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and Paul Wolfowitz (right) listen as Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney addresses reporters regarding the 1991 Gulf War

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"A dream doesnt become reality through magic it takes sweat determination and hard work."


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"90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world."


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"I think whether youre having setbacks or not the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude."


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"Just hit my 75th birthday Im feeling great!"


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"When you decide to get involved in a military operation in a place like Syria youve got to be prepared as we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan to become the government and Im not sure any country either the United States or I dont hear of anyone else whos willing to take on that responsibility."


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"Success is the result of perfection hard work learning from failure loyalty and persistence."


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"Politics is not bean bags. Its serious tough stuff."


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"War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war we should have a purpose that our people understand and support."


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"In other words dont expect to always be great. Disappointments failures and setbacks are a normal part of the lifecycle of a unit or a company and what the leader has to do is constantly be up and say we have a problem lets go and get it."


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"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."


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"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."


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"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand."


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"We need to understand that we as citizens and as a government in any community throughout this country have no more important obligation than to educate those who are going to replace us."


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"We got rid of a terrible dictator. We gave the Iraqi people an opportunity for a new life under a representative form of government."


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"In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people thats called marriage and allowing them to live together with the protection of law it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country."


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"The purposes of the United States should not be doubted. The Security Council resolutions will be enforced - the just demands of peace and security will be met - or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power."


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"Get mad then get over it."


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"I respect the fact that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage and they can hold that in the sanctity in the place of their religion and not bless them or solemnize them."


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"I dont know that there is much the United States can do except work with the international community."


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"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."


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"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."


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"Bad news isnt wine. It doesnt improve with age."


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"Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously but not themselves those who work hard and play hard."


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"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."


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"Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place."


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"We all hoped in 2001 that we could put in place an Afghan government under President Karzai that would be able to control the country make sure al-Qaeda didnt come back and make sure the Taliban wasnt resurging. It didnt work out."


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"Wouldnt it be great if we could look forward to a whole world in which no child will be left behind?"


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"It aint as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning."


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"Fit no stereotypes. Dont chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the teams mission."


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"My own experience is use the tools that are out there. Use the digital world. But never lose sight of the need to reach out and talk to other people who dont share your view. Listen to them and see if you can find a way to compromise."


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"What youre seeing with Occupy Wall Street and the others are people who are unhappy and theyre directing their unhappiness now toward Wall Street and toward those they think are doing too well in our society."


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"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation hard work and learning from failure."


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"I dont think we handled the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad as well as we might have. But thats now history."


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"It isnt 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?"


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"Dont let your ego get too close to your position so that if your position gets shot down your ego doesnt go with it."


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