Thursday, June 30, 2011

Intelligence Analyst "Words To Live By" -- #5 (

This is the fifth 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 four lists is still open:
List 1
List 2
List 3
List 4

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

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool." -- Richard Feynman (61%)
"Trust but verify." -- Ronald Reagan (57%)
"Things change. There is no 'final' version of a report. There is only the 'current' version." -- Anonymous (77%)
"You are not doing your job if your research doesn't surprise you." -- Cynthia Storer (62%)
"If you think intelligence is expensive, try ignorance." -- David Jimenez (73%)

All other entries are currently below 50%.


Anonymous said...

Source of (somewhat altered) quote:

Derek Bok: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."

Kristan J. Wheaton said...


Many thanks!