Quotes by: Madeleine Albright
The only thing I have to go by is what my mother and father told me, how I was brought up.
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.
I have always seen the United States as a force of good. And I have learned that there is the idealistic part about what we can do at the U.N. and there is a doable part. And I have learned what is more doable.
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.
One of the things that was really an issue was I did not want to just be a woman secretary of state. I wanted to be a secretary of a state who was a woman, but not just chosen for that particular reason.
I've never seen America as an imperialist or colonialist or meddling country.
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.
I loved being Secretary of State, that's probably evident to everyone who watched me.
I wasn't a normal professor. I had worked in government. I hadn't written nine zillion books. I was a hands-on professor.
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.
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.
It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
The day-to-day making of policy is arguing all the time. You're trying to get the right approach and the right answer, and there are moments that aren't very pleasant. But in the end, you look at the overall product.
I think that there is never an indispensable leader, you know? I think that there is a time with dignity that one needs to leave.
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.
The difference between humans and other mammals is that we know how to accessorize.
Don't make me into this airy-fairy, moralist, idealist because I'm not.
Take it from someone who fled the Iron Curtain: I know what happens when you give the Russians a green light.