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Colin Luther Powell (born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987 - 1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989 - 1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. - Wikipedia

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Quote 485by Anonymous on 05/01/2011

You don't know what you can get away with until you try.
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    Quote 602by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

    There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
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      Quote 991by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

      Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
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        Quote 1489by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

        90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
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          Quote 1825by Anonymous on 16/01/2011

          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.
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            Quote 1949by Anonymous on 19/01/2011

            Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
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              Quote 2167by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

              Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
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                Quote 2505by Anonymous on 31/01/2011

                Get mad, then get over it.
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                  Quote 2650by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                  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.
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                    Quote 2771by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                    Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.
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                      Quote 2820by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                      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.'
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                        Quote 2916by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                        Experts often possess more data than judgment.
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                          Quote 3398by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                          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.
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                            Quote 3797by Anonymous on 10/02/2011

                            Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
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                              Quote 4551by Anonymous on 23/02/2011

                              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.
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                                Quote 4868by Anonymous on 02/03/2011

                                Have a vision. Be demanding.
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                                  Quote 7254by Anonymous on 29/10/2011

                                  If you must keep a journal for puposes of sanity, adopt an illegible hand.
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                                    Quote 9203by Anonymous on 27/06/2012

                                    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.
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                                      Quote 13185by Anonymous on 27/06/2013

                                      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.
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