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My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.

The truth is, I'm proud of the life I've lived so far, and though I've made my share of mistakes, I have no regrets.

The truth is, I'm proud of the life I've lived so far, and though I've made my share of mistakes, I have no regrets.

When you challenge other people's ideas of who or how you should be, they may try to diminish and disgrace you. It can happen in small ways in hidden places, or in big ways on a world stage. You can spend a lifetime resenting the tests, angry about the slights and the injustices. Or, you can rise above it. ---->>>

To build a great company, which is a CEO's job, sometimes you have to stand up against conventional wisdom. ---->>>

This world is clearly emerging before our eyes. The shifts ahead, the opportunities ahead are massive. ---->>>

If someone believes they are limited by their gender, race or background, they will become more limited. ---->>>

People's ideas and fears can make them small but they cannot make you small. People's prejudices can diminish them but they cannot diminish you. Small-minded people can think they determine your worth. But only you can determine your worth. ---->>>

I love being a woman. I like dressing up; I love buying shoes. ---->>>

The truth is in California you can't build a new manufacturing facility, and businesses are leaving in droves because of bad government policy. ---->>>

Quitting law school was the most difficult decision of my life. But I felt this great relief that this is my life and I can do what I want with it. ---->>>

Once I dive in, I dive in all the way. ---->>>

You have to master not only the art of listening to your head, you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut. ---->>>

People who don't fit the mold are treated differently than those who do. ---->>>

If a decision-making process is flawed and dysfunctional, decisions will go awry. ---->>>

Look, I'm a cancer survivor, all right? So I have great personal empathy for people who have pre-existing conditions and can't get insurance. ---->>>

When you lead change, sometimes you get arrows in your back. I mean, that's just the way the real world is. ---->>>

Do not be afraid to make decisions, do not be afraid to make mistakes. ---->>>

I don't give up on commitments until what I've been asked to do is clearly finished. ---->>>

Leadership comes in small acts as well as bold strokes.

Leadership comes in small acts as well as bold strokes.

You take unacceptable risk, you have to be prepared to face the consequence. ---->>>

When men cut jobs, they're seen as decisive. When women do, they're vindictive. ---->>>

A merger is hard to pull off under any circumstances. It's harder when everybody is against you. ---->>>

You know, Californians care about protecting their environment. So do I. But they also care about that in the context of a healthy economy. ---->>>

I'm happy to tell you that having been through surgery and chemotherapy and radiation, breast cancer is officially behind me. I feel absolutely great and I am raring to go. ---->>>

Of course people think Washington is arrogant. It is. ---->>>

I think somehow men understand other men's need for respect differently than they understand it for a woman. I'm disappointed to have to say that, but I think it's undeniably true. ---->>>

There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore. ---->>>

We need more transparency and accountability in government so that people know how their money is being spent. That means putting budgets online, putting legislation online. ---->>>

A leader's most important decisions are about people. Who do you put in which jobs? How long do you leave them in a job? ---->>>

I don't take on a fight just for a fight. I don't tilt at windmills. ---->>>

If values matter in an organisation, you have to be prepared to act consistently. ---->>>

Fiscal policy is not just, or even not even principally, the purview of the president. ---->>>

I mean there are many people who have endorsed me that I agree with on some things and not others. ---->>>

I started out as a receptionist. I typed, I filed, I answered the phones for a little nine-person company. ---->>>

My goodness, my hair's been talked about by a million people, you know? It sort of goes with the territory. ---->>>

What I have said to people is that I've lived the American dream, because I have. ---->>>

You know, I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. ---->>>

A woman's experience is different from a man's in virtually every respect, including how she is treated by the media. ---->>>

I don't think we're going to see the price of oil going down in the near future, that's the reality. ---->>>

I think bolstering free trade is a boon to the dollar. ---->>>

I'm not a professional politician, I'm a problem solver. ---->>>

Very ugly things were said about me. ---->>>

You do not need to have a 2,400-page bill come out of Washington, D.C. ---->>>

You don't create jobs by passing bills, you create jobs by cutting taxes. ---->>>

You know, every family and every business in California knows what it means to go through tough times. ---->>>

I think we ought to ban earmarks. I think we ought to give citizens the opportunity to designate up to 10 percent of their federal income tax toward debt reduction. If we did that, we would reduce our debt by $95 billion a year. ---->>>

A boardroom is a collection of individuals, and individuals have varying motives, egos, agendas and qualifications. Sometimes the dynamics can go off track. ---->>>

I started out typing and filing and answering the phones for a little nine-person firm. And that nine-person firm gave me my chance to find my own way. ---->>>

I felt disconnected from the decisions made in Washington and, to be honest, really didn't think my vote mattered because I didn't have a direct line of sight from my vote to a result. ---->>>

Many people see technology as the problem behind the so-called digital divide. Others see it as the solution. Technology is neither. It must operate in conjunction with business, economic, political and social system. ---->>>

What I think we need to do to engage the American people in a conversation about entitlement reform is to have a bipartisan group of people who come together and put every solution on the table, every alternative on the table. And then we ought to engage in a long conversation with the American people so they understand the choices. ---->>>

When our most important issue is the debt that we're piling on our children and grandchildren, I think it's pretty helpful to have someone in the U.S. Senate who has actually managed billions of dollars and knows how to cut billions of dollars. ---->>>

You know, I believe that technology is the great leveler. Technology permits anybody to play. And in some ways, I think technology - it's not only a great tool for democratization, but it's a great tool for eliminating prejudice and advancing meritocracies. ---->>>

Look, you need technical skills to run a company. ---->>>

Well, I've been a Republican for all of my voting life. ---->>>

I think what's fascinating is how many people are playing in politics who maybe haven't played before. ---->>>

Well I'm not a novelist. I've only written one book and that is a memoir. ---->>>

You know, I'm very proud of the large number of Hispanic endorsements that I've received. ---->>>

I have very eclectic tastes. ---->>>

Californians are worried about whether they will have a job along with ballooning federal spending and deficits. ---->>>

Don't think of yourself as a woman in business. ---->>>

Had anyone told me that I was going to have a career in business, I would have said, 'No way.' ---->>>

I am a conservative and proud of it. ---->>>

I certainly support civil unions. ---->>>

I know why jobs go, and I know why they come. ---->>>

I lost my job in the most public way possible, and the press had a field day with it all over the world. And guess what? I'm still here. ---->>>

I managed Hewlett Packard through the worst technology downturn in 25 years, the dotcom bust. ---->>>

I really believe that all CEO pay should be voted on by shareholders ahead of time. Mine was. ---->>>

I think a strong dollar is the result of policies, but I don't think the strong dollar is in and of itself a policy. ---->>>

I think the dot-com boom and bust represented the end of the beginning. The industry is more mature today. ---->>>

I think when you've been a career politician for 34 years you have to run on your record. ---->>>

I've never thought in terms of 'men do this' and 'women do that.' ---->>>

I've traveled around the world. ---->>>

It's the federal government's job to secure the border. ---->>>

Many people have asked me how I feel about losing my job. ---->>>

Obviously the Senate is a federal office, but to get California's economy moving again we need to do some things in the federal arena. ---->>>

People have decided that career politicians may be part of the problem, not part of the solution. ---->>>

Politics exist in the boardroom, as well. ---->>>

There are Tea Parties, and I would say plural, in California. ---->>>

Well I think money has been going into political campaigns for a very long time. ---->>>

Women are not all single-issue voters. ---->>>

You can find lots of people like you through technology, and women in particular like communities. ---->>>

Any work that's worth doing has its challenges as well as its opportunities. That's true if you're running a business, it's true if you're trying to help on a campaign. ---->>>

I think it would help tremendously to have a senator that knows where jobs come from, that knows how to create them, that knows how to bring them back and, importantly, knows what it means to manage billions of dollars' worth of expenses and cut billions of dollars' worth of expenses. ---->>>

Most of the media... is positioning the merger with Compaq and the recent actions by Walter Hewlett and David Packard as a fight between the past and the future. ---->>>

But ours was intended to be a citizen government. It is what of, by and for the people means. And when our most important issue in California is the creation of jobs, I think it's quite helpful to have someone in the U.S. Senate or in the governor's seat who actually knows where jobs come from. ---->>>

If you have a line of business - I know this as a CEO - or if you have a teenager - I know this as a parent - who have a spending problem, what do you do? You quit giving them money. ---->>>

The GAO just released a report that said 22 percent of federal programs fail to meet their objectives. The truth is we don't know how taxpayer money is spent in Washington, D.C., which is why I think we ought to put every agency budget up on the Internet for everyone to see. ---->>>

Well, first, if I am fortunate enough to be elected to the U.S. Senate, it won't be a party that will have elected me. It will be the people of California. ---->>>

Well, you know, I - again, even in the context of BP, I wonder about this government's priorities. The federal government's top priority right now should be the cleanup. And BP certainly has done so many things wrong. They need to be held to account. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 09-06, 1954
Occupation: Businesswoman

Cara Carleton Fiorina (née Sneed; born September 6, 1954) is an American businessperson and political candidate, known primarily for her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP). Fiorina unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate in 2010 and the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. As Chief Executive Officer of HP from 1999 to 2005, Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Top-20 company as ranked by Fortune Magazine (wikipedia)