- Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.
- The future of data analysis. Annals of Mathematical Statistics 33 (1), (1962), page 13.
- An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question.
- Super Freakonomics page 224: "as the renowned statistician John Tukey once reportedly said,"
- The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data.