Madeleine Albright is an American politician and diplomat who served as President Bill Clinton’s first female Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.

President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in May 2012.

We have selected some of the top quotes from Madeleine Albright for you.


Best Madeleine Albright Quotes

“I’m a problem-solver.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“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).

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

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“What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“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).

“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).

“Whatever the job you are asked to do at whatever level, do a good job because your reputation is your resume.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“I have very set and consistent principles, but I am flexible on tactics. I like to get the job done.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“I do not believe that things happen accidentally; I believe you earn them.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“If there’s nobody in your way, you’re not going anywhere.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

Top Madeleine Albright Quotes

“Leaders are made by the situations they are involved in. I think that some rise to the occasion and some do not.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“To put it mildly, the world is a mess.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“We have a responsibility in our time, as others have had in theirs, not to be prisoners of history but to shape history, a responsibility to fill the role of path-finder, and to build with others a global network of purpose and law.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“We must help women in every society to have their voices heard.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Glass ceilings have been broken, but more have to be broken.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“The process of education in the oldest profession in the world is like any other educational process, in that it requires time and effort and patience; it can only be acquired by taking one step at a time, though the steps become accelerated after the first few.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“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).

“Libraries are fun, educational, and the biggest bargain on the face of the earth.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Our collective experience has shown that when women have the power to make their own choices, good things happen.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“We have the most generous immigration policy, but what is a concern is when illegal immigrants come and undermine a variety of the systems that work in order to make our society function.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

Famous Madeleine Albright Quotes

“I am by nature a worried optimist…” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Well, the thing that I learned as a diplomat is that human relations ultimately make a huge difference.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“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).

“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).

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“I have had fun being who I became, so to speak.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Freedom succeeds from the moment people stop looking to others to improve their lives and start taking responsibility.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Democracy cannot be built on revenge and you will not have the support of the world if you are intolerant and take the law into your own hands.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“I’ve never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“The difference between humans and other mammals is that we know how to accessorize.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

Popular Madeleine Albright Quotes

“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).

“I was a little girl in World War II and I’m used to being freed by Americans.” ~ (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).

“Armageddon is not a foreign policy.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“The main thing is to remain oneself, under any circumstances; that was and is our common purpose.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“I’m for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Only in America could a refugee girl from Central Europe become secretary of state.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“I can’t go out with a Republican.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Really, I have to laugh because there was a whole set of stories that made me sound like the Dragon Lady, you know, ‘tough this and tough that.’ Then there is this business about ‘gooey.’ The bottom line is I am a pragmatic idealist.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Our life comes in segments, and we have to understand that we can have it all if we’re not trying to do it all at once.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“It’s one thing to be religious, but it’s another thing to make religion your policy.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“I do think that one needs to have respect for people who are older. And I really do love the idea that one can respect generations.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

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“A great task has been completed and an even larger one remains.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“I have always thought of myself as a Czechoslovak Catholic.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

Inspiring Madeleine Albright Quotes

“I get up every morning and I’m grateful for everything that has happened. I go through my list about being grateful for my children and grandchildren, and for the really remarkable life that I have been able to have.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“To understand Europe, you have to be a genius – or French.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Don’t make me into this airy-fairy, moralist, idealist because I’m not.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“My deepest regret from my years in public service is the failure of the United States and the international community to act sooner to halt these crimes.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“Our predecessors understood that the ties that bind America are far stronger than disagreements over any particular policy and far more durable and profound than any party affiliation.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).

“I think that we all know what evil is. We have a sense of what’s evil, and certainly killing innocent people is evil. We’re less sure about what is good. There’s sort of good, good enough, could be better – but absolute good is a little harder to define.” ~ (Madeleine Albright).


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