"Be yourself. Follow your instincts. Success depends, at least in part, on the ability to 'carry it off.'"
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Donald Rumsfeld on Bill Cosby
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."Donald Rumsfeld on Swami Vivekananda
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."Donald Rumsfeld on Bruce Lee
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."Donald Rumsfeld on David Brinkley
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."Donald Rumsfeld on Winston Churchill
"Amidst all the clutter, beyond all the obstacles, aside from all the static, are the goals set. Put your head down, do the best job possible, let the flak pass, and work towards those goals."
"Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House."
"Leave the President's family business to him. You will have plenty to do without trying to manage the First Family. They are likely to do fine without your help."
"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."
"Let your family, staff, and friends know that you're still the same person, despite all the publicity and notoriety that accompanies your position."