"You should see what our Founding Fathers used to say to each other and in the early part of our nation. But what they were able to do, especially in Philadelphia in 1787, four months, they argued about what a House should be, what a Senate should be, the power of the president, the Congress, the Supreme Court. And they had to deal with slavery."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Colin Powell on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Colin Powell on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Colin Powell on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Colin Powell on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Colin Powell on Booker T. Washington
"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."