Golda Meir Quotes

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


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.

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

It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don’t want victories anymore.

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

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

I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.

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!

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

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

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

And a final, Golda Meir once said, “Better a critical editorial than a praiseworthy obituary.”

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