Quotes on data and thinking

I've run across some quotes today that tie in with a recent thread of thinking on the idea of "being scientific" and using evidence as the basis of decisions and testing your hypotheses.

A problem without data is complaining; data without action is waste.

via Jamie Flinchbaugh's IndustryyWeek piece, Don't Waste Your Metrics. He doesn't think it is a specific quote, and I couldn't find a match.  But that led me to a couple more.

Never theorize before you have data. Invariably, you end up twisting facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
- Sherlock Holmes

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
- Max Planck

 Always check your assumptions, test your ideas, and … THINK.

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On a similar theme

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen ~ Albert Einstein

And at the risk of being a pedant, I suspect Sherlock Holmes spelt theorise with an S

How is that for a linguistic inferiority complex?


Thanks, James! Of course, Sherlock would spell it that way. I found it on a website of American English origin, so we have the other spelling.

mary said:

Good quotes. Now if all lawyers would subscribe to the merret of these quotes and decline cases they do not think are ethically right.

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