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Golda Meir (born Golda Mabovitch; May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978) was an Israeli stateswoman, politician, teacher, and kibbutznik who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.

Born in Kyiv, she emigrated to the United States as a child with her family in 1906, and was educated there, becoming a teacher. After getting married, she and her husband emigrated to then Palestine in 1921, settling on a kibbutz. Meir was elected prime minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. The world's fourth and Israel's first and only woman to hold the office of Prime Minister, and the first in any country in the Middle East, she has been described as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics.

Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion used to call Meir "the best man in the government"; she was often portrayed as the "strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people."Meir resigned as prime minister in 1974, the year following the Yom Kippur War. She died in 1978 of lymphoma.

quote by Golda Meir: Whether women are better than men I cannot say -- but I can say they are certainly no worse. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Whether women are better than men I cannot say -- but I can say they are certainly no worse....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world -- no ideals. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world -- no ideals....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: We only want that which is given naturally to all peoples of the world, to be masters of our own fate, not of others, and in cooperation an… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: We only want that which is given naturally to all peoples of the world, to be masters of our own fat...

We only want that which is given naturally to all peoples of the world, to be masters of our own fate, not of others, and in cooperation and friendship with others.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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 Mid… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order ...

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!

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: There is no such thing as a Palestinian. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: There is no such thing as a Palestinian....

There is no such thing as a Palestinian.

--Golda Meir

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Golda Meir: It is not a sin to be seventy but it is also no joke. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: It is not a sin to be seventy but it is also no joke....

It is not a sin to be seventy but it is also no joke.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Being seventy is not a sin. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Being seventy is not a sin....

Being seventy is not a sin.

--Golda Meir

Longer Version:

Being seventy is not a sin. It's not a joy, either.


quote by Golda Meir: It isnt enough to believe in something; you have to have the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them, to struggle. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: It isnt enough to believe in something; you have to have the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome ...

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively....

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

--Golda Meir

quote by Golda Meir: Men are committing the rapes. Let them be put under curfew. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Men are committing the rapes. Let them be put under curfew....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: I don't want to have a bad influence on anybody, but there's no point in my giving up cigarettes now. I won't die young. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: I don't want to have a bad influence on anybody, but there's no point in my giving up cigarettes now...

I don't want to have a bad influence on anybody, but there's no point in my giving up cigarettes now. I won't die young.

--Golda Meir

quote by Golda Meir: 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, jus… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: I'm sure that someday children in schools will study the history of the men who made war as you stud...

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.

--Golda Meir

quote by Golda Meir: We will not forgive you for making us kill your sons. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: We will not forgive you for making us kill your sons....

We will not forgive you for making us kill your sons.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: The world hates a Jew who hits back. The world loves us only when we are to be pitied. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: The world hates a Jew who hits back. The world loves us only when we are to be pitied....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: The British went on fighting like lions against the Germans, the Italians, and the Japanese, but they couldn't or wouldn't stand up to the … with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: The British went on fighting like lions against the Germans, the Italians, and the Japanese, but the...

The British went on fighting like lions against the Germans, the Italians, and the Japanese, but they couldn't or wouldn't stand up to the Arabs at all -- though much of the Arab world was openly pro-Nazi.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: There is no Zionism except the rescue of Jews. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: There is no Zionism except the rescue of Jews....

There is no Zionism except the rescue of Jews.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed....

There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: I'm a slave to this leaf in a diary that lists what I must do, what I must say, every half hour. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: I'm a slave to this leaf in a diary that lists what I must do, what I must say, every half hour....

I'm a slave to this leaf in a diary that lists what I must do, what I must say, every half hour.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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 … with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: I want to say to you, friends, that the Jewish community in Palestine is going to fight to the very ...

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.

--Golda Meir

quote by Golda Meir: If only political leaders would allow themselves to feel, as well as to think, the world might be a happier place. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: If only political leaders would allow themselves to feel, as well as to think, the world might be a ...

If only political leaders would allow themselves to feel, as well as to think, the world might be a happier place.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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. Ther… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Don't become cynical. Don't give up hope. Don't believe that everything is judged only by expediency...

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.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: By the way, did you ever realize that if Moses would have turned right instead of left, we'd have ha...

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?

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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 int… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Any one who speaks in favor of bringing the Arab refugees back must also say how he expects to take ...

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.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Zionism and pessimism are not compatible. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Zionism and pessimism are not compatible....

Zionism and pessimism are not compatible.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided -- not half and half, not 60-40, not 75-25, nothing. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided -- not half and half, no...

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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 unleash… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you've left...

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.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life....

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

--Golda Meir

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Golda Meir: The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with. with background image:

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself....

Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Men who have reached and passed forty-five, have a look as if waiting for the secret of the other wo...

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.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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 … with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the s...

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.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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 wa… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I ...

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.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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; … with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blam...

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.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: We don't thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: We don't thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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 proble… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors...

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.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon -- no alternative. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon -- no alternative....

We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon -- no alternative.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to o… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resourc...

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.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom....

Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: As President Nixon says, presidents can do almost anything, and President Nixon has done many things that nobody would have thought of doin… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: As President Nixon says, presidents can do almost anything, and President Nixon has done many things...

As President Nixon says, presidents can do almost anything, and President Nixon has done many things that nobody would have thought of doing.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Don't be humble... you're not that great. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Don't be humble... you're not that great....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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 … with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the deser...

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!

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity....

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: It's no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? Those who don't know how… with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: It's no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well,...

It's no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries ...

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

--Golda Meir
quote by Golda Meir: 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. with background image: photo of author Golda Meir with quote: There's no difference between one's killing and making decisions that will send others to kill. It's...

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.

--Golda Meir

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