"I didn't run for student council president. I don't see myself in any way in elected office. I love policy. I'm not particularly fond of politics."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Condoleezza Rice on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Condoleezza Rice on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Condoleezza Rice on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Condoleezza Rice on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Condoleezza Rice on Joseph Stalin
"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'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."