Saturday, February 09, 2013

Quotes of the Day - Condoleezza Rice

In honor of Black History Month, we're featuring quotes from Black conservatives. Today's conservative is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She was the first female African American Secretary of State.

Prior to that, she served Pres. George W. Bush as his National Security Adviser. She served on Pres. George H.W. Bush's National Security Council. She was also a professor of political science at Stanford University where she served as Provost from 1993 to 1999.

"Self esteem comes from achievements. Not from lax standards and false praise."

“You never cede control of your own ability to be successful to something called racism.”

"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."

“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 it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.”

“Education is transformational. It changes lives. That is why people work so hard to become educated and why education has always been the key to the American Dream, the force that erases arbitrary divisions of race and class and culture and unlocks every person's God-given potential.”

“Race is a constant factor in American life. Yet reacting to every incident,real or imagined, is crippling, tiring, and ultimately counterproductive.”

“Prejudice and bigotry are brought the sheer force of determination of individuals to succeed and the refusal of a human being to let prejudice define the parameters of the possible."

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