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

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