Madeleine Albright

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

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

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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

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One of the issues I kept saying to my students is you have to learn to interrupt. When you raise your hand at a meeting, by the time they get to you, the point is not germane. So the bottom line is active listening. If you are going to interrupt, you look for opportunities. You have to know what you're talking about.Madeleine Albright

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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

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A lot of people think international relations is like a game of chess. But it's not a game of chess, where people sit quietly, thinking out their strategy, taking their time between moves. It's more like a game of billiards, with a bunch of balls clustered together.Madeleine Albright

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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

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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

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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

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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 a dissonance and difficulty.Madeleine Albright

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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

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

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To understand Europe, you have to be a genius - or French.Madeleine Albright

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

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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

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

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I have had fun being who I became, so to speak.Madeleine Albright

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NATO has been a thread throughout my life.Madeleine Albright

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Take it from someone who fled the Iron Curtain: I know what happens when you give the Russians a green light.Madeleine Albright

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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

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I'm a problem-solver.Madeleine Albright

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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

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Our strategic dialogue with China can both protect American interests and uphold our principles, provided we are honest about our differences on human rights and other issues and provided we use a mix of targeted incentives and sanctions to narrow these differences.Madeleine Albright

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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