Colin Powell Quotes

Keep looking below surface appearances. Don't shrink from doing so just because you might not like what you find.

Colin Powell

If it were up to me I would close Guant·namo not tomorrow but this afternoon...Essentially, we have shaken the belief that the world had in America's justice system...and it's causing us far more damage than any good we get from it.

Colin Powell

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, 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

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

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

Colin Powell

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

Colin Powell

Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.

Colin Powell

Don\'t be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce haemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.

Colin Powell

Experts often possess more data than judgment.

Colin Powell

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Colin Powell

Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.

Colin Powell

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

Colin Powell

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

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy

Colin Powell

Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.

Colin Powell

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