Truly remarkable leadership is not just about motivating others to follow, it's about inspiring them to become leaders themselves and setting the stage for even greater opportunities for future generations.

— Condoleezza Rice

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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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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.

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In America, with education and hard work, it really does not matter where you came from; it matters only where you are going.

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Self esteem comes from achievements. Not from lax standards and false praise.

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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.

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You know, I've never believed, in anything, that you had to have role models who looked like you to do something. If I'd been waiting for a black, female, soviet specialist role model, I'd be still waiting.

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When somebody underestimated me, it made me want to prove them wrong.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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I didn't run for student council president.

I don't see myself in any way in elected office. I love policy. I'm not particularly fond of politics.

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About Condoleezza Rice

Quotes 267 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Statesman
Birthday October 16

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.

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

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Race is a constant factor in American life.

Yet reacting to every incident,real or imagined, is crippling, tiring, and ultimately counterproductive.

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Your passion may be hard to spot, so keep an open mind and keep searching.

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We can't live true to our set of values unless American educational system is strong. I really believe that if we don't get that right we will not compete because we won't believe that our people can compete, and we'll turn inward. We won't lead. That will be bad for the world.

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We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.

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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.

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I firmly believe you never should spend your time being the former anything.

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Education is transformational. It changes lives. That is why people work so hard to become educated and why education has always been the key to the American Dream, the force that erases arbitrary divisions of race and class and culture and unlocks every person's God-given potential.

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Human beings are not perfect. Their institutions are not perfect, but they have to keep trying. And America has to help people keep trying.

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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.

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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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I'm saying there is no way that I will do this, because it's really not me.

I know my strengths, and governor Romney needs to find someone who wants to run with him. There are many people who will do it very, very well, and I'll support the ticket.

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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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This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia, where Russia can threaten its neighbors, occupy a capital, overthrow a government, and get away with it. Things have changed.

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I was born in segregated Birmingham, Alabama.

I didn't have a white classmate till we moved to Denver.

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When I went off to college, I was expecting to be a concert musician.

In music school I heard all of these kids who were just unbelievable. And I understand that you can be very, very good, but there's something that separates very, very good from great, and I knew that I wasn't great.

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Leading in a complex world means recognizing the simple things you can do to make things better.

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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.

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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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Separation of powers is a problem for foreign policy.

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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.

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This is the democratic process at work, What you're seeing with this process is the Iraqi people embracing American-style democracy.

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My Fox guys, I love every single one of them.

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

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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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Punish France, ignore Germany, and forgive Russia.

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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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Most of the people who were responsible for 9/11 are now in custody or have been killed. But there are others, and they plot and they plan, and they hope to pull it off again. And while we have to be right 100 percent of the time, they only have to be right once. So there's no way to overreact to that.

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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.

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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.

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My parents elected me president of the family when I was 4.

We actually had an election every year and I always won. I'm an only child, and I could count on my mother's vote.

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To see an African-American elected president means that this country is really finally coming full circle from the birth defect of slavery.

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Once a month I play with a chamber music quartet.

I play almost no solo music anymore because I so enjoy the interaction. The members of my quartet have become some of my best friends and so I really enjoy it now in ways that I didn't before.

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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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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.

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

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