General Colin Luther Powell, United States Army (Ret.) KCB (Honorary) is an American politician. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first Jamaican American appointed to that position.
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Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.
It's a disgrace that we have millions of people who are uninsured.
I don't want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches.
We have to start thinking of America as a family.
We have to stop screeching screeching at each other, stop hurting each other, and instead start caring for, sacrificing for and sharing with each other ... We cannot move forward if cynics and critics swoop down and pick apart anything that goes wrong, to a point where we lose sight of what is right, decent and uniquely good about America.
I regret that the presentation I made at the UN turned out to be wrong.
It was wrong on the stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, but pretty much right on intentions and capabilities.
Children need to get a high-quality education, avoid violence and the criminal-justice system, and gain jobs. But they deserve more. We want them to learn not only reading and math but fairness, caring, self-respect, family commitment, and civic duty.
We are not trapped in what the science of management says we can do.
We are capable of doing what the art of leadership says is possible.
Our diplomacy and development budget is not just about reducing spending and finding efficiencies. We need a frank conversation about what we stand for as that 'shining city on a hill.' And that conversation begins by acknowledging that we can't do it on the cheap.
How can we be enemies when there is so much that pulls us together? But in general I found that I had to work with each one of my foreign colleagues in a way that was consistent with their system. Some are democracies, some are not.
Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
Get mad, then get over it.
Great leaders are those who are able to look reality in the face, however painful it may be, and deal with it.
I don't know that there is much the United States can do except work with the international community.
The idea that putting Americans 'first' requires a withdrawal from the world is simply wrongheaded because a retreat would achieve exactly the opposite for our citizens.
What you're seeing with Occupy Wall Street and the others are people who are unhappy and they're directing their unhappiness now toward Wall Street and toward those they think are doing too well in our society.
The person who will decide whether or not there will be war or peace is Saddam Hussein, and all he has to do is give up these terrible weapons that he has used to kill fellow Arabs, fellow Muslims in that part of the world, and to step away from his past behaviour which invaded neighbouring countries.
The claims made about Iraq's WMD capabilities before the invasion were inaccurate, wrong, and in some cases, deliberately misleading.
War is never a happy solution, but it may be the only solution.
We must exhaustively explore other possible solutions before we make the choice for war. Every political and diplomatic effort should be made to avoid war while achieving your objective.
We got rid of a terrible dictator. We gave the Iraqi people an opportunity for a new life under a representative form of government.
I think leadership is both a trained thing and a natural gift.
90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
Remain calm, be kind.
I have found that leadership is leadership is leadership.
It applies whether you are in government or in corporate life or in non-profit life.
We hope that more assistance will be available to the nations of the region, to include Egypt, on the three pillars that I discussed today: civic society development, education and economic development.
High-quality early-childhood programs and health coverage have expanded, and the number of mentoring relationships for at-risk youth has risen dramatically. That progress is encouraging, but it's not evenly distributed.
The information that the intelligence people used was a combination of satellite information, signals intelligence, and human intelligence. We are not sure to what extent Saddam [Hussein] was trying to convey an incorrect picture to us.
America has a terrible educational problem in the sense that we have too many youngsters not finishing school. A third of our kids don't finish high school, 50 percent of minorities don't finish high school.
Politics is different, because the mission is always to get the necessary votes.
A good politician goes through everything in terms of mission and vision, and resourcing, but at the end of the day politicians have to make compromises in order to achieve consensus.
Being in charge sometimes means making people mad.
Some days you have to overrule even the best advice, because you think it is not right.
Foe means enemy. Now, will we have differences of opinion with the Russians? Yes. Will they get mad at us from time to time, and we get mad at them? That's part of the normal diplomatic relations.
The great leaders that I have worked with are people who have a good sense of empathy with other people. They can walk a factory floor, or walk through a battalion and smell if there's something wrong.
I want everybody to be scared to death of us.
I don't say that in a bellicose way. I say that in a way that is peaceful, frankly.
First you train the followers to accomplish the mission.
Second, you resource them: Make sure that they have the tools to do the job. Third, you reward them: You give them medals or bonuses.
In the military, we are also taught to only use one third of the available decision-making time, so that our subordinates have time to go through their own decision processes when they learn what we want them to do.