General Colin Powell Quotes

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  • 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.
  • Don’t be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.
  • 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.
  • Get mad, then get over it.
  • 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 can think of nothing that Saddam Hussein can do diplomatically (to avoid war). I think that time is now over. He’s had his chance, he has had many chances over the last 12 years and he has blown every one of those chances.
  • It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
  • Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
  • No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
  • Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
  • Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
  • Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
  • The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.
  • Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.
  • War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support.
  • We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we’ve done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in.
  • When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I’ll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.
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