Pithy Data Aphorisms

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion .” Edwards Deming

“Data that is loved tends to survive.” – Kurt Bollacker

“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.” – Daniel Keys Moran, science fiction writer

“Data matures like wine, applications like fish.” – James Governor

“There’s a strand of the data viz world that argues that everything could be a bar chart. That’s possibly true but also possibly a world without joy. – Amanda Cox

“To find signals in data, we must learn to reduce the noise – not just the noise that resides in the data, but also the noise that resides in us. It is nearly impossible for noisy minds to perceive anything but noise in data.” – Stephen Few, Signal: Understanding What Matters in a World of Noise

“By the time your perfect information has been gathered, the world has moved on.” Phil Dourado, The 60 Second Leader: Everything You Need to Know about Leadership, in One Minute Bites

“Your relevance as a data custodian is your ability to analyse and interpret it. If you can’t, your replacement is due.” – Wisdom Kwashie Mensah

“… if you think your data is clean, you haven’t looked at it hard enough.” – Eben Hewitt

“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” – Ronald H. Coase, Essays on Economics and Economists