Perhaps you’re wondering if a career in data science is the right move for you, or reflecting what industry legends have to say about the future of big data. You’re probably digging some research on what experts have to say about the hottest topics in the industry – data privacy and security. 

Without data, your company is vulnerable. It’s a hundred billion dollar market, and surely, you’re aware of the fact that companies have created oceans of data from which they can extract real business value. 

Here’s a highly comprehensive list of Seventeen Quotes on Data that can quench all types of curiosity thirst and add a great business perspective in the last quarter of 2019. 

Now, you don’t have to spend hours foraging google. We’ve done all the work for you.

Quotes to prove that without Analytics, your company is vulnerable. 

1.“The human side of analytics is the biggest challenge to implementing big data.” – Paul Gibbons, author of “The Science of Successful Organizational Change.”

2.“On average, people should be more skeptical when they see numbers. They should be more willing to play around with the data themselves.” – Nate Silver, founder, and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

3.“Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the Web like deer on a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore, Author of Crossing the Chasm & Inside the Tornado

Quotes that throw light on Data Privacy and Security 

4.“Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident security.” – Edmund Burke, British philosopher, and statesman.

5.“You know something is wrong when the government declares opening someone else’s mail is a felony, but your internet activity is fair game for data collecting.” – E.A. Bucchianeri, author.

6.“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Don’t store unnecessary data, keep an eye on what’s happening, and don’t take unnecessary risks.” – Chris Bell, former U.S. congressman.

Quotes about Data Scientists 

7.“I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I’m not kidding” –  Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google

8.“What sort of personality makes for an effective data scientist? Definitely curiosity…. The biggest question in data science is ‘Why?’ Why is this happening? If you notice that there’s a pattern, ask, “Why?” Is there something wrong with the data or is this an actual pattern going on? Can we conclude anything from this pattern? A natural curiosity will definitely give you a good foundation.” Carla Gentry, Data Scientist at Talent Analytics

9.You can best learn data mining and data science by doing, so start analyzing data as soon as you can! However, don’t forget to learn the theory, since you need a good statistical and machine learning foundation to understand what you are doing and to find real nuggets of value in the noise of big data.” ―Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, President, KDnuggets

10.“There is a saying, ‘A jack of all trades and a master of none.’ When it comes to being a data scientist you need to be a bit like this, but perhaps a better saying would be, ‘A jack of all trades and a master of some.’  ―Brendan Tierney, Principal Consultant at Oralytics

11.“As data scientists, our job is to extract the signal from noise.” ― Daniel Tunkelang, Consultant / Advisor

Quotes on the future of Big Data 

12.“Big data will spell the death of customer segmentation and force the marketer to understand each customer as an individual within 18 months or risk being left in the dust.” –  Ginni Rometty, chairman, president, and CEO of IBM

13.“Every company has big data in its future and every company will eventually be in the data business.” – Thomas H.Davenport, American academic and author specializing in analytics, business process innovation, and knowledge management

14.Big Data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” Dan Ariely, Professor at Duke University. 

15.“Big data will replace the need for 80% of all doctors.” – Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and founder of Khosla Ventures.

16.Data are becoming the new raw material of business. – By Craig Mundie, Senior Advisor to the CEO at Microsoft

17.“The world is one big data problem.” – Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist, MIT.

With that, we come to the end of this listicle. Perhaps, some fortified what you already believed about data. Perhaps some others completely shook you, changing how you think about data completely. 

At the end of the day, a fine quote is like a diamond in the hand of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool. Have we missed any of your favorite data quotes? Do you have any thoughts on the quotes we shared? Let us know by tweeting to @xtract_io.


Balakarthiga is a marketer and tech optimist. She believes in data-driven business decisions and believes in using marketing as a powerful tool in driving the business forward. She is also an avid blogger, a published author, and a budding market research enthusiast.

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