„Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.“

The future of data analysis. Annals of Mathematical Statistics 33 (1), (1962), page 13.
Variante: "An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question." "as the renowned statistician John Tukey once reportedly said," according to Super Freakonomics page 224.

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—  Gracie Allen American actress and comedienne 1902 - 1964

Quelle: How to Become President (1940), Ch. 1 : Government jobs pay big money
Kontext: Who am I to talk? That’s a fair question, and one which deserves a better answer than I can give you. … Come to think of it, who are you? Whoever you are, I sympathize with you. I sympathize with everybody; that’s what I get for being a candidate myself. Let them call us nonentities. Who cares? A nonenitiy can be just as famous as anybody else if enough people know about him.
But let’s leave personalities out of this and just talk about me.

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„There are three great questions which in life we have over and over again to answer. Is it right or wrong? Is it true or false? Is it beautiful or ugly? Our education ought to help us to answer these questions.“

—  John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, buch The Use of Life

The Use of Life (1894), ch. VI: National Education
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„What is the question, to which this is the answer?“

—  Nancy Kopell American mathematician 1942

In an interview on DSweb. https://dsweb.siam.org/The-Magazine/Article/interview-with-nancy-kopell Also quoted by Alexandros Gelastopoulos in Synchronization properties and functional implications of parietal beta1 rhythm. https://open.bu.edu/handle/2144/38796 Doctoral dissertation, Boston University (2019). Preface.

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„The question of common sense is always "What is it good for?"—a question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.“

—  James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891

"Chaucer," http://books.google.com/books?id=LOdNAAAAcAAJ&q=%22The+question+of+common+sense+is+always+what+is+it+good+for+a+question+which+would+abolish+the+rose+and+be+answered+triumphantly+by+the+cabbage%22&pg=PA185#v=onepage North American Review (July 1870) http://books.google.com/books?id=sAVaov3zePMC&q=%22The+question+of+common+sense+is+always+what+is+it+good+for+a+question+which+would+abolish+the+rose+and+be+answered+triumphantly+by+the+cabbage%22&pg=PA173#v=onepage
My Study Windows (1871)

„Even if we can never quantify [satisfaction or happiness]… as precisely as we currently quantify GNP,… perhaps it is better to be vaguely right than precisely wrong.“

—  Herman E. Daly American economist 1938

Herman E. Daly and Joshua Farley, in Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications. (2003), page 234. quoted in Beyond GDP Measuring progress, true wealth, and the well-being of nations http://ec.europa.eu/environment/beyond_gdp/key_quotes_en.html, European Commission:Environment

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„It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.“

—  James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961

"The Scotty Who Knew Too Much", The New Yorker (18 February 1939)
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„If the answer is more politicians, you are asking the wrong question.“

—  John Major Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1943

Attributed to Major by Vernon Bogdanor, " Why the Lords doesn't need more politicians http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/02/11/do1104.xml", Sunday Telegraph, 11 February 2007

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