Ronald Fisher Quotes

The academic mind as we know is sometimes capable of assuming an aggressive attitude. The official mind on the contrary is and has to be expert in the art of self-defence.

The statistician cannot evade the responsibility for understanding the process he applies or recommends.

The best causes tend to attract to their support the worst arguments which seems to be equally true in the intellectual and in the moral sense.

The analysis of variance is not a mathematical theorem but rather a convenient method of arranging the arithmetic.

the so-called co-efficient of heritability which I regard as one of those unfortunate short-cuts which have often emerged in biometry for lack of a more thorough analysis of the data.

Fairly large print is a real antidote to stiff reading.

No efforts of mine could avail to make the book easy reading.

After all it is a common weakness of young authors to put too much into their papers.

Experimental observations are only experience carefully planned in advance and designed to form a secure basis of new knowledge.

To consult the statistician after an experiment is finished is often merely to ask him to conduct a post mortem examination. He can perhaps say what the experiment died of.

To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a post-mortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of.

... the actual and physical conduct of an experiment must govern the statistical procedure of its interpretation.

The more highly adapted an organism becomes the less adaptable it is to any new change.

The best time to plan an experiment is after you've done it.

Natural selection is not evolution.

Faith Is Not Credulity.

In scientific subjects the natural remedy for dogmatism has been found in research.

Natural selection is a mechanism for generating an exceedingly high degree of improbability.

This is perhaps the most important book on evolutionary genetics ever written

Inductive inference is the only process known to us by which essentially new knowledge comes into the world.

The statistician cannot excuse himself from the duty of getting his head clear on the principles of scientific inference but equally no other thinking man can avoid a like obligation.

The million million million ... to one chance happens once in a million million million ... times no matter how surprised we may be that it results in us.