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Madeleine Albright Delivers Scripps College Commencement On the World's Greatest Divide

On Saturday, the first female U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright delivered a commencement address to more than 600 people at Scripps College, a liberal arts women's college in California.

Her speech was nothing less than profound and offered a fresh reminder to stay open to new ideas, despite differences in opinion around the world.

"To me, this is the great divide in the world today — not between liberal and conservative, rich and poor, or between any one race or creed and all the others. It is between people who have the courage to listen and those who are convinced that they already know it all."

The trailblazer became the highest-ranking woman in the history of U.S. government when she was appointed as Secretary of State in 1997. She also served as a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations where she made women's issues central to foreign policy.

Here are five inspiring quotes from her address: 

1. "We should always leave a little room in our brains for ideas that we have not thought about before."

2. "The only completely open mind is an empty one."

3. "Truth is a complex topic, but for an educated person it is an inescapable quest."

4. "The key to further education is not to put aside what we think we know, but to employ that knowledge as a platform for learning more."

5. "We should use our opinions to start discussions, not to end them."

See the full transcript of her commencement address here.

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