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Colin Powell
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The United Nations will spearhead our efforts to manage the new conflicts (that afflict our world)....Yes the principles of the United Nations Charter are worth our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. Colin Powell
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If you get the dirty end of the stick, sharpen it and turn it into a useful tool. Colin Powell
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Don't bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself. Colin Powell
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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
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In other words, don't expect to always be great. Disappointments, failures and setbacks are a normal part of the lifecycle of a unit or a company and what the leader has to do is constantly be up and say 'we have a problem, let's go and get it'. Colin Powell
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Our strategy to go after this [Iraq's] army is very, very simple. First, we are going to cut it off, and then we are going to kill it. Colin Powell
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Every organization should tolerate rebels who tell the emperor he has no clothes. Colin Powell
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One of the greatest talents of all is the talent to recognize and to develop talent in others. Colin Powell
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Don't just count your days, make your days count. Colin Powell
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Respect for leaders by followers can't be mandated; it must be earned. It has to be given to leaders by their followers. Colin Powell
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Have a vision; but it's not enough to have a vision, you have to communicate that vision to others. You have to communicate it to people who work with you and for you. You have to communicate it to the world leaders with whom you come in touch. Colin Powell
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1. It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. 2. Get mad, then get over it. 3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. 4. It can be done! 5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it. 6. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision. 7. You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours. 8. Check small things. 9. Share credit. 10. Remain calm. Be kind. Colin Powell
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I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote, Colin Powell
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Have a vision. Be demanding. Colin Powell
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I am confident that we will find evidence that makes it clear he had weapons of mass destruction. Colin Powell
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Let me blow that up for you again. Colin Powell
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Pissing people off doesn't mean you're doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off. Colin Powell
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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
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When you decide to get involved in a military operation in a place like Syria, you've got to be prepared, as we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, to become the government, and I'm not sure any country, either the United States or I don't hear of anyone else, who's willing to take on that responsibility. Colin Powell
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Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard. Colin Powell
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There are lots of countries that are having these kinds of internal civil wars in other parts of the world and nobody is talking about intervening. Colin Powell
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Terrorism really flourishes in areas of poverty, despair and hopelessness, where people see no future Colin Powell
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Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done. Colin Powell
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I can think of nothing that Saddam Hussein can do diplomatically (to avoid war). I think that time is now over. He's had his chance, he has had many chances over the last 12 years and he has blown every one of those chances. Colin Powell
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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
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I strongly believe that at this point in America's history, we need a president that will not just continue basically the policies we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change. Colin Powell
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This is about Americans getting off the sidelines and getting onto the playing field, .. This is about each and every one of us who have been blessed by the wealth of this country sharing that blessing by reaching down and reaching back and lifting up somebody in need. That's what America is all about. That's what being American is all about. Colin Powell
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The president's personal staff has a unique role Colin Powell
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We have to be on guard that we don't spend so much time worrying about terrorism and guarding ourselves that we start to lose the essence of who we are as an open, freedom-loving people, welcoming to the rest of the world. Colin Powell
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I've voted for Republicans who were strong on defense, who believed in a free and open economy but who also understood that there's a place for government in our lives, that government has a responsibility to those of our citizens who are in need and those of our citizens who are needy of health care. Colin Powell
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Ambition and hatred are enough to bring Iraq and al Qaeda together Colin Powell
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I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now. Colin Powell
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The claims made about Iraq's WMD capabilities before the invasion were inaccurate, wrong, and in some cases, deliberately misleading. Colin Powell
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Good leaders set vision, missions, and goals. Great leaders inspire every follower at every level to internalize their purpose, and to understand that their purpose goes far beyond the mere details of their job. When everyone is united in purpose, a positive purpose that serves not only the organization but also, hopefully, the world beyond it, you have a winning team. Colin Powell
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Fear is a normal human emotion. It is not in itself a killer. We can learn to be aware when fear grips us, and can train to operate through and in spite of our fear. If, on the other hand, we don't understand that fear is normal and has to be controlled and overcome, it will paralyze us and stop us in our tracks. We will no longer think clearly or analyze rationally. We prepare for it and control it; we never let it control us. It if does, we cannot lead. Colin Powell
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Each of us must work to become a hardheaded realist, or else we risk wasting our time and energy on pursuing impossible dreams. Yet constant naysayers pursue no less impossible dreams. Their fear and cynicism move nothing forward. They kill progress. How many cynics built empires, great cities, or powerful corporations? Colin Powell
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There are a lot of bigger issues we have to be worrying about with respect to our relationship to China, and the longer they drag out the situation, the more difficult it is to get this relationship back on track. Colin Powell
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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
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The only bipartisanship you ever see is when they finally sign a bill and everybody says, 'Gee, isn't that wonderful? Colin Powell
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Failure is a part of life and you have to learn to deal with it. Failure is something that is part of life's cycle and it's from failure that you gain life experience. Colin Powell
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Policies that emanate from ivory towers often have an adverse impact on the people out in the field who are fighting the wars or bringing in the revenues. Colin Powell
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Be careful what you choose: You may get it. Colin Powell
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When you wrestle with a pig, he has fun, and you just end up dirty. Colin Powell
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Trust is the essence of Leadership. Colin Powell
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Leaders honor their core values, but they are flexible in how they execute them. Colin Powell
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As a leader you set the tone for your entire team. Communicate your vision. Colin Powell
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Time is passing, ... We have to look at the reality of the situation and ... redouble our efforts and get on with it. Colin Powell
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Every organization should tolerate rebels who tell the emperor he has no clothes Colin Powell
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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
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Wouldn't it be great if we could look forward to a whole world in which no child will be left behind? Colin Powell
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Economy's got to get moving, we've got to get the unemployment rate down. That may be the defining issue of the campaign. Colin Powell
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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
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I want to scare the hell out of the rest of the world. Colin Powell
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Poverty arises and persists where corruption is endemic and enterprise is stifled, where basic fairness provided by the rule of law is absent. In such circumstances, poverty is an assault against human dignity, and in that assault lies the natural seed of human anger Colin Powell
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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. I am talking about a gung-ho attitude that says 'we can change things here, we can achieve awesome goals, we can be the best. 'Spare me the grim litany of the 'realist;' give me the unrealistic aspirations of the optimist any day. Colin Powell
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All children need a laptop. Not a computer, but a human laptop. Moms, Dads, Grannies and Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles - someone to hold them, read to them, teach them. Loved ones who will embrace them and pass on the experience, rituals and knowledge of a hundred previous generations. Loved ones who will pass to the next generation their expectations of them, their hopes, and their dreams. Colin Powell
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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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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell
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You know you're a good leader when people follow you out of curiosity. Colin Powell
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Well, the correct answer is he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? Colin Powell
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You break it, you own it. Colin Powell
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We want to see both sides not take unilateral action that would prejudice an eventual outcome, a reunification that all parties are seeking. Colin Powell
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Leadership is all about people. It is not about organizations. It is not about plans. It is not about strategies. It is all about people-motivating people to get the job done. You have to be people-centered. Colin Powell
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Always do your best. Somebody is watching you. Colin Powell
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We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more. Colin Powell
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Always be looking for the opportunities, and always be optimistic about what you can do with that opportunity. Colin Powell
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Have a sense of humor to break the tension in times of great toil. Colin Powell
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Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is "no." That's not America. Colin Powell
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If you are black, if you are Puerto Rican or Hispanic, be proud of that. But don't let it become a problem. Let it become somebody else's problem. Colin Powell
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A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. Colin Powell
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