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Colin Powell
1937 -

American statesman, Secretary of State to U.S. president George W. Bush, former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor to U.S. president Ronald Reagan, four-star military general awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, author of My American Journey (1995)

You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.

1995 - from My American Journey
Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

1995 - from My American Journey
One's vision first and foremost rests on values. Values because values are the conscience of a society. Values that must be lived; not just preached. Children learn values by watching their parents in their homes. Values which are then reinforced in their churches and in their places of worship, in the schools and in the communities in which they live. Values fuel families, families that are bound together by love and commitment. Families that then have the strength to withstand the assaults of contemporary life, to resist the images of violence and vulgarity that flood into our lives every day. Families that come together as communities to defeat the scourge of drugs and crime and incivility that threaten us.

Oct. 11, 1997 - from an interview published in Home Business magazine
... democracy is kind of like a life raft. It bobs around the ocean all the time. Your feet are always wet. The winds are always blowing ... but you never sink.

Dec. 2, 2000 - from a speech