Quotations by Edward Tufte

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Born: Saturday, March 14, 1942
Profession: Educator
Nationality: American


A curious consequence is that I have become a minor celebrity.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Celebrity)

A practical part of my teaching is to provide demonstrative, hands-on experiences.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Teaching)

Beautiful Evidence is about the theory and practice of analytical design.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Design, Practice, Theory)

I am certainly not an intellectual relativist, nor a moral relativist.
- Edward Tufte

I do believe that there are some universal cognitive tasks that are deep and profound - indeed, so deep and profound that it is worthwhile to understand them in order to design our displays in accord with those tasks.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Design, Deep, Order)

I hope that I am generous and tolerant, but certainly on the intellectual side I think that there are discoverable truths, and some things that are closer approximations to the truth than others.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Truth, Hope)

I think it is important for software to avoiding imposing a cognitive style on workers and their work.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Work, Software, Style, Workers)

I was writing a chapter of Beautiful Evidence on the subject of the sculptural pedestal, which led to my thinking about what's up on the pedestal - the great leader.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Leader, Thinking, Writing)

If you like overheads, you'll love PowerPoint.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Love)

It is straightforward for me to be ethical, responsible, and kind-hearted because I have the resources to support that.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Support)

My father worked for governments all his life as an engineer and public works director.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Life, Father, Public)

My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature's laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Nature, Idea, Culture, Gender, Information, Language, Laws, Principles)

Public discussions are part of what it takes to make changes in the trillions of graphics published each year.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Public)

That is to say, nature's laws are causal; they reveal themselves by comparison and difference, and they operate at every multivariate space/time point.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Nature, Difference, Laws)

The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly - to develop strategies of seeing and showing.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Art, Science, Trying)

The goal is to provide analytical tools that will last students a lifetime.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Goal, Students, Tools, Will)

The idea of trying to create things that last - forever knowledge - has guided my work for a long time now.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Time, Work, Idea, Knowledge, Trying)

The leading edge in evidence presentation is in science; the leading edge in beauty is in high art.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Art, Beauty, Science, Leading)

The minimum we should hope for with any display technology is that it should do no harm.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Technology, Hope, Harm)

The point of the essay is to change things.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Change)

The speculative part of my work is that these particular cognitive tasks - ways of thinking analytically - are tied to nature's laws.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Work, Nature, Laws, Thinking)

There are many true statements about complex topics that are too long to fit on a PowerPoint slide.
- Edward Tufte

What gets left out is the narrative between the bullets, which would tell us who's going to do what and how we're going to achieve the generic goals on the list.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Goals)

What this means is that we shouldn't abbreviate the truth but rather get a new method of presentation.
- Edward Tufte
(Keywords: Truth)







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