Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Mark Twain (18351910)
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
MARK TWAIN, Mark Twains Autobiography, p. 246 (1924), quotes this as a remark attributed to Disraeli.
Current quotation books, in addition to naming Mark Twain or Disraeli, have suggested Henry Labouchère, Abram S. Hewitt, and Holloway H. Frost; one bravely says author unidentified.
The quotation, or a variation, seems to be known internationally. When a Russian citizen was interviewed, following the death of Chernenko, he began by saying, As one of your writers said, There are three kinds of lie: a small lie, a big lie and politics.Time, March 25, 1985, p. 21.