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  • When curiosity turns to serious matters, it’s called research.

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830 – 1916)

  • There is so much information that our ability to focus on any piece of it is interrupted by other information, so that we bathe in information but hardly absorb or analyse it. Data are interrupted by other data before we’ve thought about the first round, and contemplating three streams of data at once may be a way to think about none of them.

    Rebecca Solnit, (1961 - )

  • Everything is data. But data isn’t everything.

    Pauline B. Bart (1930 - )

  • The ability to make sense of random data is a fundamental human attribute.

    Stephanie Winston (1935 - ) 

  • How to use facts, not how to accumulate them, is the purpose of true education.

    Pearl S. Buck (1892 – 1973)

  • One or two interesting stories don’t prove anything. ..We have to consider the term ‘anecdotal evidence’ as something close to an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms

    Kathleen Hall Jamieson (1946 - ) and Brooks Jackson (1941- )

  • … scientists … resist … making more of the data than the data make of themselves.

    Natalie Angier (1958 - )

  • When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.

    Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 -)

  • The purpose of the teacher is to 'draw out,' not 'cram in.'

    Henrietta Mears (1890 – 1963)

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