I think this is kind of like asking "will your Land Rover make it up my driveway?", but I'll assume the question was asked in all seriousness.
-- Ista Zahn (in response to a request for replication of some data preprocessing done in SAS)
R-help (April 2011)

If you aren't sure of the relative priority of two operators, use parentheses. 1:(nr-1) would work regardless of whether : or - had higher priority. Or, in extreme cases, read the documentation.
-- Duncan Murdoch
R-help (August 2005)

Can one be a good data analyst without being a half-good programmer? The short answer to that is, 'No.' The long answer to that is, 'No.'
-- Frank Harrell
1999 S-PLUS User Conference, New Orleans (October 1999)

I have never heard anyone (knowledgable or otherwise) claim that, in the absence of transition costs, SAS is better than R for equity modeling. If you come across any such claim, I would be happy to refute it.
-- David Kane
R-SIG-Finance (December 2004)

John Fox: I've never understood why it's legal to change the built-in global "constants" in R, including T and F. That just seems to me to set a trap for users. Why not treat these as reserved symbols, like TRUE, Inf, etc.?
Rolf Turner: I rather enjoy being able to set pi <- 3.
-- John Fox and Rolf Turner
R-help (June 2013)

A sufficiently trained statistician can read the vagaries of a Q-Q plot like a shaman can read a chicken's entrails, with a similar recourse to scientific principles. Interpreting Q-Q plots is more a visceral than an intellectual exercise. The uninitiated are often mystified by the process. Experience is the key here.
-- Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Murdoch University
StatsNotes

The trouble with nonstandard evaluation is that it doesn't follow standard evaluation rules...
-- Peter Dalgaard (about nonstandard evaluation in the curve() function)
R-help (June 2011)

Spencer Graves: What do you think about adding a "No RTFM" policy to the R mailing lists?
Michael Dewey: You raise an interesting point but the responses to your post remind us that people (and indeed whole cultures) are not all situated at the same point on the continuum of directness between "It's a cow, stupid" and "From this side it looks not unlike a cow".
-- Spencer Graves and Michael Dewey (reply after a long discussion of a potential "No RTFM" policy)
R-help (August 2010)

Although there is almost never a "No" in R, the best short answer is: "No".
-- Uwe Ligges (in response to the question whether R has a concept of "const objects" as in C++ that avoid modification)
R-help (March 2011)

2-D pie charts are terrible. That makes 3-D pie charts terrible to the 3/2 power.
-- Frank Harrell
R-help (April 2006)

When in doubt, keep adding slashes until it works.
-- Joran Elias (on how to escape a backslash in R)
Stackoverflow (March 2015)

In real life, be very careful before denigrating a child to its mother or father... so calling a something a bug in R which is none, is evoking feelings among R's parents... ;-)
-- Martin Maechler (after a package author reported a bug in R that was actually a bug in his own code)
R-devel (May 2015)

Zhu Wang: I am trying to create a library which uses some Fortran source files [...]
Douglas Bates: Someone named Martin Maechler will shortly be sending you email regarding the distinction between 'library' and 'package' :-)
-- Zhu Wang and Douglas Bates
R-help (May 2004)

It appears to me that you do not understand even basic statistics. As a corollary to that impression I would suggest that giving you advice about the use of R for scientific investigation could be morally similar to giving you advice about how to do your own household wiring.
-- David Winsemius
R-help (November 2009)

3-D bar plots are an abomination. Just because Excel can do them doesn't mean you should.
(Dismount pulpit).
-- Berton Gunter
R-help (October 2007)

Actually the documentation of sunflowerplot is wrong in botanical sense. Sunflowers have composite flowers in capitula, and the things called 'petals' in documentation are ligulate, sterile ray-florets (each with vestigial petals which are not easily visible in sunflower, but in some other species you may see three (occasionally two) teeth).
-- Jari Oksanen
R-help (December 2007)

R is wonderful, but it cannot work magic.
-- Rolf Turner (answering a request for automatic generation of 'data from a known mean and 95% CI')
R-help (October 2011)

So good advice here is: Beware of good advice about this. (Of course, I may just be an outlier ...)
-- Berton Gunter (replying to the question what the best way to detect an outlier is)
R-help (September 2004)

Spencer Graves: What do you think about adding a "No RTFM" policy to the R mailing lists?
Michael Dewey: You raise an interesting point but the responses to your post remind us that people (and indeed whole cultures) are not all situated at the same point on the continuum of directness between "It's a cow, stupid" and "From this side it looks not unlike a cow".
-- Spencer Graves and Michael Dewey (reply after a long discussion of a potential "No RTFM" policy)
R-help (August 2010)

Please don't apply R like a magic answers box, because you can mislead others and cause harm.
-- Jeff Newmiller (about how much statistical knowledge is needed for using R)
R-help (May 2016)

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