Colin Powell Quotes
90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.
But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you've got to compromise. You've got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward.
Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.
Don't bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.
Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.
Economy's got to get moving, we've got to get the unemployment rate down. That may be the defining issue of the campaign.
Experts often possess more data than judgment.
Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission.
Foe means enemy. Now, will we have differences of opinion with the Russians? Yes. Will they get mad at us from time to time, and we get mad at them? That's part of the normal diplomatic relations.
Get mad, then get over it.
Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it, spend time with your families.
I always like to take my time and examine the two candidates, see not only the two candidates but the policies they will bring in, the people they will bring in, who they might appoint to the Supreme Court, and look at the whole range of issues before making a decision.
I consider myself a moderate Republican. I have very, very moderate social views, and I'm pretty strong on, on defense matters.
I don't know that there is much the United States can do except work with the international community.
I don't think we handled the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad as well as we might have. But that's now history.
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April 5, 1937
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