Independence is never given to a people, it has to be earned; and, once earned, must be defended.

— Chaim Weizmann

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We will establish ourselves in Palestine whether you like it or not.

..You can hasten our arrival or you can equally retard it. It is however better for you to help us so as to avoid our constructive powers being turned into a destructive power which will overthrow the world.


Palestine must be built up without violating the legitimate interests of the Arabs.. Palestine is not Rhodesia... 600,0000 Arabs live there, who before the sense of justice of the world have exactly the same rights to their homes as we have to our National Home.


Now in the light of past and present events the bitter truth must be spoken.

We feared too little and we hoped too much. We underestimated the bestiality of the enemy; we overestimtaed the humanity, the wisdom, the sense of justice of our friends.


The poor ignorant fellah [Arabic for peasant] does not worry about politics, but when he is told repeatedly by people in whom he has confidence that his livelihood is in danger of being taken away from him by us, he becomes our mortal enemy. . . The Arab is primitive and believes what he is told.


Einstein explained his theory to me every day, and on my arrival I was fully convinced that he understood it.


Miracles do happen, but you have to work hard at them.


We are one people despite the ostensible rifts, cracks, and differences between the American and Soviet democracies. We are one people and it is not in our interests that the West should liberate the East, for in doing this and in liberating the enslaved nations, the West would inevitably deprive Jewry of the Eastern half of its world power.


Each country can absorb only a limited number of Jews, if she doesn't want disorders in her stomach. Germany already has too many Jews


Lenin had taken part in Jewish student meetings in Switzerland thirty-five years before.


On one side, the forces of destruction, the forces of the desert, have risen, and on the other hand stand firm the forces of civilization, but we will not be stopped.


As scientists the two men were contrasting types—Einstein all calculation, Rutherford all experiment ... There was no doubt that as an experimenter Rutherford was a genius, one of the greatest. He worked by intuition and everything he touched turned to gold. He had a sixth sense.


The hopes of Europe's six million Jews are centered on emigration.

I was asked, 'Can you bring six million Jews to Palestine?' I replied, 'No'....From the depths of the tragedy I want to save two million young people...The old ones will pass. They will bear their fate or they will not. They were dust, economic and moral dust in a cruel world...Only the branch of the young shall survive...They have to accept it.


About Chaim Weizmann

Quotes 18 sayings
Nationality Israeli
Profession Leader
Birthday October 16

A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey.


There are no English, French, German or American Jews, but only Jews > > >living in England, France, Germany or America.


Einstein ... always spoke to me of Rutherford in the highest terms, calling him a second Newton.


Miracles sometimes occur, but one has to work terribly hard for them.


I head a nation of a million presidents.