19 Inspirational Quotes About Data

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If you were asked to share one inspirational thought about data, what would it be? From tech leaders to data ops experts, many people have shared their most thought-provoking quotes about data.

Here are some of our favorite quotes about data:

  1. “Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway.” — Geoffrey Moore
  2. “In God we trust, all others bring data.” — W. Edwards Deming
  3. “Data is the new oil.” — Clive Humby
  4. “No great marketing decisions have ever been made on qualitative data.” — John Sculley
  5. “Torture the data, and it will confess to anything.” — Ronald Coase
  6. “With data collection, ‘the sooner the better’ is always the best answer.” — Marissa Mayer
  7. “Big data isn’t about bits, it’s about talent.” — Douglas Merrill
  8. “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” — Sherlock Holmes
  9. “You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.” — Daniel Keys Moran
  10. “If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” — Jim Barksdale
  11. “Above all else, show the data.” — Edward R. Tufte
  12. “Big data is at the foundation of all of the megatrends that are happening today, from social to mobile to the cloud to gaming.” — Chris Lynch
  13. “Data are just summaries of thousands of stories – tell a few of those stories to help make the data meaningful.” — Chip and Dan Heath
  14. “Without a systematic way to start and keep data clean, bad data will happen.” — Donato Diorio
  15. “Contact data ages like fish, not wine … it gets worse as it gets older, not better.” — Gregg Thaler
  16. “Data really powers everything that we do.” — Jeff Weiner
  17. “Data that is loved tends to survive.” — Kurt Bollacker
  18. “Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.” — Charles Babbage
  19. “Where there is data smoke, there is business fire.” — Thomas Redman