"We've been a country that's been fortunate to be protected by two oceans, to not have serious attacks on our territory for most of our history. And we were unfortunately reminded in a very devastating way of our vulnerability."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Condoleezza Rice on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Condoleezza Rice on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Condoleezza Rice on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Condoleezza Rice on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Condoleezza Rice on Thomas Jefferson
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 know that there are unaccounted-for Scud and other ballistic missiles in Iraq. And part of the problem is that, since 1998, there has been no way to even get minimal information about those programs except through intelligence means."
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