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Top 20 Golda Meir Quotes

Golda Meir Quotes
Golda Meir

Golda Meir was a founder of the State of Israel and served as its fourth prime minister. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, she emigrated to Wisconsin in 1906. Her political activity began as a leader in the Milwaukee Labor Zionist Party.

After emigrating to Palestine in 1921, she held key posts in the Jewish Agency and in the World Zionist Organization. After Israel proclaimed its independence in 1948, she served as minister of labor and then foreign minister. 


Meir was elected prime minister in 1969. During her administration, she worked for a peace settlement in the Middle East using diplomatic means. However, these efforts were interrupted by the outbreak of the fourth Arab- Israeli war. 

She resigned from her post in 1974 but remained an important political figure throughout her retirement. Golda Meir’s true strength and spirit were emphasized when, after her death in 1978, it was revealed that she had suffered from leukemia for twelve years. Here are our Top 20 Golda Meir Quotes for you.


Top 20 Golda Meir Quotes



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

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

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.

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

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I MUST GOVERN THE CLOCK, NOT BE GOVERNED BY IT.

Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!

I have faced difficult problems in the past but nothing like the one I’m faced with now in leading the country.

I don’t know why you use a fancy French word like détente when there’s a good English phrase for it — cold war.

Don’t be humble. You aren’t that great.

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DON'T BE HUMBLE. YOU AREN'T THAT GREAT.

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

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.

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

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

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PESSIMISM IS A LUXURY THAT A JEW CAN NEVER ALLOW HIMSELF.

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

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.

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all of your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world — no ideals.

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THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT IS THE MOST REALISTIC REGIME IN THE WORLD - NO IDEALS.

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

I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.

I have given instructions that I be informed every time one of our soldiers is killed, even if it is in the middle of the night. When President Nasser leaves instructions that he is to be awakened in the middle of the night if an Egyptian soldier is killed, there will be peace.

Fashion is an imposition, a rein on freedom.

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FASHION IS AN IMPOSITION, A REIN ON FREEDOM.

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