Rania Al Abdullah Quotes

quotes and sayings
3 min readJan 30, 2023
  1. Eighty percent of my life is normal like any other mother. I worry about my children, if they’re doing all right. I worry that my husband is doing well. The 20 percent is just the queen aspect that factors in. But for me, it’s life as usual, and it’s just taking care of my family.
  2. Role models can inspire. Campaigns can motivate. But if we want all girls everywhere to rise up, then we must find them, befriend them and support them.
  3. When girls are educated, you get effects that cascade throughout society.
  4. I don’t think people by nature are extremists. You will never find a population of extremists. Extremists have existed throughout the centuries on all religions. And what happens is, extremists start to have more leverage when the situation is bad.
  5. Often times, we think of girls as soft and vulnerable. And we don’t really think of them as possibly being the solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems, but they really are.
  6. Of course democracy is good, but it is a process, not a prescription.
  7. I’m amazed by the misconceptions about Muslim women and the Arab world that I hear, and that really does hurt me.
  8. The United States was an innocent victim after September 11. It had never attacked or occupied Afghanistan. So therefore it had no choice but to go after the aggressors.
  9. I’d rather be dealt with as a person than a persona. With my children, I’m just ‘Mom.’ At the end of the day, the position is just a position, a title is just a title, and those things come and go. It’s really your essence and your values that are important.
  10. When you educate a girl, you kick-start a cycle of success. It makes economic sense. It makes social sense. It makes moral sense. But, it seems, it’s not common sense yet.
  11. At the end of the day, the position is just a position, a title is just a title, and those things come and go. It’s really your essence and your values that are important.
  12. For many, the hijab represents modesty, piety and devotion to God, and I truly respect that. But the hijab should not be used as a means of applying social pressure on people.
  13. Eighty percent of my life is normal like any other mother. I worry about my children, if they’re doing all right. I worry that my husband is doing well.
  14. Of course, I tweet. Tweeting is a very personal form of expression. Who else could talk about my son refusing to wear a suit to meet the Pope, my husband flying a helicopter, or take a twitpic from our home?
  15. The average Jordanian has much in common with the average American in terms of the values that we share, the fact that we all value the family unit, our work ethic.
  16. Being queen is overrated.
  17. I believe that if we want our children to understand the world beyond their classroom, we must bring the world into their classroom.
  18. The protocol things, the officialdom, are part of my work. But it doesn’t take more than 20 percent of my time. The majority of my time I spend on issues that I care about.
  19. In education, technology can be a life-changer, a game changer, for kids who are both in school and out of school. Technology can bring textbooks to life. The Internet can connect students to their peers in other parts of the world. It can bridge the quality gaps.
  20. Children who have an education grow up to lead healthier lives — earn higher income, take better care of their families, contribute to their economies.

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