Golda Meir Quotes

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. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

There will be peace in the Middle East only when the Arabs love their children more than they hate Israel.

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.

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.

Don’t be humble… you’re not that great.

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

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

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?

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.

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

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.

It isnt enough to believe in something; you have to have the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them, to struggle.

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!

You can’t improve on saying nothing.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

It is always much easier, I have discovered, to make people cry or gasp than to make them think.

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


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.