„Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp-posts—for support rather than illumination.“
— Andrew Lang
1910 Speech, quoted in Alan L. Mackay The Harvest of a Quiet Eye (1977), as reported in Chambers Dictionary of Quotations (2005), p. 488. Variant: He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts—for support rather than illumination. Widely attributed to Lang (e.g. in Elizabeth M. Knowles, The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Oxford University Press; and in Robert Andrews, The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, Columbia University Press).