Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp-posts—for support rather than illumination.
1910 Speech, quoted in Alan L. Mackay The Harvest of a Quiet Eye (1977), as reported in Chambers Dictionary of Quotations (2005), p. 488.
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Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp-postsfor support rather than illumination.Andrew Lang
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