Colin Powell Quotes

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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
— Colin Powell

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A sense of shame is not a bad moral compass.

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Bad news isn't wine.  It doesn't improve with age.
Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.

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

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

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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.
— Colin Powell

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Tell me what you know, then tell me what you don't know, and only then can you tell me what you think. Always keep those three separated.
— Colin Powell
One of the fondest expressions around is that we can't be the world's policeman. But guess who gets called when suddenly someone needs a cop.
— Colin Powell

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

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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.
— Colin Powell

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