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There are no secrets to success.
by Colin Powell

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

Related topics: Motivational Success

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

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

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

 

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
- Colin Powell

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.
- Colin Powell

Get mad, then get over it.
- Colin Powell

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

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.
- Colin Powell

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

Never neglect details.
When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.
- Colin Powell

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.
- Colin Powell

I consider myself a moderate Republican.
I have very, very moderate social views,
and I'm pretty strong on, on defense matters.
- Colin Powell

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

Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
- Colin Powell

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

Don't be afraid to challenge the pros,
even in their own backyard.
- Colin Powell

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.
- Colin Powell

I don't think we handled the aftermath of the fall
of Baghdad as well as we might have.
But that's now history.
- Colin Powell

It's nice to say let's be bipartisan.
But we're a partisan nation.
We were raised as a partisan nation.
- Colin Powell

Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes,
your ego goes with it.
- Colin Powell

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

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

Fit no stereotypes.
Don't chase the latest management fads.
The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission.
- Colin Powell

Success is the result of perfection,
hard work,
learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
- Colin Powell

Don't bother people for help without first trying to
solve the problem yourself.
- Colin Powell

Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.
- Colin Powell

Some of the generals are saying, 'We're making progress.
We are clearing an area.' But you really don't defeat
the Taliban by clearing an area.
They move.
- Colin Powell

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
- Colin Powell

We got rid of a terrible dictator.
We gave the Iraqi people an opportunity for a new life
under a representative form of government.
- Colin Powell

Too often we act - ask our schools to be truant officers,
our teachers to be truant officers, because we're giving them children who have,
you know, they're not ready to learn.
And if they're not ready to learn by the third grade,
they know they're behind.
- Colin Powell

It's a disgrace that we have millions of people who are uninsured,
but at the same time too - in the eyes of the American people,
in my judgment, it looked as if that somehow become
more important than the main attack which was to fix
the economy and get the Americans working again.
- Colin Powell

I try to be the same person I was yesterday.
- Colin Powell

I think the Iranians are clearly determined to have a nuclear program.
And we have to assume that with a nuclear program they
have the capability and the will to create a nuclear weapon.
- Colin Powell

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

The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong,
unless proved otherwise.
- Colin Powell

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.
- Colin Powell

Politics is not bean bags.
It's serious, tough stuff.
- Colin Powell

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.
- Colin Powell

The healthiest competition occurs when average people
win by putting above average effort.
- Colin Powell

It ain't as bad as you think.
It will look better in the morning.
- Colin Powell

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.
- Colin Powell

We all hoped in 2001 that we could put in place an
Afghan government under President Karzai that would
be able to control the country,
make sure al-Qaeda didn't come back,
and make sure the Taliban wasn't resurging.
It didn't work out.
- Colin Powell

The only bipartisanship you ever see is when they finally
sign a bill and everybody says,
'Gee, isn't that wonderful?'
- Colin Powell

A dream doesn't become reality through magic;
it takes sweat,
determination and hard work.
- Colin Powell

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.
- Colin Powell

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

Experts often possess more data than judgment.
- Colin Powell

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.'
- Colin Powell

You can't just have slogans, you can't just have catchy phrases.
You have to have an agenda.
And I think what the Republican Party has to do,
if it's going to incorporate the tea party efforts in it,
is to come up with an agenda that the American people can see,
touch, and actually believe in, and something they believe in.
- Colin Powell

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

No one is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus


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