"War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Colin Powell on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Colin Powell on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Colin Powell on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Colin Powell on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Colin Powell on Joseph Stalin
"Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age."
"Get mad, then get over it."
"It isn't enough just to scream at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. We need our political system to start reflect this anger back into, 'How do we fix it? How do we get the economy going again?'"
"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."
"I think whether you're having setbacks or not, the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude."
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