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Wise Insights From the Year's Most Fascinating Person

Dec 19 2013 - 12:30pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was named the most fascinating person of 2013 [1] by Barbara Walters. Over the years, Hillary has had plenty of inspiring things to say about life, culture, and politics. She's shared several memorable quotes since hitting on the national scene in 1992 as the successful and outspoken wife of then presidential candidate Bill Clinton.

Hillary has had her ups — like her husband's two election wins, serving in the Senate herself, and now enjoying national and international popularity as the country's top diplomat — and downs, which include a failed attempt to champion universal health care as first lady, her husband's public Monica Lewinsky affair, and her unsuccessful run for president. Thanks to both the highs and lows, she is a resilient national figure, and it's hard not to respect her, even if you don't agree with her politics. To celebrate her 2013 title, let's look at the advice she's given on topics like marriage, accepting criticism, facing failure, and standing up for what you believe in.

When You Receive Criticism . . .

"Take criticism seriously but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you."

Hillary wrote about taking feedback constructively [2] in Living History.

When You Fail at Something . . .

"Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been."

Hillary looked ahead [3] after losing the race for president.

When You're Thinking About Marriage . . .

"Over the years, so many of the barriers that prevented people from getting married, crossing lines of faith or color or ethnicity, have just disappeared. Because what's important is 'Are you making a responsible decision? Have you thought it through? Do you understand the consequences?' And I think in the world that we're in today, we need more of that."

Hillary Clinton shared what she thinks is important for marriage [4].

When It's Time to Forgive . . .

"You can ask yourself, 'What is it that I want to achieve, and be, at the end of this process? Do I want to stay married?' That is why we went into counseling and why we worked at it. I take marriage very seriously, as does my husband. I highly recommend forgiveness."

Hillary opened up about why she decided to stay with Bill [5].

When You Face Discrimination . . .

"To LGBT men and women worldwide, let me say this: wherever you live and whatever the circumstances of your life, whether you are connected to a network of support or feel isolated and vulnerable, please know that you are not alone."

As secretary of state, Hillary gave an impassioned speech on international gay rights [6].

When You Confront Adversity . . .

"Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you're knocked down, get right back up, and never listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on."

Hillary said these inspirational words [7] in her concession speech after losing the presidential nomination to Barack Obama.

When People Don't Take You Seriously . . .

"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not secretary of state; I am. If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband."

Hillary Clinton made it clear she's in charge [8] after becoming secretary of state.

When You're Working Too Hard . . .

"Don't confuse having a career with having a life."

As first lady, Hillary Clinton gave advice [9] during a commencement speech at Howard University.

When You're Feeling Down . . .

"We should remember that just as a positive outlook on life can promote good health, so can everyday acts of kindness."

These wise words were written in Hillary Clinton's autobiography [10].

When You're Making Life Choices . . .

"We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives. That is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family. Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential."

Hillary Clinton wrote about women in her book It Takes a Village [11].

When Your Daughter's Getting Married . . .

"My advice is just enjoy it; enjoy it because it's [the] most extraordinary experience to see your daughter marrying someone who loves her, who wants to take care of her, and you just want to be part of their happiness."

After her daughter wed in 2010, Hillary had some advice for the Middletons [12].

When You're Standing Up For What You Believe In . . .

"Whether I am meant to or not, I challenge assumptions about women. I do make some people uncomfortable, which I'm well aware of, but that's just part of coming to grips with what I believe is still one of the most important pieces of unfinished business in human history — empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves."

Hillary told Vogue what drives her [13].

When You Need a Laugh . . .

"I'm going to be pitching Andy on a new show for Bravo. We can call it Project Pantsuit."

Hillary poked fun at herself during the CFDA Awards [14], joking about her signature style when she presented an award to Oscar de la Renta.

When You Know Your Worth . . .

"When women participate in politics, it ripples out to the entire society. Women are the world's most underused resource."

During a 2013 appearance in Chicago, Hillary addressed women in politics [15].

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