"I was looking for something like baseball, where there's a lot of data and the competition was pretty low. That's when I discovered politics."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Nate Silver on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Nate Silver on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Nate Silver on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Nate Silver on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Nate Silver on Joseph Stalin
"I love South American food, and I haven't really been down there. I really need a vacation."
"When human judgment and big data intersect there are some funny things that happen."
"When you try to predict future E.R.A.'s with past E.R.A.'s, you're making a mistake."
"Distinguishing the signal from the noise requires both scientific knowledge and self-knowledge."
"We're not that much smarter than we used to be, even though we have much more information - and that means the real skill now is learning how to pick out the useful information from all this noise."