A lot of people think international relations is like a game of chess. But it's not a game of chess, where people sit quietly, thinking out their strategy, taking their time between moves. It's more like a game of billiards, with a bunch of balls clustered together.
A skilled diplomat rarely generates extreme reactions.
Armageddon is not a foreign policy.
As a leader, you have to have the ability to assimilate new information and understand that there might be a different view.
Hate, emotionalism, and frustration are not policies.
I hope I'm wrong, but I am afraid that Iraq is going to turn out to be the greatest disaster in American foreign policy- worse than Vietnam, not in the number who died, but in terms of its unintended consequences and its reverberation throughout the region.
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.
I think the administration has really undermined America's power and reputation and that Iraq may go down in history as the greatest disaster in American foreign policy, which means that I think it's worse than Vietnam in its unintended consequences and for our reputation.
I think women are really good at making friends and not good at networking. Men are good at networking and not necessarily making friends. That's a gross generalization, but I think it holds in many ways.
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.
I'm for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below.
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.
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.
In diplomacy, clear-cut wins and losses are rare.
Our collective experience has shown that when women have the power to make their own choices, good things happen.
Our nation's memory is long and our reach is far.
The cover-up, more than the initial wrongdoing, is what is most likely to bring you down.
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 may violate our laws against illicit entry, but if that's all they do then they are trespassers, not criminals. They deserve to have their dignity respected.
There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.
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.
To put it mildly, the world is a mess.
To understand Europe, you have to be a genius- or French.
We live in an image society. Speeches are not what anybody cares about; what they care about is the picture.
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.
What really troubles me is that democracy is getting a bad name because it is identified with imposition and occupation.
What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?
When a politician starts preaching, I tend to react the same way as when a preacher starts talking politics. I become very, very wary.
When asked what she considered the greatest mistake of the George W. Bush administration, interview with Deborah Solomon, New York Times (April 23, 2006).
When we're trying to solve difficult national issues its sometimes necessary to talk to adversaries as well as friends. Historians have a word for this: diplomacy.
While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
Women today are bombarded with so many messages, like we should have Naomi Campbell's body and Madeleine Albright's career.
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