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Top 100 Madeleine Albright Quotes From The First Female Secretary Of State In US History

Find many Madeleine Albright quotes from the first female U.S Secretary of State.

Madeleine Albright is an American politician and diplomat.

In 1993, she was appointed the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Under President Bill Clinton, she was the first female US Secretary of State in United States history.

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Madeleine Albright Famous Quotes

Here, we have collected some of the most famous Madeleine Albright quotes.

1. "We have to see what we can do to lessen the pain."

- Madeleine Albright.

2. "Our nation's memory is long and our reach is far."

- Madeleine Albright.

3. "You've got the guts to find your own purpose."

- Madeleine Albright.

4. "Politics is not—politician is not—a bad word. Involvement is the important part."

- Madeleine Albright.

5. "There is a seriousness of purpose that validates that fact and that gives us a reason to keep pushing it."

- Madeleine Albright.

6. "To put it mildly, the world is a mess."

- Madeleine Albright.

7. "Good guys don’t always win, especially when they are divided and less determined than their adversaries."

- Madeleine Albright.

8. "To understand Europe, you have to be a genius - or French."

- Madeleine Albright.

9. "President Clinton wisely said 'I am not going until this is prepared, I am sending the secretary...' That didn't thrill them."

- Madeleine Albright.

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

- Madeleine Albright.

11. "I think we are at the beginning stages... We're working very hard, and I think we all need to work together on this."

- Madeleine Albright.

12. "If there's nobody in your way, you're not going anywhere."

- Madeleine Albright.

13. "If you look at my life, generally, I've been put in situations that were difficult and which I conquered."

- Madeleine Albright.

14. "Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume."

- Madeleine Albright.

15. "I do not believe that things happen accidentally; I believe you earn them."

- Madeleine Albright.

16. "The difference between the humans and other mammals is that we know how to accessorize."

- Madeleine Albright.

17. "The greatest thrill in my life was to represent the United States of America."

- Madeleine Albright.

18. "I can't go out with a Republican."

- Madeleine Albright.

19. "At the same time, I think, we understand the value of making progress where we can."

- Madeleine Albright.

20. "I insist that each of you... be more than a consumer of liberty."

- Madeleine Albright.

21. "As a leader, you have to have the ability to assimilate new information and understand that there might be a different view."

- Madeleine Albright.

22. "I really do think about the fact that every day counts. I believe that every individual counts, and so I believe that every day counts and I try not to waste it."

- Madeleine Albright.

23. "I am not a fatalist. I have just been reading 'War And Peace' and Tolstoy is such a fatalist. I think people can make a difference... I am an optimist who worries a lot."

- Madeleine Albright.

24. "I was in Europe and it was at this stage that I fell in love with Americans in uniform. And I continue to have that love affair."

- Madeleine Albright.

25. "Unless you can understand what is motivating them, you are never going to be able to figure out how to solve a particular problem."

- Madeleine Albright.

26. "Repeat a lie often enough and it begins to sound as if it must—or at least might—be so."

- Madeleine Albright, 'Fascism: A Warning'.

27. "I've been on the show before, so I'm Madeleine Albright. I love it."

- Madeleine Albright.

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28. "Nobody has ever said that pins are a tool of diplomacy."

- Madeleine Albright.

29. "Democracy is the key to our strategy throughout southeastern Europe."

- Madeleine Albright.

30. "The more extreme advocates from one side helped to validate the arguments of extremists on the other."

- Madeleine Albright.

31. "The damage being done to America's diplomatic readiness."

- Madeleine Albright.

32. "People are finding it harder and harder to relate to foreign policy."

- Madeleine Albright.

33. "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."

- Madeleine Albright.

34. "Well, the thing I learned as a diplomat is that human relations ultimately make a huge difference."

- Madeleine Albright.

35. "The Framework Agreement is one of the best things the [Clinton] Administration has done because it stopped a nuclear weapons program in North Korea."

- Madeleine Albright.

36. "I think that a president needs to have a variety of views presented. But also, there has to be a team effort, because otherwise, I think it creates dissonance and difficulty."

- Madeleine Albright.

37. "The desire for liberty may be ingrained in every human breast, but so is the potential for complacency, confusion, and cowardice. And losing has a price."

- Madeleine Albright.

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

- Madeleine Albright.

39. "I do think it's important to have a functional relationship with Russia, to tell them what's acceptable and what's not. I think the phone calls are fine."

- Madeleine Albright.

40. "Democracy is getting a bad name because it is identified with imposition and occupation."

- Madeleine Albright.

41. "I loved being Secretary of the State, that's probably evident to everyone who watched me."

- Madeleine Albright.

42. "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.

43. "Security is an inherent, inextricable, and indispensable component of all our jobs."

- Madeleine Albright.

44. "If you are not a professional about security, you are a failure."

- Madeleine Albright.

45. "Bill Clinton observed that when people are uncertain, they’d rather have leaders who are strong and wrong than right and weak."

- Madeleine Albright.

46. "Hate, emotionalism, and frustration are not policies."

- Madeleine Albright.

47. "This was how twentieth-century Fascism began: with a magnetic leader exploiting widespread dissatisfaction by promising all things."

- Madeleine Albright.

48. "No matter how hard we might wish, we will not be able to transform China's behavior overnight."

- Madeleine Albright.

Madeleine Albright Quotes About Having A Voice

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49. "The real question is: who has the responsibility to uphold human rights? The answer to that is everyone."

- Madeleine Albright, 'Fascism: A Warning'.

50. "When we're trying to solve difficult national issues it's sometimes necessary to talk to adversaries as well as friends. Historians have a word for this: diplomacy."

- Madeleine Albright.

51. "We must be authors of the history of our age."

- Madeleine Albright.

52. "We do have a credible force in the region and are prepared to use it in an appropriate way at a time of our choosing."

- Madeleine Albright.

53. "Life is grim, and we don't have to be grim all the time."

- Madeleine Albright.

54. "What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change."

- Madeleine Albright.

55. "The process is in trouble, we cannot continue this way... One option is simply for us to remove ourselves from the process."

- Madeleine Albright.

56. "I have had fun being who I became, so to speak."

- Madeleine Albright.

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

- Madeleine Albright.

58. "Words here are no substitute for action in the region,... encourages extremism and diverts attention from the task at hand."

- Madeleine Albright.

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

- Madeleine Albright.

60. "There are a lot of similar aspects in all religions. The question is which side of it you hold up."

- Madeleine Albright.

61. "I spent my life studying communism and Soviet systems."

- Madeleine Albright.

62. "It is easier to remove tyrants and destroy concentration camps than to kill the ideas that gave them birth."

- Madeleine Albright.

63. "You have to learn to interrupt because you aren't going to get called on."

- Madeleine Albright.

Madeleine Albright Quotes On Women In Politics

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64. "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."

- Madeleine Albright, 'Celebrating Inspiration' Luncheon.

65. "When it comes to generating results, experience, and character count far more than a wrinkle-free face."

- Madeleine Albright.

66. "Only in America could a refugee girl from Central Europe become Secretary of State."

- Madeleine Albright.

67. "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."

- Madeleine Albright.

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

- Madeleine Albright.

69. "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."

- Madeleine Albright.

70. "Women cannot do everything at the same time, we need to understand milestones in our lives comes in segments."

- Madeleine Albright.

71. "I don't think people should think of women's issues as auxiliary issues - they are central."

- Madeleine Albright.

72. "I have said this many times, 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.

73. "It's... essential that girls not be exploited and abused and exposed to AIDS... It's very important to fight back."

- Madeleine Albright.

74. "I've never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there."

- Madeleine Albright.

75. "Our collective experience has shown that when women have the power to make their own choices, good things happen."

- Madeleine Albright.

76. "Women’s issues are the hardest issues; they are the ones that have to do with life and death."

- Madeleine Albright.

77. "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price - we think the price is worth it."

- Madeleine Albright.

78. "I respect her for living up to what we think is an international obligation and is going to do the right thing."

- Madeleine Albright.

79. "I have very set and consistent principles, but I am flexible on tactics."

- Madeleine Albright.

The Best Madeleine Albright Quotes

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80. "It is strange that a country is criticized for withdrawing from another country."

- Madeleine Albright.

81. "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.

82. "Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume."

- Madeleine Albright.

83. "You are not at the table."

- Madeleine Albright.

84. "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."

- Madeleine Albright.

85. "The only thing I have to go by is what my mother and father told me, how I was brought up."

- Madeleine Albright.

86. "People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below."

- Madeleine Albright.

87. "In a world where one-third of all edible food never makes it to the mouths of the hungry, we all have an individual moral responsibility to do our part."

- Madeleine Albright.

88. "What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?"

- Madeleine Albright.

89. "The complexity of immigration as an issue begins with a basic human trait: we are reluctant to share."

- Madeleine Albright, 'Fascism: A Warning'.

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

- Madeleine Albright.

91. "History is written backwards but lived forwards."

- Madeleine Albright.

92. "All we're trying to do is find the path to peace."

- Madeleine Albright.

93. "The victor of the war in Iraq is Iran."

- Madeleine Albright.

94. "Those who believe they are in full possession of the truth can be extremely dangerous."

- Madeleine Albright.

95. "I do believe that in order to be a successful negotiator as a diplomat, you have to be able to put yourself into the other person’s shoes."

- Madeleine Albright.

96. "There are an awful lot of things going on that need understanding and explanation, but - to put it mildly - the world is a mess."

- Madeleine Albright.

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

- Madeleine Albright.

98. “The main thing is to remain oneself, under any circumstances; that was and is our common purpose.”

- Madeleine Albright.

99. "I do think that one needs to have respect for people who are older. And I really do love the idea that one can respect generations."

- Madeleine Albright.

100. "When I tell you that the world needs you, I really, really do mean it."

- Madeleine Albright.

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