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National Intelligence Quotes


"You can't get closer to the heart of national sovereignty than national security and intelligence services." - Gijs De Vries

"He who seeks intelligence lacks intelligence." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I strongly agree that a National Intelligence Director should be established to oversee and coordinate the 15 federal intelligence agencies." - Jim Ramstad

"Our intelligence community needs better coordination of operations and exchange of information, and that's why we need an overall director of national intelligence and a national counterterrorism center." - Jim Ramstad

"Intelligence complicates. Wisdom simplifies." - Mason Cooley

"Intelligence makes sincerity difficult." - Mason Cooley

"Intelligence forbids tears." - Doris Lessing

"Improving our national intelligence capabilities should remain a top priority and a continual process." - Blanche Lincoln

"The skills of the British intelligence community are a great national asset." - John Scarlett

"I certainly believe that improving our intelligence is of important national interest." - Jeff Sessions

"The Committee's review of a series of intelligence shortcomings, to include intelligence prior to 9/11 and the pre-war intelligence on Iraq, clearly reveal how vital a diverse intelligence workforce is to our national security." - Jane Harman

"Mind is memory, not intelligence." - Rajneesh

"Lieutenant General Michael Flynn ran the defense intelligence agency from 2012 to 2014. He served as a top national intelligence adviser to General Stanley McChrystal in Iraq." - Lawrence O'Donnell

"Intelligence comes from meditation, intelligence comes from rebellion, intelligence does not come from memory" - Rajneesh

"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

"I have had national security background, 10 years on the Intelligence Committee, the last two years as chair." - Bob Graham

"Louis Freeh said on national TV that actionable intelligence could have allowed us to stop the hijackings." - Curt Weldon

"National honor is national property of the highest value." - James Monroe

"National injustice is the surest road to national downfall." - William E Gladstone

"Consumerism is our national religion." - Jennifer Stone

"Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun." - George Scialabba

"Humility is the beginning of true intelligence." - John Calvin

"Intelligence is a mere instrument of circumstances." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"I can remember when I was National Security Adviser, the intelligence community told us... they put out an intelligence report saying that Iran would never back off from attacks on shipping in the Gulf if we use force." - Frank Carlucci

"You have multiple intelligence agencies. They all ultimately report to the director of national intelligence but, you know, it never comes in neat packages. So you have to make judgments on what you have, and it's not easy to do." - Raymond Kelly

"Nothing is more important to national security and the making and conduct of good policy than timely, accurate, and relevant intelligence. Nothing is more critical to accurate and relevant intelligence than independent analysis." - Dennis C Blair

"...the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile." - Robert Kennedy

"I've found him to be a disappointment. Wonderful speech in Egypt, and good intentions aside, foreign policy needs to be firmly grounded in reality, and understanding of a sort of chaos theory...[that is to say] it needs to be part good intention, part political intelligence, and part political savvy and knowledge of international interests and national burdens. President Obama has been extremely short-sighted in this sense, and if he fails, it will be a tragic blow for peaceniks and multilateralists the world over, and a manna from heaven for the Republican party." - Munir Butt

"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

"If you look at military and intelligence positions from the 1950s, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been against American national interests." - Abdallah II

"If you look at military and intelligence positions from the 1950s, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been against American national interests." - Abdallah Ii Of Jordan

"The Intelligence Committee will also examine present counterintelligence programs for the Department of Energy, the National Laboratories, and the Department of Defense." - Charles Bass

"I have an unshaken conviction that democracy can never be undermined if we maintain our library resources and a national intelligence capable of utilizing them." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Since other countries and terrorist organizations are working to secure information that could threaten national security, more funding is provided in the bill to increase counter-intelligence activities." - Roger Wicker

"Not all intelligence can be artificial now, so if we make a mistake, the consequences are no longer simply located within an institution or a national culture." - William Irwin Thompson

"In the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep full control over their police forces, security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities." - Gijs De Vries

"I will not, nor will I ever, publicly divulge sensitive intelligence sources and methods. For when that happens, our national security is endangered and lives can be lost." - John O Brennan

"The Patriot Act removed major legal barriers that prevented the law enforcement, intelligence, and national defense communities from talking and coordinating their work to protect the American people and our national security." - Jon Porter

"Angels are not merely forms of extraterrestrial intelligence. They are forms of extra-cosmic intelligence." - Mortimer Adler

"When emotional intelligence merges with spiritual intelligence, human nature is transformed." - Deepak Chopra

"You don't need intelligence to have luck, but you do need luck to have intelligence." - Proverbs

"There is no national science, just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science." - Anton Chekhov

"The happy ending is our national belief." - Mary Mccarthy

"Religion is no more national than conscience." - Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau

"Culture Clash is a national treasure." - Philip Kan Gotanda

"We should raise the national minimum wage." - Hillary Clinton

"I would have never thought that I would hear myself saying that the president of the United States is afraid of the CIA. But he is. He's afraid of the NSA as well. How else to explain that the National Intelligence director, who lied under oath to his senate overseers on the 12th of March 2013, is still the director of National Intelligence?" - Ray McGovern

"The intelligence community's 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) stated, in a formal presentation to President Bush and to Congress, its view that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction - a belief in which the NIE said it held a 90% level of confidence. That is about as certain as the intelligence community gets on any subject. ..." - Laurence Silberman

"Remember, meditation will bring you more and more intelligence, infinite intelligence, a radiant intelligence. Meditation will make you more alive and sensitive; your life will become richer" - Rajneesh

"NDA not only stands for National Democratic Alliance but is also the National Development Alliance." - Narendra Modi

"The dissolution of the nation destroys the national religion, and dethrones the national deity." - William Robertson Smith

"I think whatever nation or whoever develops one artificial intelligence will probably make it so that artificial intelligence always stays ahead of any other developing artificial intelligence at any other point in time. It might even do things like send viruses to a second artificial intelligence, just so it can wipe it out, to protect its grounds. It's gonna be very similar to national politics." - Zoltan Istvan

"There's no underestimating the intelligence of the American public." - H L Mencken

"We lie in the lap of immense intelligence." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Artificial intelligence will never be a match for natural stupidity." - Joseph Addison

"Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery." - Thomas W. Moore

"Truth knows no color; it appeals to intelligence." - Ralph Wiley

"Man has made use of his intelligence; he invented stupidity." - Remy De Gourmont

"Hungry Hatred, will not strive against intelligence self-interest." - T S Eliot

"Intelligence is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life." - Henri Bergson

"Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence." - Henrik Tikkanen

"Destroying something, any idiot can do. Creating needs intelligence." - Rajneesh

"Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence." - Ken Robinson

"We pay a high price for intelligence. Wisdom hurts." - Euripides

"A tradition without intelligence is not worth having." - T S Eliot

"Our biggest problem is that our intelligence is not intelligent" - Julius Malema

"The intelligence of an individual in not a fixed quantity." - Alfred Binet

"Love is the only emotion that expands intelligence" - Humberto Maturana

"I like how glasses suggest intelligence instead of broken eyes." - Kelly Oxford

"The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence: cynicism." - Albert Camus

"There's nothing sexier in a man than intelligence." - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

"Beauty without intelligence, is a masterpiece painted on a napkin." - Barbara Palvin

"Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined" - Nas

"Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence." - Henrik Tikkanen

"Artificial Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity." - Anonymous

"The difference between intelligence and an education is this-that intelligence will make you a good living." - Charles Kettering

"Information Superhighway is really an acronym for 'Interactive Network For Organizing, Retrieving, Manipulating, Accessing And Transferring Information On National Systems, Unleashing Practically Every Rebellious Human Intelligence, Gratifying Hackers, Wiseacres, And Yahoos'." - Kevin Kwaku

"We want the National Intelligence, we want the Police, we want the Scorpions, any other institutions, the tax people, and so on, the totality of these bodies, to get together." - Thabo Mbeki

"In matters of national security emotion is no substitute for intelligence, nor rigidity for prudence. To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man - and also a nation." - Adlai Stevenson

"Over the course of two years, we arrived at a point where we began to look at the value added by making information more easily accessible across the intelligence community, both defense and national." - Stephen Cambone

"Legislation passed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 enhanced our intelligence capabilities and strengthened our national defense, but until now our nation's immigration policies have not adapted to the needs of a post-September 11th world." - Chris Chocola

"A lot of the things that we've been able to do in the last several years were Democratic ideas, including the structure for this new director of national intelligence." - Jane Harman

"I believe that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act must be reformed. We must improve the American public's confidence in, and perception of, our national security programs, by increasing transparency, strengthening oversight, and safeguarding civil liberties." - Dutch Ruppersberger

"In America, you have the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. You've got drones now being considered for domestic surveillance. You have the National Security Agency building the world's giantest spy center." - Heather Brooke

"As the Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, I have been briefed since 2003 on a highly classified NSA foreign collection program that targeted Al Qaeda. I believe the program is essential to US national security and that its disclosure has damaged critical intelligence capabilities." - Jane Harman

"The president doesn't order the military to seize political opponents. He doesn't order his intelligence community to lie about national security for political purposes. He uses the military or intelligence communities to protect the United States and our citizens, not to help him win elections." - Kathleen Troia Mcfarland

"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

"Despite all the noise and hullabaloo - military cooperation, intelligence cooperation, all of that has continued. We have defended them consistently in every imaginable way. But I also believe that both for our national interests and Israel's national interests that allowing an ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that could get worse and worse over time is a problem. And that settlements contribute." - Barack Obama

"A group of national security experts, military intelligence experts, issued a very concerning statement about Senator Bernie Sanders's views on foreign policy and national security, pointing out some of the comments he has made on these issues, such as inviting Iranian troops into Syria to try to resolve the conflict there; putting them right at the doorstep of Israel." - Hillary Clinton

"Michael Jackson National African American Art Examiner Series" - Aberjhani

"Nobody ever wins the National Open. Somebody loses it." - Bobby Jones

"We beseech [God] to pardon our national and other transgressions..." - George Washington

"Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence." - George William Curtis

"The university is the last remaining platform for national dissent." - Leon Eisenberg

"Whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner." - Adolf Hitler

"FC Barcelona is the national team of Catalonia" - Carles Puyol

"Stupidity is a personal achievement which transcends national boundaries." - Albert Einstein

"National security is the fig leaf against freedom of information." - Ralph Nader

"At school my nickname is the National Anthem girl." - Diana DeGarmo

"Without establishing national laws, how can you suppress the rebellion?" - Ma Hongkui

"Beloved friends and comrades... the national Libertarian Party is dead." - L Neil Smith

"Both on an individual and a national scale, debt imprisons." - Tom Hodgkinson

"Violence as a way of gaining power... is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security..." - Alfred Adler

"All upright Germans will be National Socialists, but only the best National Socialists will be party members!" - Adolf Hitler

"The jelly-bean eating thug says that national defense is important. But national defense starts at home." - Dick Gregory

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert H Humphrey

"The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence." - Lyman Bryson

"I paint my pictures with all the considerations which are natural to my intelligence, and according as my intelligence understands them." - Paolo Veronese

"The first mark of intelligence, to be sure, is not to start things; the second mark of intelligence is to pursue to the end what you have started." - Franklin Edgerton

"Although intelligence tests are usually speed tests for the sake of convenience, it is debatable whether speed has any rightful place in the basic concept of intelligence." - Isabel Briggs Myers

"If we had complete knowledge, you wouldn't need any intelligence gathering whatsoever. The president isn't god. We do have intelligence gathering." - Ann Coulter

"Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence." - Albert Edward Wiggam

"Is artificial intelligence less than our intelligence?" - Spike Jonze

"We need to look at [Osama bin Laden killing ] as a great victory for the American military and intelligence personnel and for the American people. A lot of bravery and courage displayed by those folks on behalf of all of us. It's also a good day for the administration. I think President [Barack] Obama and his national security team acted on the intelligence when it came in, and they deserve a lot of credit, too." - Sarah Palin

"Taking somebody's money without permission is stealing, unless you work for the IRS; then it's taxation. Killing people en masse is homicidal mania, unless you work for the Army; then it's National Defense. Spying on your neighbors is invasion of privacy, unless you work for the FBI; then it's National Security. Running a whorehouse makes you a pimp and poisoning people makes you a murderer, unless you work for the CIA; then it's counter-intelligence." - Robert Anton Wilson

"Whatever you do, do it with intelligence, and keep the end in view." - Thomas A Kempis

"It's incredible how much intelligence is used in this world to prove nonsense." - Christian Friedrich Hebbel

"The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence." - Al-Ma'arri

"Moral courage is more a rare commodity than bravery in a battle or great intelligence." - John F Kennedy

"Intelligence comes into being when the mind, the heart and the body are really harmonious." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Wealth is not a matter of intelligence, it's a matter of inspiration." - Jim Rohn

"To protect any community, we need intelligence and to nourish it we need humility." - Radhanath Swami

"The mind that doggedly insists on prejudice often has not intelligence enough to change." - Pearl S Buck

"Comprehension, inventiveness, direction, and criticism: intelligence is contained in these four words." - Alfred Binet

"It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence." - James Russell Lowell

"A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The strength of my Princeton teams has always been attitude, intelligence and discipline." - Pete Carril

"What political leaders decide, intelligence services tend to seek to justify." - Henry A Kissinger

"Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow." - Helen Keller

"The greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers the most from its own limitations." - Andre Gide

"Cats virtually always underestimate human intelligence just as we, perhaps, underestimate theirs." - Roger Caras

"There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence." - Massimo Vignelli

"Betrayal, in one form or another, is at the very heart of the world of intelligence." - Thomas Powers

"The intelligence is proved not by ease of learning, but by understanding what we learn." - Joe Whitney

"When the world's run by fools it's the duty of intelligence to disobey." - Martin Firrell

"I feel a near passion for intelligence at grips with itself and not letting go." - Monique Wittig

"In fact, we live in a culture where intelligence, exceptional or not, is reviled." - Fran Lebowitz

"I admit I distorted intelligence to please Stalin because I feared him." - Filipp Golikov

"No human is more intelligent than the other...just more adept at certain areas of intelligence." - Siddharth Katragadda

"Anne Arundel County has become the world's epicenter of military intelligence and defense-related information technology." - John R. Leopold

"Perhaps the best test of a man's intelligence is his capacity for making a summary." - Lytton Strachey

"I believe in the existence of a Supreme Intelligence pervading the Universe." - Thomas A Edison

"Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." - Nick Bostrom

"I don't necessarily self-identify as a writer, 'cause it implies a certain level of intelligence." - Michael Ian Black

"Anybody can lead a frivolous life. A frivolous writer, however, must have taste and intelligence." - Mason Cooley

"Knowledge is not intelligence." - Heraclitus

"Intelligence can't be insulted." - Nick Rhodes

"The ability to keep your mouth shut is usually a sign of intelligence" - Holly Goldberg Sloan

"The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear." - Karl A Menninger



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