39 Famous Madeleine Albright Quotes

39 Famous Madeleine Albright Quotes

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Madeleine Albright is a diplomat from Prague, Czechoslovakia. She is most famous for becoming the very first woman as United States Secretary of State. She gained the position after being nominated by Bill Clinton. She was the 64th Secretary of State.

“A great task has been completed and an even larger one remains.”

“And frankly, I don’t understand – I mean, I’m obviously a card-carrying Democrat – but I can’t understand why any woman would want to vote for Mitt Romney, except maybe Mrs. Romney.”

“And so I have studied, I have to tell you, revolutions and uprisings for a long time. They are all slightly different, but what they all look for is some kind of a mechanism to go from an
authoritarian system to an open, democratic system.”

“Armageddon is not a foreign policy.”

“Democracy cannot be built on revenge and you will not have the support of the world if you are intolerant and take the law into your own hands.”

“For somebody who loves foreign policy, being Secretary is the best job in the world – but it doesn’t happen twice.”

“I hope I’m wrong, but I am afraid that Iraq is going to turn out to be the greatest disaster in American foreign policy – worse than Vietnam, not in the number who died, but in terms of its
unintended consequences and its reverberation throughout the region.”

“I loved being Secretary of State, that’s probably evident to everyone who watched me.”

“I think the personal relationships I established mattered in terms of what I was able to get done. And I did bring women’s issues to the center of our foreign policy.”

“I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.”

“I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life”

“If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.”

“I’m a critic. I think the administration has really undermined America’s power and reputation and that Iraq may go down in history as the greatest disaster in American foreign policy, which
means that I think it’s worse than Vietnam in its unintended consequences and for our reputation. This president, because his administration is imposing democracy, which is an oxymoron, has,
I think, hurt the concept. It is not just that the administration has been unilateral but that it has been unidimensional. It has paid attention primarily to one part of the world, without
enough attention being paid to other parts.”

“I’m not a person who thinks the world would be entirely different if it was run by women. If you think that, you’ve forgotten what high school was like.”

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”

“I’ve never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there.”

“Most of the time I spend when I get up in the morning is trying to figure out what is going to happen.”

“My deepest regret from my years in public service is the failure of the United States and the international community to act sooner to halt these crimes.”

“No doubt the president will take the opportunity to try to talk to him about working together on some things this fall.”

“No matter how hard we might wish, we will not be able to transform China’s behavior overnight.”

“No matter what message you are about to deliver somewhere, whether it is holding out a hand of friendship, or making clear that you disapprove of something, is the fact that the person
sitting across the table is a human being, so the goal is to always establish common ground.”

“Our nation’s memory is long and our reach is far.”

“The administration does not agree with those who suggest we should deploy hundreds of thousands of American troops to engage militarily in a ground war in Iraq.”

“The capability of negotiating… is something that means you not only have to understand fully what you believe and what your national interests are but in order to be a really good
negotiator, you have to try to figure out what the other person on the other side of the table has in mind.”

“The victor of the war in Iraq is Iran.”

“There clearly are concerns in our relationship and those can best be dealt with through direct dialogue.”

“This is not personal, this is business.”

“This is pure speculation, but for a period of time, a lot of getting into a party was through fundraising and volunteer work, and Republican women had more time to do that than democratic
women, who were out there getting jobs.”

“This reflects the importance of the upcoming vote on China trade.”

“To understand Europe, you have to be a genius – or French.”

“We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us.”

“We have to understand where we have strategic relationships that require us to take a different approach. I guess the easiest way to describe it is: different strokes for different folks.”

“We live in an image society. Speeches are not what anybody cares about; what they care about is the picture.”

“We welcome today’s step forward.”

“We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism.”

“What a blast it is to be here with Michael Moore.”

“What really troubles me is that democracy is getting a bad name because it is identified with imposition and occupation. I’m for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People
have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below.”

“When we’re trying to solve difficult national issues its sometimes necessary to talk to adversaries as well as friends. Historians have a word for this: diplomacy.”

“Women can’t do everything at the same time, we need to understand milestones in our lives comes in segments.”