Quotes by: Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright
64th United States Secretary of State
In office
January 23, 1997 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Deputy Strobe Talbott
Preceded by Warren Christopher
Succeeded by Colin Powell
20th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
January 27, 1993 – January 21, 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Edward J. Perkins
Succeeded by Bill Richardson
Personal details
Born Marie Jana Korbelová
(1937-05-15) May 15, 1937 (age 79)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Joseph Albright (1959–1982)
Children Alice
Education Wellesley College (BA)
Johns Hopkins University
Columbia University (MA, PhD)
Religion Episcopalianism
(Formerly Roman Catholicism)

It's one thing to be religious, but it's another thing to make religion your policy.
Madeleine Albright
Well, the thing that I learned as a diplomat is that human relations ultimately make a huge difference.
Madeleine Albright
As a leader, you have to have the ability to assimilate new information and understand that there might be a different view.
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
For somebody who loves foreign policy, being Secretary is the best job in the world - but it doesn't happen twice.
Madeleine Albright
To be safe at the expense of the liberty of other people is a difficult equation.
Madeleine Albright
I have to tell you, my seven-year-old granddaughter said to my daughter, her mother, 'So what's the big deal about Grandma Maddy having been Secretary of State? Only girls are Secretaries of State.' Most of her lifetime, it's true. But at the time it really was a big deal.
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
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
The greatest thrill in my life was to represent the United States of America.
Madeleine Albright
We live in an image society. Speeches are not what anybody cares about; what they care about is the picture.
Madeleine Albright
I think that we all know what evil is. We have a sense of what's evil, and certainly killing innocent people is evil. We're less sure about what is good. There's sort of good, good enough, could be better - but absolute good is a little harder to define.
Madeleine Albright
You think that the heads of state only have serious conversations, but they actually often begin really with the weather or, 'I really like your tie.'
Madeleine Albright
So people are talking about revolution. What a revolution it would be to have a woman president.
Madeleine Albright
Hillary Clinton will always be there for you. And just remember - there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other.
Madeleine Albright
Hussein has chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.
Madeleine Albright
My parents were of the generation who thought they were the children of a free Czechoslovakia, the only democracy in central Europe.
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
I have been in meetings where a head of state will say, 'I like your tie,' to a man... or, 'I like your country because the weather's good,' or whatever. So for me, the pins in some ways were openers.
Madeleine Albright

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