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    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
    tags: men  women  saying  meeting 
     
    I'm not a person who thinks the world would be entirely different if it was run by women. If you think that, you've forgotten what high school was like.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: people  women  world  school 
     
    Our collective experience has shown that when women have the power to make their own choices, good things happen.
    — 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
    tags: leader 
     
    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 life.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: faith  success 
     
    The best book, like the best speech, will do it all - make us laugh, think, cry and cheer - preferably in that order.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: speech  book 
     
    We must be authors of the history of our age.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: age  author 
     
    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 my violate our laws against illicit entry, but if that's all they do they are trespassers, not criminals. They deserve to have their dignity respected.
    — Madeleine Albright
    We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism.
    — Madeleine Albright
    To put it mildly, the world is a mess.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: world 
     
    We live in an image society. Speeches are not what anybody cares about; what they care about is the picture.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: society  live  care  speech 
     
    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
    As you go along your own road in life, you will, if you aim high enough, also meet resistance... But no matter how tough the opposition may seem, have courage still and persevere.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: courage 
     
    I do believe that in order to be a successful negotiator that as a diplomat, you have to be able to put yourself into the other person's shoes. Unless you can understand what is motivating them, you are never going to be able to figure out how to solve a particular problem.
    — Madeleine Albright
    The world would be entirely different if it were run by women. I think it is true that we are more seeking consensus and don't have such big egos and have a variety of different ways of trying to get along. But anybody who says that the world would be better has forgotten high school. It depends on who the women are.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: women  world  true  school 
     
    If intelligence were a television set, it would be an early black-and-white model with poor reception, so that much of the picture was gray and the figures on the screen were snowy and indistinct. You could fiddle with the knobs all you wanted, but unless you were careful, what you would see often depended more on what you expected or hoped to see than on what was really there.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: poor  intelligence 
     
    The reason I made women's issues central to American foreign policy, was not because I was a feminist, but because we know that societies are more stable if women are politically and economically empowered.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: women  society  american 
     
    I think this is a very hard choice, but the price - we think the price is worth it.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: choice  worth 
     
    I have said this many times, that there seems to be enough room in the world for mediocre men, but not for mediocre women, and we really have to work very, very hard.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: time  men  work  women  world 
     
    Embrace the faith that every challenge surmounted by your energy; every problem solved by your wisdom; every soul stirred by your passion; and every barrier to justice brought down by your determination will ennoble your life, inspire others, serve your country, and explode outward the boundaries of what is achievable on this earth.
    — Madeleine Albright
    If there's nobody in your way, you're not going anywhere.
    — Madeleine Albright
    Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: job 
     
    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
    tags: time 
     
    There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: women  hell  help 
     
    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
    tags: time  dignity  leader 
     
    No matter what message you are about to deliver somewhere, whether it is holding out a hand of friendship, or making clear that you disapprove of something, is the fact that the person sitting across the table is a human being, so the goal is to always establish common ground.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: friendship  people  human  facts  goal 
     
    We must help women in every society to have their voices heard.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: women  society  help 
     
    One of the things that was really an issue was I did not want to just be a woman secretary of state. I wanted to be a secretary of a state who was a woman, but not just chosen for that particular reason.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: women 
     
    Leaders are made by the situations they are involved in. I think that some rise to the occasion and some do not.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: occasion  leader 
     
    I am by nature a worried optimist.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: nature 
     
    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
    tags: time  men  people  power 
     
    Real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: time  real  leadership 
     
    Women have to be active listeners and interrupters - but when you interrupt, you have to know what you are talking about.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: women  interrupt 
     
    History is written backwards but lived forwards.
    — Madeleine Albright
    Women can't do everything at the same time, we need to understand milestones in our lives comes in segments.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: time  women  live 
     
    I've never seen America as an imperialist or colonialist or meddling country.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: america 
     
    I enjoy wearing pins, and nobody tells me to do it.
    — Madeleine Albright
    What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: people 
     
    I am a beneficiary of the American people's generosity, and I hope we can have comprehensive immigration legislation that allows this country to continue to be enriched by those who were not born here.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: hope  american 
     
    I love being a woman and I was not one of these women who rose through professional life by wearing men's clothes or looking masculine. I loved wearing bright colors and being who I am.
    — Madeleine Albright
    tags: women 
     
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