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Condoleezza Rice
By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I remember classes in college where the professor was espousing certain theories about how blacks were inherently less intelligent. But I learned a long time ago to give people the benefit of the doubt, not to assume that somebody was reacting to you because of race.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

The pursuit by the Iranian regime of nuclear weapons represents a direct threat to the entire international community, including to the United States and to the Persian Gulf region.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Every good leader is part manager and every good manager is part leader.

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 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

Iran can and should be a responsible state, not the leading state sponsor of terror.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I think there are plenty of men out there who are capable and accomplished in their own realm. You don't have to be in the same field. I've often been asked, "Didn't you want to get married?" And of course I wanted to get married, but you have to fall in love and want to marry a particular person. You don't get married in the abstract. So, although there were people I felt I might have married, it just never happened.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Well, there's been plenty of ultimatums, and one thing that we better be very clear is that we can't continue to have the kind of defiance of the United Nations, the defiance of the international community that we've had.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I think the word of the United States has been as good as gold in its international dealings and its agreements.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

The United States government does not authorise or condone torture of detainees. Torture, and conspiracy to commit torture, are crimes under US law, wherever they may occur in the world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

We're all products of our environment, and I suspect that strength of will - the feeling, "I'm going to be able to do whatever you put in front of me" - is honed in an environment where not everything is easy. Ironically, growing up in that environment, you don't have a sense of aggrievement or entitlement. You just have a sense of overcoming.

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

I've always said as a political scientist that "culture" is what we use when we can't explain things. I think it's more about accessibility. Part of the problem is that this is an expensive game [golf]. I know in a couple of places where there are black members, and they come from pretty much the same socioeconomic level that the white members come from.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Our work has only begun. In our time we have an historic opportunity to shape a global balance of power that favors freedom and that will therefore deepen and extend the peace. And I use the word power broadly, because even more important than military and indeed economic power is the power of ideas, the power of compassion, and the power of hope.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

You cannot be on one hand dedicated to peace and on the other dedicated to violence. Those two things are irreconcilable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I don't believe for a minute anybody allowed people to suffer because they are African Americans.

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 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

People may oppose you, but when they realize you can hurt them, they'll join your side.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I believed Afghanistan was always going to be hard. It's the fifth poorest country in the world. And when you fly over it, you realize that there's not much there. And, of course, it has the problem, too, of being on that border with Pakistan in basically an ungoverned region that has given the terrorists a staging ground. So it's a very difficult place. But I do believe that the mission there can succeed if success is defined as helping the Afghans to prevent the Taliban from being an existential threat to the Afghan government.

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 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

There have been plenty of markers that show that this [Iraq] is a country that is worth the investment, because once it emerges as a country that is a stabilising factor, you will have a very different kind of Middle East.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

We can't afford to let the international community and the world lose faith in the diplomatic track.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Now, al Qaeda's on the run. Afghanistan is no longer a base of operations. The Afghan government is a friendly government that is trying to bring democracy to its people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I'm a terrible long-term planner.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Most days are not overwhelmingly successful in your life. And what really marks whether you're going to be successful is how well you deal with the bad days, not how well you deal with the good ones.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Life is full of surprises and and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure-do it well, enjoy it-and then, not now, think about what comes next.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

My favorite quote is Thomas Jefferson`s "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time." Well, he was a slave-owner. But these institutions, while they weren't perfect at the time, did allow people to prosper and to continue to struggle and build toward them. That's what you need, is good institutions and I think people will eventually live up to them.

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

Even when you cherish democratic ideals, it is never easy to turn them into effective democratic institutions. This process will take decades.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

[T]hat afternoon, Sergei Lavrov called me for the second time during the crisis. [...] “We have three demands,” he said. “What are they?” I asked. “The first two are that the Georgians sign the no-use-of-force pledge and that their troops return to barracks,” he told me. “Done,” I answered. [...] But then Sergei said, “The other demand is just between us. Misha Saakashvili has to go.” I couldn’t believe my ears and I reacted out of instinct, not analysis. “Sergei, the secretary of state of the United States does not have a conversation with the Russian foreign minister about overthrowing a democratically elected president,” I said. “The third condition has just become public because I’m going to call everyone I can and tell them that Russia is demanding the overthrow of the Georgian president.” “I said it was between us,” he repeated. “No, it’s not between us. Everyone is going to know.” The conversation ended. I called Steve Hadley to tell him about the Russian demand. Then I called the British, the French, and several others. That afternoon the UN Security Council was meeting. I asked our representative to inform the Council as well. Lavrov was furious, saying that he’d never had a colleague divulge the contents of a diplomatic conversation. I felt I had no choice. If the Georgians wanted to punish Saakashvili for the war, they would have a chance to do it through their own constitutional processes. But the Russians had no right to insist on his removal. The whole thing had an air of the Soviet period, when Moscow had controlled the fate of leaders throughout Eastern Europe. I was certainly not going to be party to a return to those days [688].

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I will never forget the bright September day, standing at my desk in the White House, when my young assistant said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center - and then a second one - and a third, the Pentagon.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I believe in having a private life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I don't know anyone who is more admired and respected in the international community than President Karzai, for his strength, for his wisdom and for his courage to lead this country first in the defeat of the Taliban and now in rebuilding a democratic and unified Afghanistan. And I can tell you I am with foreign ministers and with heads of state all over the world. I sit in the councils of NATO. I sit with the EU. I sit with people all over the world and there is great admiration for your president and also for what the Afghan people are doing here.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Education is of no value and talent is worthless - unless you have an unwavering aim. Never find yourself without a compass.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

When are we going to stop making excuses for the terrorists and saying that somebody is making them do it? No, these are simply evil people who want to kill.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

As secretary of state it's been an enormous honor to represent this great country that I love so much - I have really seen that our great strengths are in the ability of people to reach their potential here.

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 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

As I was telling my husb — As I was telling President Bush.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I think our dependence on foreign oil is a real problem, potential Achilles heel, and we have to do something about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I learned a lot about my parents, who were both teachers. I had known that my parents were very strongly in favor of education. I had known that they had an impact on a lot of people, but people came out of the woodwork who have said, "You know, without your father, I would never have gone to college," very successful people. And so I learned how widespread their educational evangelism really was.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I'm actually genuinely optimistic about the United States and what's possible in the United States. And when you're out here, you see Americans across racial and economic and socioeconomic lines working together. And you maybe get a little bit less cynical than when you sit in the seat of kind of the epicenter of it all.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I think there are plenty of men out there who are capable and accomplished in their own realm. You don't have to be in the same field.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

I'm very proud that President [George W.] Bush took on AIDS relief. It was the largest single response by any country to a major international health crisis, and there are millions of people who are alive today in Africa and other developing countries because of that program.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

We've organized human potential and have been better at using human potential better than any country on the face of the Earth. That's because we've recognized that our national creed, our national identity, is that it doesn't matter where you're from, it matters where you're going. You can come from hard circumstances and do great things. We've got to make that true for a whole variety of people who no longer feel that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

If you're always in the company of people who agree with you, you're going to think of people who don't agree with you as venal or stupid. I constantly tell my students that if they're in the company of people who always say "amen" to what you say, find other company. And that is the source of illiberalism, when you are unable to listen to someone who thinks differently. That's when democracies are in trouble.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Prejudice and bigotry are brought down...by the sheer force of determination of individuals to succeed and the refusal of a human being to let prejudice define the parameters of the possible.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

There clearly are contacts between al Qaeda and Iraq that can be documented; there clearly is testimony that some of the contacts have been important contacts and that there's a relationship here

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

You do have to keep in mind as you're going through extraordinarily difficult circumstances, that if you stay true, true to your values, if you stay true to your principles, if you believe in these values, then you can work in that context to right policies that may not be working.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

What we will not wait for is that particular nexus of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction that is extremism, and the technology to come together in a way that is harmful to the United States.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Condoleezza Rice

Every life is capable of greatness.