Golda Meir Quotes


Glorious bouquets and storms of applause are the trimmings which every artist naturally enjoys.

We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go.

There will be peace in the Middle East only when the Arabs love their children more than they hate Israel.

By the way did you ever realize that if Moses would have turned right instead of left we'd have had the oil the Arabs would have had the sand?

Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided-not half and half not 60-40 not 75-25 nothing.

I'm sure that someday children in schools will study the history of the men who made war as you study an absurdity. They'll be shocked just as today we're shocked with cannibalism.

I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.

This country exists as the fulfillment of a promise made by God Himself. It would be ridiculous to ask it to account for its legitimacy.

There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied he says nothing; if he is not he most illogically kicks up a row.

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

the modern woman asks herself: Is there something wrong with me if my children don't fill up my life?

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.

The dog that trots about finds a bone.

You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.

Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard there's nothing you can do.

We don't thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to and thank God we are efficient.

We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon - no alternative.

The only alternative to war is peace and the only road to peace is negotiations.

It is not a sin to be seventy but it is also no joke.

Women's liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one is likely to do anything about that.

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.

The deserts of the Middle East are in need of water not bombers.

We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.

... from Russia I didn't bring out a single happy memory only sad tragic ones. The nightmare of pogroms the brutality of Cossacks charging young Socialists fear shrieks of terror ...

Don't become cynical. Don't give up hope. Don't believe that everything is judged only by expediency. There is idealism in this world. There is human brotherhood.

Don't be humble... you're not that great.

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.

The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world - no ideals.

To be successful a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.

A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.

...I'm a slave to this leaf in a diary that lists what I must do what I must say every half hour.

Above all this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.

I don't want to have a bad influence on anybody but there's no point in my giving up cigarettes now. I won't die young.

If we have to have a choice between being dead and pitied and being alive with a bad image we'd rather be alive and have the bad image.

Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.

Being seventy is not a sin.

There is only one thing I hope to see before I die and that is that my people should not need expressions of sympathy anymore.

One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.

Those that perished in Hitler's gas chambers were the last Jews to die without standing up to defend themselves.

The only way to eliminate war is to love our children more than we hate our enemies.

Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values.

I must govern the clock not be governed by it.

I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente when there's a good English phrase for it - cold war.

Men are committing the rapes. Let them be put under curfew.

Zionism and pessimism are not compatible.

To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be.

We only want that which is given naturally to all peoples of the world to be masters of our own fate not of others and in cooperation and friendship with others.

It is always much easier I have discovered to make people cry or gasp than to make them think.

Moses dragged us through the desert to the one place in the Middle East where there is no oil.

Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!

There's no difference between one's killing and making decisions that will send others to kill. It's exactly the same thing or even worse.

Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.

Can we today measure devotion to husband and children by our indifference to everything else?

We don't want wars even when we win.

We say peace and the echo comes back from the other side war. We dont want wars even when we win.

There was no such thing as Palestinians they never existed.

Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.

The Egyptians could run to Egypt the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea and before we did that we might as well fight.

Being seventy is not a sin. It's not a joy either.

Men who have reached and passed forty-five have a look as if waiting for the secret of the other world and as if they were perfectly sure of having found out the secret of this

We will not forgive you for making us kill your sons.

You can get used to anything if you have to even feeling perpetually guilty.

Fashion is an imposition a reign on freedom.

Israel itself is the strongest guarantee against another Holocaust.

If only political leaders would allow themselves to feel as well as to think the world might be a happier place.

The world hates a Jew who hits back. The world loves us only when we are to be pitied.

You can't improve on saying nothing.

We can forgive you for killing our children but we can never forgive you for making us kill your children.

How does it feel to be a woman minister? I don't know; I've never been a man minister.

There is no such thing as a Palestinian people... It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn't exist.

As President Nixon says presidents can do almost anything and President Nixon has done many things that nobody would have thought of doing.

How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to.

It isnt enough to believe in something; you have to have the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them to struggle.

Anybody who believes in something without reservation believes that this thing is right and should be has the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them.

There is no such thing as a Palestinian.

At work you think of the children you have left at home. At home you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent.

Show me a sensible person who likes himself or herself! I know myself too well to like what I see. I know but too well that I'm not what I'd like to be.

I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.

It is true we have won all our wars but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore.