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Madeleine Albright – 39 Quotes

 

39 Quotes by Madeleine Albright

 

As strong as the United States is, we can’t deal with terrorism alone.

– Madeleine Albright


I was a little girl in World War II and I’m used to being freed by Americans.

– Madeleine Albright


It’s one thing to be religious, but it’s another thing to make religion your policy.

– Madeleine Albright


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

– Madeleine Albright


Hussein has chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.

– Madeleine Albright


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

– Madeleine Albright


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

– Madeleine Albright


I know that war is very cruel and that life is harder when you aren’t able to live in the place you called home.

– Madeleine Albright


I think women want to take care of themselves, and I think having a voice in how that is done is very important.

– Madeleine Albright


The best book, like the best speech, will do it all – make us laugh, think, cry and cheer – preferably in that order.

– Madeleine Albright


While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.

– Madeleine Albright


The magic of America is that we’re a free and open society with a mixed population. Part of our security is our freedom.

– Madeleine Albright


I can’t imagine what it is like to be raised in a society where their only statues that exist are to you and your father.

– Madeleine Albright


I wasn’t a normal professor. I had worked in government. I hadn’t written nine zillion books. I was a hands-on professor.

– Madeleine Albright


Women have to be active listeners and interrupters – but when you interrupt, you have to know what you are talking about.

– Madeleine Albright


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.

– Madeleine Albright


The U.N. bureaucracy has grown to elephantine proportions. Now that the Cold War is over, we are asking that elephant to do gymnastics.

– Madeleine Albright


Because of my parents’ love of democracy, we came to America after being driven twice from our home in Czechoslovakia – first by Hitler and then by Stalin.

– Madeleine Albright


I did go to Wellesley, a women’s college. And I am of a kind of strange generation which is transitional in terms of women who wanted to go out and get jobs.

– Madeleine Albright


I have said this many times, that there seems to be enough room in the world for mediocre men, but not for mediocre women, and we really have to work very, very hard.

– Madeleine Albright


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.

– Madeleine Albright


I love being a woman and I was not one of these women who rose through professional life by wearing men’s clothes or looking masculine. I loved wearing bright colors and being who I am.

– Madeleine Albright


I saw what happened when a dictator was allowed to take over a piece of a country and the country went down the tubes. And I saw the opposite during the war when America joined the fight.

– Madeleine Albright


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.

– Madeleine Albright


I am a beneficiary of the American people’s generosity, and I hope we can have comprehensive immigration legislation that allows this country to continue to be enriched by those who were not born here.

– Madeleine Albright


I think women are really good at making friends and not good at networking. Men are good at networking and not necessarily making friends. That’s a gross generalization, but I think it holds in many ways.

– Madeleine Albright


I didn’t want to set up a women’s studies program. I thought women should learn to operate in a coeducational atmosphere, because, especially in national security and international affairs, it’s male-dominated.

– Madeleine Albright


Maybe if everybody in leadership was a woman, you might not get into the conflicts in the first place. But if you watch the women who have made it to the top, they haven’t exactly been non-aggressive – including me.

– Madeleine Albright


I really think that there was a great advantage in many ways to being a woman. I think we are a lot better at personal relationships, and then have the capability obviously of telling it like it is when it’s necessary.

– Madeleine Albright


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.

– Madeleine Albright


If you look at U.S. history through religious history, there is very much a motif that shows the importance religion has played in the U.S. We’re a very religious country and it affects the way we look at various political issues.

– Madeleine Albright


Really, I have to laugh because there was a whole set of stories that made me sound like the Dragon Lady, you know, ‘tough this and tough that.’ Then there is this business about ‘gooey.’ The bottom line is I am a pragmatic idealist.

– Madeleine Albright


I am often asked if, when I was secretary, I had problems with foreign men. That is not who I had problems with, because I arrived in a very large plane that said United States of America. I had more problems with the men in our own government.

– Madeleine Albright


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.

– Madeleine Albright


Jewelry and pins have been worn throughout history as symbols of power, sending messages. Interestingly enough, it was mostly men who wore the jewelry in various times, and obviously crowns were part of signals that were being sent throughout history by people of rank.

– Madeleine Albright


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.

– Madeleine Albright


Well I do think, when there are more women, that the tone of the conversation changes, and also the goals of the conversation change. But it doesn’t mean that the whole world would be a lot better if it were totally run by women. If you think that, you’ve forgotten high school.

– Madeleine Albright


But I do not believe that the world would be entirely different if there were more women leaders. Maybe if everybody in leadership was a woman, you might not get into the conflicts in the first place. But if you watch the women who have made it to the top, they haven’t exactly been non-aggressive – including me.

– Madeleine Albright


I think that we had a different view of what the 21st century could be like, with much more of a sense, from our perspective, of trying to have an interdependent world: looking at solving regional conflicts, having strength in alliances, operating within some kind of a sense that we were part of the international community and not outside of it.

– Madeleine Albright


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