Friday, July 1, 2011

Intelligence Analyst "Words To Live By" -- #6 (SurveyMonkey.com)

This is the sixth of 10 surveys I intend to conduct to determine which are the "best" quotes, sayings and words of wisdom for intelligence analysts.

If you want more detail on why I am doing this, see the previous post.

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Voting on the first five lists is still open:
List 1
List 2
List 3
List 4
List 5

The current frontrunners from the fifth list include (with the percentage representing the percent of respondents who said move it up the list):

"90% of everything you need is public." -- Numerous (52%)
"There is nothing more necessary than good intelligence to frustrate a designing enemy and nothing requires greater pains to obtain." -- George Washington (74%)
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is." -- Yogi Berra (52%)
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." -- Aristotle (70%)
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly, one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." -- Sherlock Holmes (77%)
 "Correlation is not causation." -- Anonymous (72%)
 "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." -- Sun Tzu (74%)
  
All other entries are currently below 50%.