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Quotes of the day: Golda Meir

Published Sunday, December 08, 2013 @ 12:02 AM EST
Dec 08 2013

(Today is also the birthday of James Thurber)

Golda Meir (May 3, 1898 - December 8, 1978) was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik and politician who became the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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.

Being seventy is not a sin.

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

Even paranoids have real enemies.

Fashion is an imposition, a rein on freedom.

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!

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.

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.

Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.

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.

Those who don't 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.

What person with any sense likes himself? I know myself too well to like myself.

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 the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that.

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

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

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