Hillary Clinton

(Hillary Rodham Clinton | HRC)

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
  • Born: October 26, 1947
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer, and public speaker. She served as the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, and as the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

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[Advocating health care reform:] We've got to remove the incentive for people on welfare to stay on welfare because that's the only way they'll get health care. Welfare
[As the minority] you vote for the legislation that’s presented to you. That’s sometimes a very difficult choice to make. Legislating & Legislative Process
… take the Constitution out of cold storage! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… the intersection of ideology and incompetence. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A new democracy cannot be built on the persecution of women. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Achieving balance in our trade relationships requires a two-way commitment. That is the nature of balance—it can’t be unilaterally imposed. Foreign Trade
American women don't need to be lectured about values by men in Washington. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Around the world, elites are making money. There are rich people everywhere! And they don’t contribute much to the development of their own countries. Business, Commerce & Finance
As I speak to you today, government censors somewhere are working furiously to erase my words from the records of history. But history itself has already condemned these tactics. History ;Government
Avoid false choices driven by ideology. Policy & Policy Making ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Bernie, my boyfriend Bill Clinton, is going to be President of the United States. Miscellaneous
Citizens will be disenfranchised by the law instead of served by it, and that historical progress toward a more perfect union will go backwards instead of forward. Voters, Voting & Elections
Countries that censor news and information must recognize that from an economic standpoint, there is no distinction between censoring political speech and commercial speech. If businesses in your nations are denied access to either type of information, it will inevitably impact on growth. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Social Sciences
Data not only measures progress—it inspires it. Once you start measuring problems, people are more inclined to take action to fix them, because nobody wants to end up at the bottom of a list of rankings. Management & Managing Government
Every intelligence agency has contacts with unsavory characters. I don’t think you would get any denial from … the CIA that people in their … organization have contacts with members of groups that have different agendas from the government. But that doesn’t mean that that they are being directed or being approved or otherwise given a seal of approval. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Every moment wasted looking back prevents us from moving forward. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every time somebody ends up in a hospital because of a condition that is, we believe, caused by behaviors that they have been willing to pursue, you and I help pay for their care. So we need to try to put some focus on individual responsibility. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Everybody has some dysfunction in their families. Families, Children & Parenting
Everything!
Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Globilization is here to stay. Foreign Trade
He [her husband] asks me for advice and doesn't take it as much as he does. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Here in Washington ruining people is considered sport Miscellaneous
I am not running for president in order to put Band-Aids on our problems. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I believe that it is critical for this country to have a zone of privacy —– for everyone,
I can’t stand it anymore. I can’t stand what’s happening to this country. Miscellaneous
I did go to 112 countries. I was on the airplane for so many days and I didn’t have time to worry about my hair. Public Relations & Image
I have always believed in a zone of privacy, but I guess I have been rezoned. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I have always believed in a zone of privacy. But I guess I have been rezoned. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I have supported parental notice so long as there is some kind of bypass protection, because insofar as possible, we respect and honor the family. It would be better in most cases if the family could support a young girl's decision either to bear her child, or seek an abortion. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I know that we can pay for it because we are going to make the millionaires pay for it. Taxes
I learned some valuable lessons about the legislative process, the importance of bipartisan cooperation and the wisdom of taking small steps to get a big job done. Legislating & Legislative Process
I’m too hard-headed; nobody will ever vote for me. I’ll find another way to serve. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’m very outcomes-oriented—what’s the best way to get there? Sometimes it’s being diplomatic and sometimes it’s being harsh…. So you just have to calibrate and figure out what is the end state you’re trying to get to…. It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If I didn’t kick his [Bill Clinton’s] ass every morning, he’d never amount to anything Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If the election had been held on October 27, I would be your President. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If we can blast a woman into space, we can launch a woman into the White House. Minorities & Women
If you don’t want our aid, you don’t have to take it. Foreign Aid
If you don’t want our aid, you don’t have to take it. Foreign Aid
It does take courage to be in public life. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
It has crossed my mind that you cannot be a Christian and a Republican. Liberals & Conservatives
It is not only a moral imperative that we cover everybody (with insured heath care), it has become an economic necessity. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
It is time to put policy ahead of politics and success ahead of the status quo. Policy & Policy Making
It Takes A Village Families, Children & Parenting
It will be in the long-term interests of the Middle East for Palestine to be a state. States. Nations & Nationhood
Leaders alone can rarely make peace. They have to bring people along. War & Peace
Leadership requires a blend of strategy, persuasion, inspiration and motivation. It is based on respect more than fear. Leaders & Leadership
Let us be willing to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being in the 20th century, moving into a new millennium. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Let’s end President Bush’s war on science—muzzling the scientists and taking information off websites. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Mistrust and misunderstanding are the major obstacles for people getting together . Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Most people who run for political office have another job. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Nobody works harder than American workers. We are the hardest working people in the world. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Of course there's always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment. But it's never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. Democracies & Republics ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is the art of making wha appearts to be impossible possible. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Racists now call themselves racialists. White supremacists now call themselves white nationalists. The paranoid fringe now calls itself alt-right. But the hate burns just as bright. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Somehow economic growth and prosperity, political democracy and freedom are not enough—that we lack at some core level of meaning in our individual lives and meaning collectively, that sense that our lives are part of some greater effort, that we are connected to one another, that community means that we have a place where we belong no matter who we are. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Take press coverage seriously but not personally Media, Journalism & The Press
The history of women has been a history of silence. History
The last thing you want is to have to make a decision for political purposes. Legislating & Legislative Process
The power of the arts is not simply to provide pleasant esthetics but to help move us forward as a democracy. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The press are scum. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The unfettered free market has been the most radically disruptive force in American life in the last generation. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The wealthy and the connected have had a President for the last seven years. It’s about time that the rest of us had a President also. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There are no acceptable limits and no acceptable prejudices in the 21st century. Minorities & Women
There are people and interests that do not want change. It is not in their interest for this system to change. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
There is a difference between giving up privacy under the rule of law, and giving it up by executive fiat. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
There is a movement to make Washington an evidence-free zone …. There are major forces working to undermine science in our country. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
There is something wrong when we had more bankruptcies last year than college graduates. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
There will only be gridlock if the people you elect to office don’t want to help you.
To all the little girls watching, never forget you are valuable, powerful and deserving of every opportunity in the world. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Washington DC has become an evidence-free zone. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We are a country that does better when we do debate and air our differences. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We are safer when communities respect the police and the police respect the communities. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We are the force for progress, prosperity, and peace. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We are using the criminal justice system to try and achieve political ends in this country …. It is part of a vast right wing conspiracy. Miscellaneous
We cannot continue our leadership in the world as the largest debtor nation the world has ever known. Bureaucracy ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have not addressed the effects of global economics where we are the only free traders in town. Foreign Trade
We have to live with the world that we helped to create. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have to take the world as we find it and do what we can to improve upon it. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
We still have not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We’d better get Bin Laden. The failure to get Bib Laden fuels Moslem fundamentalism and serves as a recruiting tool for our enemies. Terrorism
We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We’ve got to do a better job of conveying our philosophy and ideas to people around the world … Miscellaneous
When you are attacked, you have to deck your opponent. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Women’s rights are human rights. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Would America ever elect a woman President? We won’t know until we try. Minorities & Women
You can’t just wave a magic want and have the special interests disappear …. I have the scars to prove it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You have to be a little bit crazy to run for the office of President…. It’s a job that you have to be totally consumed with, and that itself is somewhat crazy.. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You have to negotiate with people who don’t trust you and vica versa. You have to be very careful but you can’t be paralyzed. Negotiating & Negotiations
You sold out, you motherfucker, you sold out! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Both the American people and nations that censor the internet should understand that our government is committed to helping promote internet freedom. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
Dignity does not come from avenging insults, especially from violence that can never be justified. It comes from taking responsibility and advancing our common humanity.
Everybody feels they have been trespassed upon, and nearly everybody has trespassed on somebody else, maybe not intentionally.
Extremism thrives amid ignorance and anger, intimidation and cowardice.
Forgiveness is a way of opening up the doors again and moving forward, whether it's a personal life or a national life. Life
Gay rights are human rights.
Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle.
Hard men present hard choices - none more so than Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.
Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights. Women
I also believe that we have an extraordinary opportunity for the United States and European Union to lead the world in developing and implementing new and more efficient technologies - smart electrical grids and electrical vehicles.
I always supported the women I worked with having time off to go to parent-teacher conferences and doctors' appointments or bringing their infants into the office. Time ;Women
I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigration.
I believe in delegating power. Power
I believe in transparency.
I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century. Women ;Business, Commerce & Finance
I can't stand whining.
I don't have any comment on who the people of Russia choose to be their leaders.
I don't think feminism, as I understand the definition, implies the rejection of maternal values, nurturing children, caring about the men in your life. That is just nonsense to me. Life
I don't think it's at all weakening of the system if people with the same last name put themselves forward to the electorate, when their experiences, their character, and in my case, gender, may be different.
I feel very blessed to have a partner in life who supports me, who is enthusiastic about what I want to do, who has been a great father, and who will be a fabulous grandfather. Life
I feel very lucky because of my parents and then my education, the opportunities that I've had, so I would like to continue working to improve lives for others. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I fought all my life for women to make their own choices, in their personal and professional lives. I made mine. Life ;Women
I have a lot of stamina and I have a lot of resilience.
I have known several presidents quite well, including my husband, and I worked closely with President George W. Bush and the White House then after 9/11, and I served with President Obama. I disagree with all three of those presidents on certain things.
I have to defend my husband.
I like live audiences, with real people - virtual reality is no substitute.
I mean, honestly, we have to be clear that the life for many Afghan women is not that much different than it was a hundred years ago, 200 years ago. The country has lived with so much violence and conflict that many people, men and women, just want it to be over. Life ;Women
I represented Wall Street, as a senator from New York, and I went to Wall Street in December of 2007 - before the big crash that we had - I basically said, 'Cut it out! Quit foreclosing on homes! Quit engaging in these kinds of speculative behaviors.'
I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.
I think that you can disagree with people and debate over their positions with issues without engaging in the politics of personal destruction. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think the world would be a lot better off if more people were to define themselves in terms of their own standards and values and not what other people said or thought about them.
I think we have to face the reality that in a society where there is a legitimate threat of terrorism, not being able to see one's face, not being able to have some sense of communication in that way, is for many societies a challenge. Society
I used to sit on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue and wonder why the Senate was always going into recess, until in my first year I realized how intense the pressure was.
I will not comment on or confirm what are alleged to be stolen State Department cables. But I can say that the United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential, including private discussions between counterparts or our diplomats' personal assessments and observations.
I will read anything by Laura Hillenbrand, Walter Isaacson, Barbara Kingsolver, John le Carre, John Grisham, Hilary Mantel, Toni Morrison, Anna Quindlen and Alice Walker.
I, for one, respect those who believe with all their hearts and conscience that there are no circumstances under which any abortion should ever be available. Respect
If a country doesn't recognize minority rights and human rights, including women's rights, you will not have the kind of stability and prosperity that is possible. Women
If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle. Humor
If you get so unequal that people believe they don't have a chance, that the field isn't level for them and their children, that puts democracy at risk.
If you're not comfortable with public speaking - and nobody starts out comfortable; you have to learn how to be comfortable - practice. I cannot overstate the importance of practicing. Get some close friends or family members to help evaluate you, or somebody at work that you trust. Trust ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm too old to be a yuppie.
I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair. Humor
In almost every profession - whether it's law or journalism, finance or medicine or academia or running a small business - people rely on confidential communications to do their jobs. We count on the space of trust that confidentiality provides. When someone breaches that trust, we are all worse off for it. Trust ;Business, Commerce & Finance
In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I'm keeping a chart.
In too many instances, the march to globalization has also meant the marginalization of women and girls. And that must change. Women
It is a fact that around the world the elites of every country are making money. Money, Coins & Minting
It is often when night looks darkest, it is often before the fever breaks that one senses the gathering momentum for change, when one feels that resurrection of hope in the midst of despair and apathy. Hope
It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children's and grandchildren's fates, are decided. Time ;Women
I've never understood the division between so-called realists and so-called idealists.
Let's continue to stand up for those who are vulnerable to being left out or marginalized.
Let's not leave an educational vacuum to be filled by religious extremists who go to families who have no other option and offer meals, housing and some form of education. If we are going to combat extremism then we must educate those very same children. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Many of you are well enough off that the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.
My feeling is if you're going to be a leader, you have to carefully assess where people are and where people want to go.
My overall goal is to level the playing field for American businesses.
My two secrets to staying healthy: wash your hands all the time. And, if you can't, use Purell or one of the sanitizers. And the other is hot peppers. I eat a lot of hot peppers. I for some reason started doing that in 1992, and I swear by it. Time
My wish for the new millennium is for all children... to grow up wiser, and stronger and more prosperous for the future than ever before. Future
No matter what you think about the Iraq war, there is one thing we can all agree on for the next days - we have to salute the courage and bravery of those who are risking their lives to vote and those brave Iraqi and American soldiers fighting to protect their right to vote. War & Peace
Now, I have always believed that women are not victims; we are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace - all we need is a fighting chance. Women ;War & Peace
Often times when you face such an overwhelming challenge as global climate change, it can be somewhat daunting - it's kind of like trying to lose weight, which I know something about.
One of my goals upon becoming Secretary of State was to take diplomacy out of capitals, out of government offices, into the media, into the streets of countries. Government
People can judge me for what I've done. And I think when somebody's out in the public eye, that's what they do. So I'm fully comfortable with who I am, what I stand for, and what I've always stood for.
People have to stop employing illegal immigrants.
Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right.
Remember, the IDF, the Israeli Defense Forces, have a working relationship with the Palestinian Authority security forces, which have been incredibly professional.
Showing up is not all of life - but it counts for a lot. Life
The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not.
The candidates we have in this campaign are... the most accomplished, in terms of public service, that we've had since 1960. One of them will be successful.
The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future. Future
The First Lady role is really difficult. It has no job description... You have to create it for yourself.
The first lesson I've learned is that no matter what you do in your life, you have to figure out your own internal rhythms - I mean, what works for you doesn't necessarily work for your friend. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The need for peace in Northern Ireland goes well beyond political stability. It now speaks to regional Europe and even global stability. War & Peace
The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. It puts people's lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The United States, obviously, has a great interest in helping to maintain peace and security in Europe, and we have a formal alliance, NATO, to do so. War & Peace
The worst thing that can happen in a democracy - as well as in an individual's life - is to become cynical about the future and lose hope. Life ;Future ;Hope
There are 4 billion cell phones in use today. Many of them are in the hands of market vendors, rickshaw drivers, and others who've historically lacked access to education and opportunity. Information networks have become a great leveler, and we should use them together to help lift people out of poverty and give them a freedom from want. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Freedom & Liberty
There are rich people everywhere, and yet they don't contribute to the growth of their countries.
There is a sense that things, if you keep positive and optimistic about what can be done, do work out. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is no doubt that America remains the premier political, economic, military power in the world, and I both expect and count on it remaining so, because I think that's certainly in our best interest but also the best interests of the world. Power
There is no formula that I'm aware of for being a successful or fulfilled woman today.
There's a certain consistency to who I am and what I do, and I think people have finally said, 'Well, you know, I kinda get her now.' I've actually had people say that to me.
There's a difference between fair game and playing games.
Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.
We are still living with a double standard. I know it. Every woman I know knows it, whether you're in the media as a woman, or you're in the professions or business or politics. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We can't go to people who have lost their job at GM and say, 'Oh, by the way, we are going to pay money to build a road here or inoculate children there,' unless we can demonstrate that it is in America's interest. I happen to think it is. Money, Coins & Minting
We don't have enough support for maternal leave and the kinds of things that some of the European countries do. So we still make it hard on women to go into the work force and feel that they can be good at work but then doing the most important job, which is raising your children in a responsible and positive way. Women ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society. Society
We need more good jobs that reward hard work with rising wages, dignity, and a ladder to a better life. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We'll hold out our hand; they have to unclench their fist.
Well I think in a marriage you have to be honest and ask yourself, you know, what is my role? What is my responsibility? Families, Children & Parenting
We're always going to argue about abortion. It's a hard choice and it's controversial, and that's why I'm pro-choice, because I want people to make their own choices.
What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.
When a new president comes in, a new president gets to clean house.
When does life start? When does it end? Who makes these decisions?... Every day, in hospitals and homes and hospices... people are struggling with those profound issues. Life
When I was younger and women first started to get in public positions, in my case the law, we went through a period where we wore those little ribbon ties, little bows. We tried to figure out what was our appropriate dress. Women
When it comes to the Middle East, this is always a very difficult issue for any American president.
When my hair was shorter, I used to get it done every couple of days... but I got tired of that.
When women participate in peace-making and peace-keeping, we are all safer and more secure. Women
When you have armed militants, aided and abetted by a major country like Russia, able to use surface-to-air missiles to bring down a commercial airline, that is a form of terrorism.
Whether a woman's running for office or she's supporting her husband who's running for office and she gets criticised for wearing open-toed shoes or for the colour of her coat, there's just a lot of history that you bear if you are a woman who puts herself out in the political arena. History
Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. Women
Women standing up for each other is critically important. Women
You can go into neighborhoods in the United States where people dress a certain way because they don't want to be out of touch, where boys wear pants down to their knees, which nobody has compelled them to do but they pick up the cultural norms, or where girls are improperly dressed by my eyes, but that's what they see in the media.
You can look at what I did in the Senate. I did introduce legislation to rein in compensation. I looked at ways that the shareholders would have more control over what was going on in that arena. And specifically said to Wall Street, that what they were doing in the mortgage market was bringing our country down.
You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
You don't walk away if you love someone. You help the person. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You feel sometimes when you hear analysts and knowledgeable people talking about Iran that they fear so much about the survival of the regime, because deep down it's not a legitimate regime, it doesn't represent the will of the people, it's kind of morphed into kind of a military theocracy.
You have to be true to yourself.
You have to test your ideas in a public forum.
You know, everybody has setbacks in their life, and everybody falls short of whatever goals they might set for themselves. That's part of living and coming to terms with who you are as a person. Life
You know, I think of the global economy as an inverted triangle, resting on the shoulders of the American consumer. And if the American consumer cannot have enough disposable income in order to maintain a standard of living that creates more opportunities generation after generation, that's bad for everybody.
You know, my view is that we have a big world out there.
You show people what you're willing to fight for when you fight your friends.