Quotations on Intelligence

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It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Intelligence, Beginning)

No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Faith, Intelligence, Man)

Millions of dollars' worth of advertising shows such little respect for the reader's intelligence that it amounts almost to outright insult.
- James Randolph Adams
(Keywords: Intelligence, Advertising, Insult, Respect, Worth)

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.
- Konrad Adenauer
(Keywords: Intelligence, God, Fact, Man, Stupidity)

People have an image of Italians. When I go somewhere in the world, I don't care where it is, when they look at me it's not about my intelligence. It's who can I beat up.
- Danny Aiello
(Keywords: Intelligence, People, Care, World)

The Gorillaz cartoons seem more real to me than the actual people on TV. Because at least you know that there's some intelligence behind the cartoons, and there's a lot of work that's gone into it, so it can't all be just a lie.
- Damon Albarn
(Keywords: Intelligence, Work, Lie, People, Cartoons)

Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
- James Allen
(Keywords: Intelligence, Love, Power, Thoughts, Being, Choice, Key, Man, Right)

The resistance of policy-makers to intelligence is not just founded on an ideological presupposition. They distrust intelligence sources and intelligence officials because they don't understand what the real problems are.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Intelligence, Policy, Distrust, Problems)

There are so many things a large intelligence espionage organization can do to justify its existence, that people can get promotions for, because it could result in results.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Intelligence, People, Existence, Result, Results)

We had periodic crises in this country when the technical intelligence didn't support the policy. We had the bomber gap, the missile gap.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Intelligence, Policy, Country, Support)

Foreign Ministry guys don't become agents. Party officials, the Foreign Ministry nerds, tend not to volunteer to Western intelligence agencies.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Intelligence, Party)

In my professional work with the Agency, by the late '70s, I had come to question the value of a great deal of what we were doing, in terms of the intelligence agency's impact on American policy.
- Aldrich Ames
(Keywords: Intelligence, Work, Policy, American, Question, Value)

Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Intelligence, Heart, Man)

The Queen's intelligence network is a hell of a lot better than anyone's in this palace. Bar none. She knows everything. I don't know how she does it. And she sees everything.
- Prince Andrew
(Keywords: Intelligence, Hell, Network, Queen)

Men create real miracles when they use their God-given courage and intelligence.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: Intelligence, Men, God, Courage, Miracles)

The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight. We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war - diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power - and we are developing new tools as we go along.
- Richard Armitage
(Keywords: Power, War, Finance, Intelligence, Diplomacy, Fight, Fighting, Law, Military, Terrorism, Today, Tools, Wage)

Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior.
- Julian Assange
(Keywords: Intelligence, Behavior, Law)

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Intelligence, Children, Creation)

She saw too that man has the power of exceeding himself, of becoming himself more entirely and profoundly than he is, truths which have only recently begun to be seen in Europe and seem even now too great for its common intelligence.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Intelligence, Power, Europe, Man, Now)

I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Intelligence, Knowledge, Character, Censure, Criticism, Respect, Right)

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Intelligence, Fools, Idiots, Passion, Youth)

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: Intelligence, Civilization, Progress, Wealth, Force, Measure, Mind)

Ron Howard is as good a person as you could want to work with on film. He never lost his cool. He's the most easygoing, lovely man, but he's got this enormous intelligence and a wonderful humanity.
- Christine Baranski
(Keywords: Intelligence, Work, Film, Humanity, Want)

It is difficult, if not impossible, to argue that laws written in the 1970s are adequate for today's intelligence challenges.
- Bob Barr
(Keywords: Intelligence, Laws, Today)

For four years, I listened to stories of intelligence failures, and it wasn't due to incompetence of anyone in the system, but that the system is so arcane.
- Charles F. Bass
(Keywords: Intelligence, Incompetence, Years)

The Intelligence Committee will also examine present counterintelligence programs for the Department of Energy, the National Laboratories, and the Department of Defense.
- Charles Foster Bass
(Keywords: Intelligence, Committee, Defense, Energy, Present, Will)

As a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, I will be participating in several hearings on the startling revelations contained in the report.
- Charles Foster Bass
(Keywords: Intelligence, Committee, Will)

Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
- Samuel Beckett
(Keywords: Intelligence, Humanity, Poets, Sense)

As liberty and intelligence have increased the people have more and more revolted against the theological dogmas that contradict common sense and wound the tenderest sensibilities of the soul.
- Catharine Beecher
(Keywords: Intelligence, Soul, People, Common sense, Liberty)

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Intelligence, Deep, Ignorance, Illusion)

A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.
- Jose Bergamin
(Keywords: Intelligence, Civilization, Weight)

We regard intelligence as man's main characteristic and we know that there is no superiority which intelligence cannot confer on us, no inferiority for which it cannot compensate.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Intelligence, Inferiority, Superiority, Man)

Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Intelligence, Instinct)

Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Intelligence, Tools)

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Intelligence, Government, Civilization, Office, Republican)

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.
- Josh Billings
(Keywords: Intelligence, Nothing)

I was an intelligence officer, not a policy-maker.
- Cofer Black
(Keywords: Intelligence, Policy)

We worked to develop our own operations to advance U.S. counterterrorism objectives by penetrating terrorist safe havens and collecting intelligence that would inform policy and enable our own operations.
- Cofer Black
(Keywords: Intelligence, Policy, Objectives)

Mr. Speaker, we are a blessed Nation. We have not suffered another attack on our soil since September 11, and we are grateful. We have killed or captured dozens of members of al Qaeda and the Taliban. Our military and intelligence forces are working both hard and smart.
- Marsha Blackburn
(Keywords: Intelligence, Military, Nation)

Judy, we think that since the 11th of September, 2001, we've faced a similar heightened threat level. And we've been enhancing both the exchange of intelligence and security information and the assessment of that information, because that's the crucial element.
- David Blunkett
(Keywords: Intelligence, Information, Security)

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.
- Edward de Bono
(Keywords: Car, Intelligence, Power, People, Poor)

I am committed to ensure that our intelligence community, law enforcement, medical professionals, and military have the information and funding needed to protect the American people from threats at home and abroad.
- Leonard Boswell
(Keywords: Home, Intelligence, Medical, People, American, Community, Information, Law, Military, professionals)

The National Intelligence Director needs the authority to do the job we are asking him to do. That means power over the intelligence budget. And to be effective, to be allowed to do his or her job, they must have authority over the budget.
- Leonard Boswell
(Keywords: Intelligence, Power, Authority, Job, Needs)

The 9/11 Commission strongly recommends that the National Intelligence Director be fully in control of the budget, from developing it to implementing it, to ensuring that the National Intelligence Director has the clout to make decisions.
- Leonard Boswell
(Keywords: Intelligence, Control, Decisions)

It's the continuation of everyone's childhood to see these young children who grow up full of life, full of intelligence, full of a sense of wonder. And within an instant they're gone from this world. It's terrible.
- Lucien Bouchard
(Keywords: Intelligence, Life, Childhood, Children, Sense, Wonder, World)

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.
- Bertolt Brecht
(Keywords: Intelligence, Mistakes)

If you look back today over the last 25 years, it is a fact that we have had a progressive degeneration of our intelligence community in general; in particular in the field of human intelligence.
- Paul Bremer
(Keywords: Intelligence, Community, Fact, Today, Years)

My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.
- Helen Gurley Brown
(Keywords: Intelligence, Success, Common sense)

In reality, serial killers are of average intelligence.
- Pat Brown
(Keywords: Intelligence, Reality)

The E.U. has moved to combat global terrorism by instituting common European arrest and evidence warrants and creating a joint situation center to pool and analyze intelligence.
- John Bruton
(Keywords: Intelligence, Terrorism)



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