Get mad, then get over it.
Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it, spend time with your families.
I consider myself a moderate Republican. I have very, very moderate social views, and I'm pretty strong on, on defense matters.
I don't think we handled the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad as well as we might have. But that's now history.
I think the Iranians are clearly determined to have a nuclear program. And we have to assume that with a nuclear program they have the capability and the will to create a nuclear weapon.
I try to be the same person I was yesterday.
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.
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.
It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
It's a disgrace that we have millions of people who are uninsured, but at the same time too - in the eyes of the American people, in my judgment, it looked as if that somehow become more important than the main attack which was to fix the economy and get the Americans working again.
Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.
Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.
No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
Politics is not bean bags. It's serious, tough stuff.
Some of the generals are saying, 'We're making progress. We are clearing an area.' But you really don't defeat the Taliban by clearing an area. They move.
Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.
The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.