Quotes by Colin Powell

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


Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.


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 them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.


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


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


Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.


Don't bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.


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.


Experts often possess more data than judgment.


Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.