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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. "
" Hamas is a little more than an enemy of the United States. Hamas, of course, is a terrorist organization - listed by Europeans as a terrorist organization. "
" We're in a new world. We're in a world in which the possibility of terrorism, married up with technology, could make us very, very sorry that we didn't act. "
" After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful political and economic experiment in human history. "
" We can't afford to leave Afghanistan to the Taliban and the terrorists. "
" What you know today can affect what you do tomorrow. But what you know today cannot affect what you did yesterday. "
" It is high time that the international community tell Saddam Hussein and his regime that this is not an issue of negotiation with the U.N. about obligations that they undertook in 1991. "
" I'm a very happy university professor... the best thing about being a university professor is that you see young people as they're being shaped and molded toward their own future, and you have a chance to be a part of that. "
" The idea the president of the United States was warned that Al-Qaeda was going to attack the United States and did nothing about it - really? Do you think any president of the United States, if he had even an inkling there was going to be an attack, they wouldn't have moved heaven and earth to try to stop it? "
" I remember, when I was 6 years old, we were having an event at school where different dolls were on display. I said that the tallest doll needed to be on the end, and my little friend said to me, 'Oh, you're just so bossy.' I remember thinking that wasn't a good thing. But I kept insisting the doll had to be on the end anyway. "
" When people don't have a hopeful vision before them or the possible resolution of their difficulties by peaceful means, then they can be attracted to violence and to separatism. "
" 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. "
" My mom was a teacher - I have the greatest respect for the profession - we need great teachers - not poor or mediocre ones. "
" If I'd been a better long-term planner, I'd still be in music, as a musician someplace. So I'll take it one step at a time. "
" Today's headlines and history's judgment are rarely the same. "
" When you're doing collaborative music, the relationship that forms is a very bonding kind of experience. "
" People notice if you are black. People notice if you are female. We are certainly not either colorblind or gender-blind in this country, so I'm not suggesting that it isn't a factor. But I think in the final analysis, people will take a look at the positions, and they'll take a look at the issues. "
" The people of the Middle East share the desire for freedom. We have an opportunity - and an obligation - to help them turn this desire into reality. "
" We are not race blind. Of course we still have racial tensions in this country. But the United States of America has made enormous progress in race relations, and it is still the best place on Earth to be a minority. "
" I got the chance to be the secretary of state; I'm an international relations specialist. It doesn't get better than that. "
" I am very fond of Jeb Bush. He's a friend; he was a terrific governor of Florida. I worked with him on some immigration and education issues. "
" 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. "
" That was a sin: to consider yourself victimized or not able to control your destiny or your fate - that was the one cardinal sin in our community. "
" Success is not assured, but America is resolute: this is the best chance for peace we are likely to see for some years to come - and we are acting to help Israelis and Palestinians seize this chance. "
" What the United States has done is to be open to people who are fleeing tyranny, who are fleeing danger, but we have done it in a very careful way that has worked for us. "
" We will continue to work together in our common fight against terror. "
" I'm quite content to spend my life helping young people find themselves. I've had my fill of politics. "
" People have the right to protest - that's what democracy is all about. I have no problem with people exercising their democratic rights. "
" We are at war, and our security as a nation depends on winning that war. "
" You aren't going to be successful as a diplomat if you don't understand the strategic context in which you are actually negotiating. It is not deal making. It's not. "
" I've found that in places where women have not really been afforded full rights yet - for instance, in the Middle East - even very conservative politicians in the region will say, 'You know, my daughter would really like to meet you,' or, 'Would you send a note to my granddaughter?' "