"My mom was a teacher - I have the greatest respect for the profession - we need great teachers - not poor or mediocre ones."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Condoleezza Rice on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Condoleezza Rice on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Condoleezza Rice on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Condoleezza Rice on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Condoleezza Rice on Abraham Lincoln
"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."