From Andreas Kupries on Mon, 05 Jul 1999
"There are lies, damned lies, and benchmarks"
(from http://linuxgazette.net/issue42/lg_answer42.html) is incomplete. The completed sentence is:
There are lies, damned lies, statistics, benchmarks
and delivery dates.
(Not my invention, saw it as sig somewhere on usenet).
One of the pages I linked to in this article implied that this was a paraphrase of a comment by Benjamin Disraeli (http://www.skittler.demon.co.uk/victorians/disraeli.htm).
I don't actually know any about Disreali other than what I just read in this link that Yahoo! spit out. I'd heard the name before, that was all. Overall he sounds like quite a chap. We could use a few more like him in modern government ... on both sides of the big puddle, I'd say.