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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1768
AUTHOR:Josiah Charles Stamp (1880–1941)
QUOTATION:The individual source of the statistics may easily be the weakest link. Harold Cox tells a story of his life as a young man in India. He quoted some statistics to a Judge, an Englishman, and a very good fellow. His friend said, Cox, when you are a bit older, you will not quote Indian statistics with that assurance. The Government are very keen on amassing statistics—they collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But what you must never forget is that every one of those figures comes in the first instance from the chowty dar [chowkidar] (village watchman), who just puts down what he damn pleases.
ATTRIBUTION:JOSIAH STAMP, Some Economic Factors in Modern Life, pp. 258–59 (1929).
SUBJECTS:Statistics
 
 
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