Take it from someone who fled the Iron Curtain: I know what happens when you give the Russians a green light.
While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
Most of the time I spend when I get up in the morning is trying to figure out what is going to happen.
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.
We live in an image society. Speeches are not what anybody cares about; what they care about is the picture.
Well, the thing that I learned as a diplomat is that human relations ultimately make a huge difference.
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.
Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume.
China is in its own category -- too big to ignore, too repressive to embrace, difficult to influence, and very, very proud.
When Hillary served as Secretary of State, I watched her partner with President Obama to restore our country's reputation around the world.
I wasn't a normal professor. I had worked in government. I hadn't written nine zillion books. I was a hands-on professor.
For somebody who loves foreign policy, being Secretary is the best job in the world -- but it doesn't happen twice.
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.
When we're trying to solve difficult national issues its sometimes necessary to talk to adversaries as well as friends. Historians have a word for this: diplomacy.
What you have to be concerned about are the extremists. On the whole, we need to understand the more moderate Muslims before they become more radicalized.
When trouble arises among faraway people, we remain tempted to hide behind the principle of national sovereignty, to mind our own business when it is convenient, and to think of democracy as a suit to be worn in fine weather but felt in the closet when clouds threaten.
The purpose of foreign policy is to persuade others to do what we want or, better yet, to want what we want.
I do consider myself a feminist. I know the word has weird implications for people now, but I do think that its important to have women involved, whether its business or public service or...anything.
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.
So there really was a whole series of things that took the women of my generation a little bit of time to push forward.
I'm for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below.
I am the only high-ranking U.S. official to ever meet with Kim Jong-il, and we are the same height and both wear high heels.
The religious scholars I have consulted are passionate about the need for political leaders to educate themselves in the varieties of faith and to see religion more as a potential means for reconciliation than as a source of conflict.
As you go along your own road in life, you will, if you aim high enough, also meet resistance... But no matter how tough the opposition may seem, have courage still and persevere.
The reason I made women's issues central to American foreign policy, was not because I was a feminist, but because we know that societies are more stable if women are politically and economically empowered.
There are an awful lot of things going on that need understanding and explanation, but -- to put it mildly -- the world is a mess.
The other thing that happened was that we have a tendency to project our own weaknesses onto another woman. I don't think men do that particularly.
The administration does not agree with those who suggest we should deploy hundreds of thousands of American troops to engage militarily in a ground war in Iraq.
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.
When Hillary was First Lady, we went to the Beijing Women's Conference. She courageously stood up and spoke out on behalf of human rights and women's rights, inspiring millions to fight for a better future.
People didn't think that a woman could be the Secretary of State, when my name was out there...but then the Arab Ambassadors at the UN said 'We have no problem dealing with Ambassador Albright, and we would have no problem dealing with Secretary Albright.'
It is an unfortunate fact that in many parts of the world women are considered property. An awful lot of injustice is obviously due to that; not just women's status in the home, but all kinds of laws that are even more discriminating.
I get up every morning and I'm grateful for everything that has happened. I go through my list about being grateful for my children and grandchildren, and for the really remarkable life that I have been able to have.
I don't actually believe in a clash of civilizations. I believe in a clash of the civilized and the noncivilized.
I was struck by the joy of those pilots in committing coldblooded murder ... Frankly, this is not cojones. This is cowardice.
We have to understand where we have strategic relationships that require us to take a different approach. I guess the easiest way to describe it is: different strokes for different folks.
There were always jokes about Hillary Clinton channeling Eleanor Roosevelt, but Eleanor Roosevelt was really instrumental at the UN, and would want to meet with various other delegates.
I have very set and consistent principles, but I am flexible on tactics. I like to get the job done.
A spoonful of sugar can be as helpful in dealing with foreign diplomats as it is in child psychology, for these are not unrelated fields.
US is a very religious country. Separation of church and state is part of our credo, but that it is hard to understand since our money says In God we trust and every President says God bless America.
The stunning part was that one time Neil McElroy the Secretary of Defense who was the father of one of our classmates spoke and basically at commencement, he told us all that our job after graduation was to get married and have interesting sons...and we all found that hard to believe.
I think there has to be the sense that once you have climbed the ladder of success, that you don't push it away from the building.
When combined with information and communication technologies, microcredit can unleash new opportunities for the world's poorest entrepreneurs and thereby revitalize the village economies they serve.
The bottom line is, the more we have a cadre of women moving up the scale, and it doesn't seem threatening, and people realize that women actually work much harder than men, and realize that they need more women in these jobs, I think that goes away.
The process of education in the oldest profession in the world is like any other educational process, in that it requires time andeffort and patience; it can only be acquired by taking one step at a time, though the steps become accelerated after the first few.
I was not at all apprehensive about ... disease ... it had no terrors for me. The thing I most feared in the world was hunger. That was something of which I had personal knowledge.
I bought ... the pins with my three daughters in mind; the ships are beautiful, graceful, and moving along at full sail, having long since left home port.
I consider it my patriotic duty as an ordinary citizen -- not as Secretary of State -- to ask questions. I think we have to ask ourselves the tough questions.
I think that the Middle East is the largest piece of unfinished business that we all have. I happen to believe in the democratization process.
We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction.
I think women want to take care of themselves, and I think having a voice in how that is done is very important.
And so I think that the idea of America working with other countries to solve problems is good for us, and it is part of digging us out of the my way or the highway approach that was evident in the previous eight years.
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.
John Kerry actually stole my line because when I became Secretary of State, I said, 'I hope my heels will fill Warren Christopher's shoes.' So he reversed that.
John Kerry knows more about more subjects than an awful lot of people. But I think it's a very hard job Secretary of State.
The system President Hosni Mubarak is recommending would make it virtually impossible for truly independent parties to participate. Sham democracy should be exposed for what it truly is.
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.
When Hillary served in the Senate, I saw her work day and night as a member of the Armed Services Committee -- working with Republicans and Democrats to keep our military strong and protect our troops and their families.
Unfortunately for the Iraqi people, instead of meeting these requirements, for six years, Saddam Hussein has lied, delayed, obstructed and tried to deceive.
Well we're good friends so I'm a little prejudice, but I think Hillary Clinton is incredibly qualified, and better prepared to be president than almost anyone who's ever run frankly.
As far as barriers once I joined the government I was very lucky because I had all of my credentials together, I was Doctor Albright... So when somebody wanted the one woman I made sure that they knew I was dependable and qualified.
Our predecessors understood that the ties that bind America are far stronger than disagreements over any particular policy and far more durable and profound than any party affiliation.
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.
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.
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.
We have the most generous immigration policy, but what is a concern is when illegal immigrants come and undermine a variety of the systems that work in order to make our society function.
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.
No one has done what Saddam Hussein has done, or is thinking of doing. He is producing weapons of mass destruction, and he is qualitatively and quantitatively different from other dictators.
I teach at Georgetown, and I see that the students have so many different interests. The main thing is to match your passion with your knowledge, because you can't just be passionate without knowing the facts, and facts are really boring without passion.
The act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.
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.
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.
It's important that we invest in America -- literally. The terrorists wanted to destroy our economy, and we can't let our system fall apart. We also have to invest in one another.
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 State who was a woman, but not just chosen for that particular reason.
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 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.
The U.N. bureaucracy has grown to elephantine proportions. Now that the Cold War is over, we are asking that elephant to do gymnastics.
My parents were of the generation who thought they were the children of a free Czechoslovakia, the only democracy in central Europe.
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.
There's Madeleine, and then there's 'Madeleine Albright'. And I sometimes kind of think, who is this person? Once you become 'Madeleine Albright' it doesn't go away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And so I have studied, I have to tell you, revolutions and uprisings for a long time. They are all slightly different, but what they all look for is some kind of a mechanism to go from an authoritarian system to an open, democratic system.
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.
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.
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.
Hussein has chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.
Saddam's goal is to achieve the lifting of U.N. sanctions while retaining and enhancing Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs. We cannot, we must not and we will not let him succeed.
Iraq is a long way from the U.S., but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.
The best book, like the best speech, will do it all -- make us laugh, think, cry and cheer -- preferably in that order.
Women have to be active listeners and interrupters -- but when you interrupt, you have to know what you are talking about.
I do believe that in order to be a successful negotiator that as a diplomat, you have to be able to put yourself into the other person's shoes. Unless you can understand what is motivating them, you are never going to be able to figure out how to solve a particular problem.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
If you look at my life, generally, I've been put in situations which were difficult and which I conquered.
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.
I've never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there.
As a leader, you have to have the ability to assimilate new information and understand that there might be a different view.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The magic of America is that we're a free and open society with a mixed population. Part of our security is our freedom.
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.
Women can't do everything at the same time, we need to understand milestones in our lives comes in segments.
It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
Good guys don't always win, especially when they are divided and less determined than their adversaries. 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.
Mussolini also stopped comparing himself to Caesar, wondering aloud if Jesus Christ might be a more apt comparison.
Years before taking office, Hitler told his fellow Nazis, The Constitution only maps out the arena of the battle, not the goal… once we possess constitutional power, we will mold the state into the shape we hold to be suitable.
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.
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