“People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you’ll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow. ”
“Love is my Sword,
Goodness my Armor,
And Humor my Shield.”
“Humor is the affectionate communication of insight. ”
How To Survive as My Aide—Or What Not To Do
—Don’t ever hesitate to ask me what to do if uncertain.
—Don’t ever sign my name.
—Never use your money on my behalf.
—Avoid “The General Wants” syndrome—unless I really do.
—Provide feedback but be tactful to those who ask—talks between you and me are private and confidential. Alma (my wife) has nothing to do with the office.
—Never keep anybody waiting on the phone. Call back.
—I like meetings generally uninterrupted. I ask a lot of questions. I like questions and challenges.
—I like to remain enormously accessible. I like to do things with people.
—I will develop ways of getting to know what’s happening.
—Don’t accept speaking engagements without my knowledge.
—Keep track of whom I have seen.
—I tend to get moody, preoccupied. I will snap but that clears the air.
—Be punctual, don’t waste my time.
—I prefer written information rather than oral.Writing tends to discipline.
—I like to do paperwork—and I do a lot.
—NEVER, NEVER permit illegal or stupid actions.
—No surprises.Bad news doesn’t get any better with time.
—If there is a problem brewing, I want to know of it early—heads up as soon as possible—I don’t like to be blindsided.
—Speak precisely—I often fudge for a purpose. Don’t over-interpret what I say.
—Don’t rush into decisions—make them timely and correct.
—I like excellent correspondence—no split infinitives.
- Colin Powell sings ‘Call Me Maybe’ (politico.com)
- Colin Powell Sings “Call Me Maybe” (buzzfeed.com)
- Colin Powell Speaks On Romney’s Foreign Policy Re: “I Can See Russia As A Threat” GAFFE (3chicspolitico.com)
- Colin Powell’s Advice To Mitt Romney: ‘Come On, Mitt. Think.’ (mediaite.com)
- Colin Powell Goes Rogue (Again), Disses Romney’s Foreign Policy and Supports Gay Marriage [Colin Powell] (jezebel.com)
- We’re Sure There’s a Reason Colin Powell Sang ‘Call Me Maybe’ on TV Today (nymag.com)
- Colin Powell: Romney Needs To Be More Mature And Realistic (alan.com)
- Colin Powell Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- A Man Is Punctual: The Importance of Being on Time (artofmanliness.com)
“Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.”
—Josh Billings, columnist and humorist (1818-1885).
Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely. –Erma Bombeck, author (1927-1996)
- If you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true? (jacquesinspires.com)
- If I had my life to live over ~ Erma Bombeck (missunderstoodgenius.wordpress.com)
“It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. ”
P. G. Wodehouse
- An Apology (mycreativevoice.com)
- Sincere Apology (blastyourproject.wordpress.com)
- Wisdom (bonneamieknits.wordpress.com)
- Apologies (wallacegsmith.wordpress.com)
- Quote of the Day – February 28, 2012 – 4am Wanderings (thedingowashere.wordpress.com)
- PG Wodehouse refused immunity from UK prosecution, documents reveal (guardian.co.uk)
- A thousand apologies (almostclever.wordpress.com)
“The way of the world is to make laws, but follow custom. ”
Michel De Montaigne
- Profile on: Michel de Montaigne, writer and the father of Modern Skepticism – Solange’s Posterous (griggsthenaturalist.wordpress.com)
- Quote #28 (ilikethesequotes.wordpress.com)
- Montainge and Nook Notes (nooknotesblog.wordpress.com)
- Bookshelf of the Week: A Montaigne-esque personal library (robaroundbooks.com)
“The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. ”
—C S Lewis
“The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.”
—G C Lichtenberg.
- Untruths, Wholly Untrue, And Nothing But Untruths (krugman.blogs.nytimes.com)