Statistics Anecdotes (Post No.3224)


Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 6 October 2016


Time uploaded in London: 18-42


Post No.3224


Pictures are taken from various sources; thanks.






In the course of a Parliamentary debate, an opponent of Disraeli government was supporting his arguments and charges with a ponderous and bewildering barrage of statistics. Instead of scurrying around for similar ammunition to refuse these arguments, Disraeli rose and commented dryly,

Gentlemen, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.




Louis Sterne of London tells this story of his father Simon Sterne who, while dining with Chauncey Depew and Edward Atkinson, was appealed to by the latter:

Now, Sterne, you can bear me out in this; you know

(Quoting certain statistics)

And that figures never lie.

Never, said Mr Sterne gravely, except when liars figure.




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  1. Oh, yes ! We remember that Disraeli said about three kinds of lies:
    “Lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

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