27 Great Golda Meir Quotes

27 Great Golda Meir Quotes

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Golda Meir was a teacher and politician from Israel. She is most known for being the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. She was in office from 1969 to 1974. During her service she gained the nickname “Iron Lady” due to her strong will and blunt way of talking. She died of lymphoma in 1978 at the age of 80.

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

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

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

“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.”

“Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom.”

“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.”

“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.”

“Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!”

“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.”

“Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re aboard, there’s nothing you can do.”

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

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

“The dog that trots about finds a bone.”

“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.”

“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!”

“Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.”

“To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.”

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

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

“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children.”

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

“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.”

“We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

“Whether women are better than men I cannot say … but i can say they are certainly no worse.”

“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.”

“You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.”