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Colin Powell
April 5, 1937 -
Nationality: American
Category: Statesman
Subcategory: American Statesman

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.


You don't know what you can get away with until you try.


I don't want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches.


The United States is not stingy. We are the greatest contributor to international relief efforts in the world.


Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.


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.


If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.


90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.


Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.


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.


Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they're being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I'm black. I tell them, 'Don't stop now. If I shot somebody you'd mention it.'


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.


The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.


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.


Wouldn't it be great if we could look forward to a whole world in which no child will be left behind?


No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.


I was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx, went to public school, got out of public college, went into the Army, and then I just stuck with it.


Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.


The purposes of the United States should not be doubted. The Security Council resolutions will be enforced - the just demands of peace and security will be met - or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power.


There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.


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