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Madeleine Albright

  • I do not believe things happen accidentally. I believe you earn them.

    • Madeleine Albright,
    • in Time ()
  • ... the purpose of foreign policy is to persuade others to do what we want or, better yet, to want what we want.

  • ... jewels have played a colorful part in the evolution of world affairs. Because precious stones tend to inspire both admiration and greed, leaders have found convenient excuses for seeking them and have used them to impress crowds, reward friends, deprive foes, forge alliances, and justify war. Jewels may find their highest expression in the decorative arts, but they have also earned a place in the art of the possible.

  • I felt that America's duty was not to try to do everything itself, but to foster a sense of commitment that would bring out the best in every country.

  • I am by nature a worried optimist ...

  • Journalists clamored to know everything about our meetings, even though the negotiators were pledged to secrecy. To deflect questions, I told reporters that peace talks were comparable to mushrooms, thriving only in the dark.

  • I bought ... the pins with my three daughters in mind; the ships are beautiful, graceful, and moving along at full sail, having long since left home port.

  • There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.

    • Madeleine Albright,
    • speech, Women in the World Summit ()

Madeleine Albright, Czechoslovakian born first female U.S. Secretary of State, diplomat


Born: Maria Jana Korbelová.