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By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I'm a terrible long-term planner.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Unless we improve our ability to provide a quality education for underprivileged kids, we're not going to really overcome in a massive way our past.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

We have important things to talk to the Russians about, despite their meddling in our elections. I hope they're talking about a way to eventually end this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria, end that war. The Russians have more leverage than we do. I hope they're talking about the fact that, if Kim Jong-un's long-range missiles can reach Alaska one day, they can also reach Vladivostok.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I get letters from kids from all over the country. I always try to answer them because there were people I looked up to in my youth and just wanted to be in contact with. It's also important to realize that you find your role models in a lot of different places. I've never believed that your role models have to look like you. You can find them in all sort of colors, shapes and sizes.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

... it's good to have female or minority role models. But the important thing is to have mentors who care about you, and they come in all colors.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

The first Republican I knew was my father and he is still the Republican I most admire. He joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did. My father has never forgotten that day, and neither have I.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I certainly have no regrets about overthrowing Saddam Hussein. I'd do it again. And, yes, there are a lot of things that I think we'd all do differently. Maybe we made some erroneous assumptions about the fabric of the society in Iraq and about the solidity of some of the institutions. And yes, there are a lot of things I would do differently. I'd probably work to rebuild Iraq from the outside in, rather than concentrating so much on Baghdad, for instance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I remember at the time of 9/11 that there were women who went out of their way to escort Muslim women to grocery stores because they wanted to be sure that they didn't experience any prejudice. And so I'm not one who believes that America is a country that's intolerant. It's the most tolerant country in the world, and I really think that it's unfortunate that a number of people are trying to paint America with this brush. I just don't see it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly Saddam can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

But we do have confidence in our institutions. We are not Russia. We have an executive that is constrained. We have a legislature that is real. We have a press that is free. We have courts that are independent. This is not Russia.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I find that the great majority of public servants across the entire political spectrum come because they believe in the United States and they want to change the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

It has been hard to muster the resources to support fledgling democracies and to intervene on behalf of the most desperate. The AIDS orphans in Uganda, the refugee fleeing Zimbabwe, the young woman who has been trafficked into the sex trade in Southeast Asia. It has been hard, yet this assistance together with the compassionate work of private charities, people of conscience and people of faith, has shown the soul of our country.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Tocqueville talked about "ceaseless agitation," citizens constantly use their institutions, constantly challenging them, constantly insisting upon their rights. It's also individuals taking responsibility for other individuals, recognition that no democracy works if they're weaklings.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I think the Saudis are not only not supporting terrorism, they're fighting it. And why? Because it is in their interests to fight it. We don't agree on everything, but I do believe that the Saudis for their benefit, they're fighting terrorism and fighting it quite aggressively.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

When you're in government, of course, you have protection and you have people who are looking out for your wellbeing, but you can't live in a state of fear. If you do, you're not going to do your job very well and you're going to give yourself high blood pressure, which probably isn't worth it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I may not agree with everything, but our President, just like President [George W.] Bush did, is trying to do his best under difficult circumstances.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

We [The United States] believe the Iranian people want a future of freedom and human rights: the right to vote, to run for office, to express their views without fear and to pursue political causes. We would welcome the progress, prosperity and freedom of the Iranian people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I use the word power broadly. Even more important than military and economic power is the power of ideas, the power of compassion, and the power of hope.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

We're in the middle of the transformation of a society that has handled its politics through repression to a society that will handle its politics through democratic institutions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful political and economic experiment in human history.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

We are at war, and our security as a nation depends on winning that war.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

There was no silver bullet that could have prevented the 11 September attacks. There was nothing demonstrating or showing that something was coming in the United States. If there had been something, we would have acted on it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

It's so much a part of me that it's almost hard to describe myself in the absence of [faith].

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

When people see the terrible scenes of violence on television, when we mourn the death of each and every American man and woman in uniform or a civilian that's killed in Iraq, that it's hard to see the progress that's being made and it's hard to believe that this is all going to come out for the better.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

What surprised me was the angst at our democracy. And I understand it - I teach at a university and feel it in my students - but what I've tried to say to people is that we have amazing institutions, but nobody ever said we were perfect. We struggled before and we're struggling now, and we're going to struggle every day. We're a work in progress. That's why the American experience is so important for us to remember, and for us to be a beacon for others to enjoy those same rights.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Diplomacy, if properly practiced, is not just talking for the sake of talking.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

There's no greater challenge and there is no greater honor than to be in public service.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I stick to playing Brahms, but I love listening to Led Zeppelin, and I've also been a big fan of Earth Wind and Fire since the Seventies and of The Gap Band since the Eighties.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

The growth of entrepreneurial classes throughout the world is an asset in the promotion of human rights and individual liberty, and it should be understood and used as such. Yet peace is the first and most important condition for continued prosperity and freedom. America's military power must be secure because the United States is the only guarantor of global peace and stability. The current neglect of America's armed forces threatens its ability to maintain peace.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

America's still a very, very powerful symbol and a very important place of leadership for the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I wish that after the war against Saddam Hussein we had been more effective at rebuilding Iraq quickly. I think had we done it from the provinces, in, rather than from Baghdad, out, we might have been more successful.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

The United States has been very clear that we did have to have some political basis to make clear that that cessation of hostilities was not going to countenance a return to the status quo ante. This resolution does that. And now we're going to see who is for peace and who isn't.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

The moral case is, people say, "Oh they're not ready for democracy," but that's something someone who lives in a democracy would say about someone who doesn't live in a democracy. Well, if democracy is the highest form of human potential, then it can't be true for us and not for them. But, the practical case is democracies don't invade their neighbors. Democracies don't traffic in child soldiers. Democracies don't harbor terrorists as a state policy. So there's a reason to have more democratic states.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I do think people have suggested that it would be a good thing if the reporting were accurate on Al-Jazeera and if it were not slanted in ways that appear to be at times just purely inaccurate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

The first step for a leader is to be right with yourself. Integrity is the basis of leadership.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

So I think, if September 11 taught us anything, it taught us that we're vulnerable, and vulnerable in ways that we didn't fully understand.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I have constantly told people that I was Secretary of State and I was not going to get into a partisan debate. And I would vote my ballot in a secret way, as all Americans do. But I just want to acknowledge that after the election took place, it was a special time for Americans.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

It hasn't yet materialized that I went into sports management, but I haven't ruled it out yet, either. I only half-jokingly remarked that I'd love to be the commissioner of the NFL. But as I recently told current Commissioner Roger Goodell, that job looked a lot more appealing when I was struggling with the Russians and the Iranians everyday.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

You never cede control of your own ability to be successful to something called racism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

What the United States has done hasn't always been liked or popular. But if you look at some of the most populous places in the world - China, India - the United States is not only respected but, in fact, popular.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I certainly think that the world views the United States as a place to be respected. All over the world our values are respected; who we are, a place that you can come and come from modest circumstances to great things, that's respected.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

The fact is, race is a constant factor in American life. Yet reacting to every incident, real or imagined, is crippling, tiring, and ultimately counter productive. I grew up in a family that believed that you might not be able to control your circumstances, but you can control your reaction to them. There was no room for being a victim or depending on the white man to take care of you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

At no time did I intend to, or do I believe that I did put forward false information to the American people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I know that people look at my life and ask, "How can I achieve some of those things?" So, I suppose in that sense, yes, I'm a role model. But I try to think of myself more as a mentor, as somebody who I hope young people feel comfortable approaching or writing to.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Well, there are many things, whenever you look back, that you would've done differently. We're all human. We do our best at the time. I really wish that we had passed a comprehensive immigration bill because that would've really helped our country. We came close, but we couldn't.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

There is not going to be any pass for Palestinian leadership in fighting terror.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Oh, indeed there is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9/11. It's not that Saddam Hussein was somehow himself and his regime involved in 9/11, but, if you think about what caused 9/11, it is the rise of ideologies of hatred that lead people to drive airplanes into buildings in New York.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

It was really wonderful playing with Aretha [ Franklin]. I knew that she knew what she was doing, so all I had to do was sit in the background and vamp a little bit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I laugh almost everyday. I have a good sense of humor, so I'm always finding something funny.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

No American president can support an Egypt that calls into question the historic treaty between Israel and Egypt. And no American president can support an Egypt that doesn't fully recognize women's rights or the rights of religious minorities.