Great Quotes by Condoleezza Rice

We need a common enemy to unite us.

Condoleezza Rice

The essence of America – that which really unites us – is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea – and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.

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What has always made our country special is that it doesn’t matter where you come from; it matters where you’re going. Our job is to make certain the pathways are open to both our boys and our girls.

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I would even say that my parents, and their friends in our community, thought of education as a kind of armor against racism.

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I think my father thought I might be president of the United States. I think he would’ve been satisfied with secretary of state. I’m a foreign policy person, and to have a chance to serve my country as the nation’s chief diplomat at a time of peril and consequence, that was enough.

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My father joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did.

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Believe it or not, I loved acid rock in college – and I still do.

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What you know today can affect what you do tomorrow. But what you know today cannot affect what you did yesterday.

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The day has to come when it’s not a surprise that a woman has a powerful position.

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People have the right to protest – that’s what democracy is all about. I have no problem with people exercising their democratic rights.

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I’m a very happy university professor… the best thing about being a university professor is that you see young people as they’re being shaped and molded toward their own future, and you have a chance to be a part of that.

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Today’s headlines and history’s judgment are rarely the same.

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Frankly, as secretary of state, if somebody treats you badly because you’re a woman, it’s your fault – not theirs.

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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.

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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.

Condoleezza Rice

When I talk to students – and I still think of myself more than anything as a kind of professor on leave – they say, ‘Well, how do I get to do what you do?’… And I say, ‘Well, you have to start out by being a failed piano major.’ And my point to them is don’t try to have a 10-year plan. Find the next thing that interests you and follow that.

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There are those who would draw a sharp line between power politics and a principled foreign policy based on values. This polarized view – you are either a realist or devoted to norms and values – may be just fine in academic debate, but it is a disaster for American foreign policy. American values are universal.

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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.

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You aren’t going to be successful as a diplomat if you don’t understand the strategic context in which you are actually negotiating. It is not deal making. It’s not.

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There was no silver bullet that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks.

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I think golf can be one of those places where we act and we hope that people act as we would like them to act all the time.

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I remember, when I was 6 years old, we were having an event at school where different dolls were on display. I said that the tallest doll needed to be on the end, and my little friend said to me, ‘Oh, you’re just so bossy.’ I remember thinking that wasn’t a good thing. But I kept insisting the doll had to be on the end anyway.

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I’ve been in enough positions to respect people with different views.

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That was a sin: to consider yourself victimized or not able to control your destiny or your fate – that was the one cardinal sin in our community.

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What the United States has done is to be open to people who are fleeing tyranny, who are fleeing danger, but we have done it in a very careful way that has worked for us.

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I’m not a politician.

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Foreign policy simply cannot be judged by today’s headlines that chalk up victories and defeats like so many box scores in the sports sections.

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Does anybody think these people were just sitting around drinking tea?

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People notice if you are black. People notice if you are female. We are certainly not either colorblind or gender-blind in this country, so I’m not suggesting that it isn’t a factor. But I think in the final analysis, people will take a look at the positions, and they’ll take a look at the issues.

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When you’re doing collaborative music, the relationship that forms is a very bonding kind of experience.

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Success is not assured, but America is resolute: this is the best chance for peace we are likely to see for some years to come – and we are acting to help Israelis and Palestinians seize this chance.

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It has been, after all, 11 years, more than a decade now, of defiance of U.N. resolutions by Saddam Hussein. Every obligation that he signed onto after the Gulf War, so that he would not be a threat to peace and security, he has ignored and flaunted.

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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.

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The U.S. has since the end of World War II had an answer – we stand for free peoples and free markets, we are willing to support and defend them – we will sustain a balance of power that favors freedom.

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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.

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There isn’t a doubt that Iran constitutes the single most important single-country strategic challenge to the United States and to the kind of Middle East that we want to see.

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I think there are still unanswered questions about Benghazi. I think there are unanswered questions, and they could be easily answered. But I think they need to be answered.

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If it is not possible for me to go somewhere and to be willing to encounter people with different views, then I’m really not doing my job.

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I’m actually – believe it or not, for an academic – an aural learner.

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I am a professor at Stanford; I am a happy professor at Stanford. That’s where I’m staying.

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When you are going up the corporate ladder or the government ladder, you have to take some risk.

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When people don’t have a hopeful vision before them or the possible resolution of their difficulties by peaceful means, then they can be attracted to violence and to separatism.

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When you’re on a golf course, a couple of things are very interesting. No matter who you’re with and who you’re playing with, people want each other to do well.

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My dad was not someone who you would strike with a billy club and he wouldn’t strike back. It just wasn’t in him.

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

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I don’t think anybody can take the word of Saddam Hussein and his regime, and certainly an American president and allies who are obligated to worry about the safety and security of our countries, cannot take the word of this dictator, who lies, pathologically lies.

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But I want to just caution, it is not incumbent on the United States to prove that Saddam Hussein is trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction. He’s already demonstrated that he’s trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

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It is high time that the international community tell Saddam Hussein and his regime that this is not an issue of negotiation with the U.N. about obligations that they undertook in 1991.

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We know that there are unaccounted-for Scud and other ballistic missiles in Iraq. And part of the problem is that, since 1998, there has been no way to even get minimal information about those programs except through intelligence means.

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There’s no doubt that it’s still a dangerous place, Afghanistan. The fortunate thing is that the United States was helping to provide security for Chairman Karzai. And it shows that the United States is committed to that regime.

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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.

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We’ve been a country that’s been fortunate to be protected by two oceans, to not have serious attacks on our territory for most of our history. And we were unfortunately reminded in a very devastating way of our vulnerability.

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