"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."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Condoleezza Rice on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Condoleezza Rice on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Condoleezza Rice on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Condoleezza Rice on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Condoleezza Rice on Winston Churchill
"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."
"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."
"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."