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    golda meir Quotes

    We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon - no alternative.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: secret  war 
     
    It's no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: heart 
     
    Even paranoids have real enemies.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: enemies  enemy  real 
     
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: men  doubt  praise  instinct 
     
    Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: authority 
     
    You can get used to anything if you have to, even feeling perpetually guilty.
    — Golda Meir
    Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
    — Golda Meir
    The only way to eliminate war is to love our children more than we hate our enemies.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: children  enemies  hate  child  enemy  war 
     
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: believe  right 
     
    One of the first sights that shocked me, when I came to Israel in 1921, was an Arab turning over a field with a very primitive plow; pulling the plow were an ox and a woman. Now, if it means that we have destroyed this romantic picture by bringing in tractors, combines, and threshing machines, this is true: we have.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: women  romantic  machine 
     
    It isnt enough to believe in something; you have to have the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them, to struggle.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: believe  struggle 
     
    We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: victory 
     
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: choice  bad 
     
    It is not only a matter, I believe, of religious observance and practice. To me, being Jewish means and has always meant being proud to be part of a people that has maintained its distinct identity for more than 2,000 years, with all the pain and torment that has been inflicted upon it
    — Golda Meir
    We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: secret  struggle 
     
    The world hates a Jew who hits back. The world loves us only when we are to be pitied.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: world  hate 
     
    One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: past  present 
     
    The only alternative to war is peace and the only road to peace is negotiations.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: peace  war 
     
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: world  believe  human  hope 
     
    Don't be humble... you're not that great.
    — Golda Meir
    It isn't really important to decide when you are very young just exactly what you want to become when you grow up. It is much more important to decide on the way you want to live. If you are going to be honest with yourself and honest with your friends, if you are going to get involved in causes which are good for others, not only for yourselves, then it seems to me that that is sufficient, and maybe what you will be is only a matter of chance.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: chance  live  friends  young 
     
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: people 
     
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: god 
     
    We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: children  peace  hate  child 
     
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: problem  worries 
     
    Israel itself is the strongest guarantee against another Holocaust.
    — Golda Meir
    I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: alone 
     
    Zionism and pessimism are not compatible.
    — Golda Meir
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: young  giving  influence  bad  die 
     
    To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: men  women  job  successful 
     
    A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: battle  leader 
     
    Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: age 
     
    I want to say to you, friends, that the Jewish community in Palestine is going to fight to the very end. If we have arms to fight with, we will fight with those, and if not, we will fight with stones in our hands.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: friends  community  fight 
     
    To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: questions 
     
    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.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: people 
     
    You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: adversity 
     
    We don't thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: god  military 
     
    I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
    — Golda Meir
    Those that perished in Hitler's gas chambers were the last Jews to die without standing up to defend themselves.
    — Golda Meir
    tags: die 
     
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