What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.
What really troubles me is that democracy is getting a bad name because it is identified with imposition and occupation. I'm for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below.Madeleine AlbrightWhen asked what she considered the greatest mistake of the George W. Bush administration, interview with Deborah Solomon, New York Times (April 23, 2006)
It is the threat of the use of force [against Iraq] and our line-up there that is going to put force behind the diplomacy. But if we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us.Madeleine AlbrightStated on NBC's Today Show (February 19, 1998)
I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.Madeleine AlbrightStated on CBS's 60 Minutes (May 12, 1996) in reply to Lesley Stahl's question "We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?" Albright was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time.
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 AlbrightComment on the Rwandan Genocide in Madam Secretary (2003), p. 147.
What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?Madeleine AlbrightTo Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the 1990s, on Bosnia, recounted in Madam Secretary (2003), p. 182
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 lifeMadeleine AlbrightOn her upbringing, Madam Secretary (2003), p. 512
There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.Madeleine AlbrightKeynote speech at "Celebrating Inspiration" luncheon with the WNBA's All-Decade Team, quoted in Mechelle Voepel, ESPN (July 13, 2006)
There is a significant moral difference between a person who commits a violent crime and a person who tries to cross a border illegally in order to put food on the family table. Such migrants may violate our laws against illicit entry, but if that's all they do then they are trespassers, not criminals. They deserve to have their dignity respected.Madeleine AlbrightOn illegal migrants to the United States from Mexico and Central America, in Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (2008), p. 225
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 AlbrightMadeleine Albright in: Madeleine Albright on Barriers Broken and Barriers that Remain, The wall Street Journal, 7 May 2012
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