350 Total Quotes

American Statesman Quotes

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
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Colin Powell
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell
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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
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Colin Powell
Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.
Colin Powell
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Colin Powell
The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.
Colin Powell
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Abraham Lincoln
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
Abraham Lincoln
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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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How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment upon that which seems.
Daniel Webster
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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
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An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy.
Daniel Webster
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The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and the ignorant believe to be liberty.
Fisher Ames
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The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.
Dean Acheson
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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
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The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God.
Daniel Webster
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Any time the United States government turns over an American citizen, including military personnel, to the government of another country, it is in our nature to want to make sure that they receive the best treatment, the fairest treatment, and the most humane treatment.
Howard Baker
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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
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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
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Colin Powell
Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.
Colin Powell
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The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.
Dean Acheson
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Condoleezza Rice
Punish France, ignore Germany, and forgive Russia.
Condoleezza Rice
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The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority.
John Calhoun
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Colin Powell
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
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The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.
Dean Acheson
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Madeline Albright
I've never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there.
Madeline Albright
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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
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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
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Colin Powell
A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
Colin Powell
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Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
Daniel Webster
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The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.
John Calhoun
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A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
Dean Acheson
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