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Robert Graves

“There is no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting.”


Epidemiology Professor

“You get closer and closer to the truth, but you never actually get there.”


Structural Equation Modeling Professor

“There are 3 types of biostatisticians: those who can count, and those who cannot.”


Hadley Wickham

“Like families, tidy datasets are all alike but every messy dataset is messy in its own way.”


The BMJ, Epidemiology for the Uninitiated

“Epidemiology thrives on heterogeneity. If everyone smoked 20 cigarettes a day the link with lung cancer would have been undetectable. Lung cancer might then have been considered a “genetic disease”, because its distribution depended on susceptibility to the effects of smoking.”


Joshua Schimel, Writing Science

“Although statistics are essential for establishing the credibility of your conclusions, remember that the story is not in the statistics—it is in the data themselves.”


FDA Regulation of Biopharmaceuticals Lecturer

“Drugs aren’t necessarily safe, but safe enough for their indication.”


Cal Newport, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

“If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.”


Tenured biostatistics professor

“Do you know your data well enough to determine whether that analysis is appropriate?”


Joshua Schimel, Writing Science, p. 7

“An artist never completes a work – they merely let it go”


It’s easier to be conservative when you have something to conserve.


George S. Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon

“The hungrier one becomes, the clearer one’s mind works – also the more sensitive one becomes to the odors of food.”

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