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Don't bother people for help without first trying to
by Colin Powell

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

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

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

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

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
- Colin Powell

Get mad, then get over it.
- Colin Powell


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Experts often possess more data than judgment.
- Colin Powell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

When I turned 60, it didn't bother me at all.
- Yoko Ono

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

They don't bother too much with the balance and things on blues records.
- Maurice Gibb

A great lie is like a great fish on dry land;
it may fret and fling and make a frightful bother,
but it cannot hurt you.
You have only to keep still, and it will die of itself.
- George Crabbe

Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing.
But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you,
you're not a good soldier.
- Curtis Lemay

The whole sex symbol or babe thing doesn't bother me.
- Jeri Ryan

It doesn't bother me to talk about my private life,
it doesn't bother me to talk about anything.
My life is like a glass of water, transparent.
- Shakira

Growing older doesn't bother me.
- Angie Dickinson

When I see something I like, that's all that counts.
What they use, how they get there, I never bother them.
- Ang Lee

Advertising is salesmanship mass produced.
No one would bother to use advertising if he could
talk to all his prospects face-to-face.
But he can't.
- Morris Hite

Asthma doesn't seem to bother me any more unless I'm around cigars or dogs.
The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar.
- Steve Allen

I've been in the struggle over seventy years -
it doesn't bother me I may not win.
- Al Lewis

Last year we had so many people coming in and out they
didn't bother to sew their names on the backs of the uniforms.
They just put them there with Velcro.
- Andy Van Slyke

Proclaiming a sexual preference is something that straight
men never really have to bother with.
- Lance Loud

It doesn't bother me because I can tell everyone to kiss off.
- Jack Whittaker

A face in the picture would bother me,
so I'd rub it out with the turpentine and do it over.
- Norman Rockwell

Value your freedom or you will lose it,
teaches history.
'Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn.
- Richard Stallman

Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we
hear two voices calling us,
one saying, "Why not?" and the other,
"Why bother?"
- Sydney J. Harris


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