The 28 plus 1 top quotes about numbers, math and metrics

The top quotes for modern numbers in life and business

Making sense from the numbers

Making sense from the numbers

We wanted to create some inspirational content that blends the power of numbers and human emotions.

So, here is a collection of great quotes to stimulate thought, emotions, and perspective on the numbers we see, create and search for on a daily basis.



Some great reasons to use quotes in your day

The use of quotes is very common and popular because they help express what we think, feel, imagine or have experienced. They are powerful sources of inspiration and often are used with a connection to an influencer or leader with a tone of gravitas.

New quotes offer reinforcement of older established ideas or strengthen a new momentum of thought. They echo and answer questions we have about the world and provide insight or advice that resonates within our minds.

Creating actions from data

The use of numbers, math, analytics, and statistics goes beyond simple data. There are impacts from the decisions you generate and conclude in daily life.

As a manager or leader how you see and help create reports is as important as the choice to collect and use the data sources. These quotes help you generate a fresh perspective and hopefully challenge your daily interactions.

So, celebrate with us by reading these thoughts, ideas, and wisdom about numbers, math, statistics, and analytics.  

JAMSO takes a fresh view of data sources and information used for good decisions.

Reader homework:

Whilst you read through these quotes as yourself some questions.

-       How have I questioned the numbers I have reported?

-       What areas of life should I start to collect metrics and measures?

-       When was the last time I reviewed my data sources and frequency of their use?

-       List 3 areas you should improve your math skills.

-       How can I help share and shape metrics with my community?

-       Which quotes resonate with me the most and why?

-       Which quotes come from names you have not heard of before?

We have gathered some of the great minds to provide you these quotes and inspirations.

Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
— Aaron Levenstein

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselves – to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today. – Stewart Johnson


IT metrics have to evolve from being a cost center to becoming a revenue generator. – Pearl Zhu


The price of light is less than the cost of darkness. – Arthur Nielsen


War is 90% information. – Napoleon Bonaparte


If you torture the data long enough, it will confess. – Ronald Coase


The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value. – Arthur Schopenhauer


The price of sale for the price of fair value

The price of sale for the price of fair value

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. - Plato


If the statistics are boring, you’ve got the wrong numbers. – Edward Tufte


Statistics is the science of variation. – Douglas Bates


All models are wrong, but some models are useful. – George Box


I disliked numbers, and they didn’t think much of me either. – R J Anderson


The utmost confusion is caused when people argue on different statistical data. – Winston Churchill


An ounce of algebra is worth a ton of verbal argument. – JBS Haldane


The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see. – John Tukey


The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. – Carl Sagen


Numbers do not feel. Do not bleed or weep or hope. They do not know bravery or sacrifice. Love and allegiance. At the very apex of callousness, you will only find ones and zeros. – Amie Kaufman


Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary a qualification for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write. – H.G.Wells


If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it. – Albert Einstein


Discovery is no longer limited by the collection and processing of data, but rather management, analysis, and visualization. – Damian Mingle


Measure to solve problems and take action to make situations better. – James Doyle


Break the rules with data viz

Break the rules with data viz

In good information visualization, there are no rules, no guidelines, no templates, no standard technologies, no style books...You must simply do whatever it takes. – Edward Tufte


If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers then no train stops at pi. – Richard Preston


Numbers and more numbers…the future of mankind has come down to decimals. I guess you will figure that out, eventually. – Anthony Hincks


Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting. – Gottfried Leibniz


Round numbers are always false. – Samuel Johnson


You have to be odd to be number one.


Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty. – Deepak Chopra


I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. – Stephen Wright


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