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Colin Powell Quotes & Quotations
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    90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    Don't bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself. Colin-PowellColin 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-PowellColin Powell
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    Experts often possess more data than judgment. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    Get mad, then get over it. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    I don't want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    I try to be the same person I was yesterday. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    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-PowellColin Powell
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    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-PowellColin Powell
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    It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. Colin-PowellColin 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-PowellColin Powell
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    Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard. Colin-PowellColin Powell
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    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/">Colin Powell
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    The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise. Colin-Powell/">Colin Powell
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    The United States is not stingy. We are the greatest contributor to international efforts in the world. Colin-Powell/">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/">Colin Powell
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    Think hard about it: I'm running out of demons. I'm running out of villains. I'm down to Castro and Kim II Sung. Colin-Powell/">Colin Powell
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    Think hard about it: I'm running out of demons. I'm running out of villians. I'm down to Castro and Kim Il Sung. Colin-Powell/">Colin Powell
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    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/">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/">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/">Colin Powell
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    You don't know what you can get away with until you try. Colin-Powell/">Colin Powell