Colin Powell quotes

Born
April 5, 1937, New York City, New York, U.S.

Occupation
Statesman, general.

Colin Powell is an American statesman and general.

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
– Colin Powell
You’re not just voting for an individual, in my judgment, you’re voting for an agenda. You’re voting for a platform. You’re voting for a political philosophy.
– Colin Powell
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
– Colin Powell
I don’t want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches.
– Colin Powell
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
– Colin Powell
Don’t be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.
– Colin Powell
I don’t think we handled the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad as well as we might have. But that’s now history.
– Colin Powell
Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.
– 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
Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
– Colin Powell
Trump is a national disgrace and an international pariah.
– Colin Powell
Experts often possess more data than judgment.
– Colin Powell
You have to make sure you know why you are going to war and then use decisive force to end it as soon as possible.
– Colin Powell
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
– Colin Powell
I think whether you’re having setbacks or not, the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude.
– Colin Powell
The United States is not stingy. We are the greatest contributor to international relief efforts in the world.
– Colin Powell
The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
– 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
Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.
– Colin Powell
The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.
– Colin Powell
Get mad, then get over it.
– Colin Powell
You don’t know what you can get away with until you try.
– Colin Powell
Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.
– Colin Powell
Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.
– Colin Powell
Politics is not bean bags. It’s serious, tough stuff.
– Colin Powell
It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
– Colin Powell
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
– Colin Powell
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.
– Colin Powell
Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
– Colin Powell
So like any football or basketball coach, you always always believe you’re going to win.
– Colin Powell
Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.
– Colin Powell