Madeleine Albright quotes

Born
May 15, 1937, Prague, Czech Republic.

Occupation
Politician, diplomat.

Madeleine Albright is an American politician and diplomat. She is the first female United States Secretary of State in U.S. history.

The only thing I have to go by is what my mother and father told me, how I was brought up.
– 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
The difference between humans and other mammals is that we know how to accessorize.
– Madeleine Albright
I’ve never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there.
– Madeleine Albright
As strong as the United States is, we can’t deal with terrorism alone.
– Madeleine Albright
To understand Europe, you have to be a genius – or French.
– Madeleine Albright
Take it from someone who fled the Iron Curtain: I know what happens when you give the Russians a green light.
– Madeleine Albright
Take it from someone who fled the Iron Curtain: I know what happens when you give the Russians a green light.
– Madeleine Albright
We live in an image society. Speeches are not what anybody cares about; what they care about is the picture.
– 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
So people are talking about revolution. What a revolution it would be to have a woman president.
– Madeleine Albright
To be safe at the expense of the liberty of other people is a difficult equation.
– 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
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
I loved what I did. I could’ve been secretary of state for ever.
– Madeleine Albright
For me, America is really, truly the indispensable nation.
– Madeleine Albright
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.
– Madeleine Albright
My mind-set is Munich. Most of my generation’s is Vietnam.
– Madeleine Albright
It’s one thing to be religious, but it’s another thing to make religion your policy.
– 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
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.
– Madeleine Albright
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.
– Madeleine Albright
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
I have had fun being who I became, so to speak.
– Madeleine Albright
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.
– 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
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
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
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.
– Madeleine Albright
When Hillary served as Secretary of State, I watched her partner with President Obama to restore our country’s reputation around the world.
– 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
Hate, emotionalism, and frustration are not policies.
– Madeleine Albright
Even before I went to the UN, I often would want to say something in a meeting – only woman at the table – and I’d think, ‘OK well, I don’t think I’ll say that. It may sound stupid.’ And then some man says it, and everybody thinks it’s completely brilliant, and you are so mad at yourself for not saying something.
– Madeleine Albright
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
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.
– Madeleine Albright
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
I believe that my parents did wonderful things for us.
– Madeleine Albright
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