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Colin Powell's quotes
"You don't know what you can get away with until you try."
"When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own."
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."
"Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."
"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.'"
"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."
"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."
"Have a vision. Be demanding."
"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand."
"Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up."
"Get mad, then get over it."
"Experts often possess more data than judgment."
"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."
"Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age."
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