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

— Golda Meir

The most attractive Golda Meir quotes that will add value to your life

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


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...


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


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.


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


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


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 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.


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


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?


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


Once in a Cabinet we had to deal with the fact that there had been an outbreak of assaults on women at night. One minister suggested a curfew; women should stay home after dark. I said, 'But it's the men who are attacking the women. If there's to be a curfew, let the men stay home, not the women.


About Golda Meir

Quotes 92 sayings
Nationality Israeli
Profession Leader
Birthday October 16

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


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


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.


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.


It isnt enough to believe in something;

you have to have the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them, to struggle.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


My dear, old age is like an airplane flying in a storm.

Once you're in it there's nothing you can do. You can't stop a plane, you can't stop a storm, you can't stop time. So you might as well take it easy, with wisdom.


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


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


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


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


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 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.


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


You can't improve on saying nothing.


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.


Any one who speaks in favor of bringing the Arab refugees back must also say how he expects to take the responsibility for it, if he is interested in the state of Israel. It is better that things are stated clearly and plainly: We shall not let this happen.


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


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


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.


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


Whether women are better than men I cannot say, but I can say they are certainly no worse.


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.


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.


Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse.


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


But the individual was not a tool for something.

He was the maker of tools. He was the one who must build. Even for the best purpose it is criminal to turn an individual into simply a means for some ultimate end. A society in which the dignity of the individual is destroyed cannot hope to be a decent society.


Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom.


Zionism and pessimism are not compatible.


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.


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.