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A diversion -- your favourite CI and strategy quotes

A diversion to start the work week -- what are your favourite CI/strategy quotes?

"Skate to where the puck's going, not where it's been."
Walter Gretzky (Wayne's father)

"Fools rush in..."
Alexander Pope

"Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated."
Sun Tzu


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Loose lips, sink ships - Winston Churchill
Continuity gives us roots
Change gives us branches
Letting us stretch and grow
And reach new heights - Pauline R Kezer
If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes - Andrea Jung, Avon
"Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom." Stephen Vincent Benet
"Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions." - Cullen Hightower
"Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack." - Henry Miller
"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." - Marcel Proust
"To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future." - Plutarch
"Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" - T. S. Eliot
"It is wiser to find out than to suppose" - Mark Twain
A few of my favorites:

"It's pardonable to be defeated but never to be surprised" (Frederick the Great)

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." (Dr Samuel Johnson)

"It's not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change" (Attributed to Charles Darwin but almost certainly not said by him - if you can find where he did say it, please let me know).

“We do not deal with certainties. The world of intelligence is the world of probabilities. Getting the information is not usually the most difficult task. What is difficult is putting upon it the right interpretation. Analysis is everything. James Bond is not the real world” (Issur Harel - the Israeli spy chief responsible for capturing Eichmann)

And one from one of the best CI thinkers - Leonard Fuld:
"Where money changes hands so does information"


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