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The commander in the field is always right and ...
by Colin Powell

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

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

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

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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
- Colin Powell

Get mad, then get over it.
- 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


 

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

Politics is not bean bags.
It's serious, tough stuff.
- 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 healthiest competition occurs when average people
win by putting above average effort.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches.
- Colin Powell

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes,
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

Experts often possess more data than judgment.
- 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

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

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

Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
- 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Egotism is not a good quality.
It's not something to be admired or even tolerated.
It wouldn't be tolerated in a field commander and it
shouldn't be tolerated in a movie director.
- John Milius

Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is
not of much use to his subordinates.
- Arleigh Burke

To win this war, we need a commander in chief,
not a professor of law standing at the lectern.
- Sarah Palin

Decisions!
And a general, a commander in chief who has not got the quality of decision,
then he is no good.
- Bernard Law Montgomery

I am fully prepared to be commander in chief...
I don't need on-the-job training.
- John McCain

I think as a rifle platoon and company commander your
view is about 1,000 meters in front of you and you
hope you can cover that ground and not have to back up and give it up again.
- Oliver North

On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts
have a test pilot background -
the commander and the pilot.
- Sally Ride

No operational commander should have to assign a soldier
a task that could be done as well by a computer,
a remote sensor, or an unmanned airplane.
- Richard Perle

You don't expect to get the letter saying,
Her Majesty would like to appoint you Knight Commander of the British Empire!
It was just a completely overwhelming and exciting day.
- Antony Sher

As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of
the potency of public opinion -
and I worried about it.
- William Westmoreland

Bill Clinton is not my commander-in-chief.
- Oliver North

But if you're going to go out on a military unit,
you've got to allow yourself to be under the control
of the commander because you really could put the troops in danger.
- Bob Schieffer

Captain Fisher, the commander, with a party of young
ladies from the city and gentlemen belonging to his ship,
came one day to pay me a visit in the midst of a deluge of rain.
- Joshua Slocum

I am more willing to come out when I get my message from my commander.
- David Koresh

As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle,
so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I thought they know that I was the Commander in Chief,
not that I know that I am the Commander in Chief,
and they should behave; know how to behave to the Commander in Chief.
- Kamisese Mara

The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea.
He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer,
a port to seek.
- Henry B. Adams

The Secretary of Defense is not a super General or Admiral.
His task is to exercise civilian control over the Department
for the Commander-in-Chief and the country.
- Donald Rumsfeld

But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity,
or, if it is insisted upon by a commander,
irresponsibility.
- Erwin Rommel

The soldier's main enemy is not the opposing soldier,
but his own commander.
- Ramman Kenoun

As the Senator from Vermont was kind enough to note,
I did have the experience of being commander in chief
of our National Guard in Missouri for 8 years.
- Kit Bond


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