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Jewish-Related Quotes

"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." -Golda Meir

"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found." -Calvin Trillin"

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

"Even a secret agent can't lie to a Jewish Mother." -Peter Malkin"

"There will be peace when the Palestinians love their children more than they hate the Jews." -Golda Meir

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me; and if I am for myself only, what am I; and if not now, when? - Hillel"

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

"Even if you are Catholic, if you live in New York you're Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you are going to be goyish even if you are Jewish. - Lenny Bruce"

"We don't thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank G-d we are efficient." -Golda Meir


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

"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." -Golda Meir

"To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man." -Golda Meir

"To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be." -Golda Meir

"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is on a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others." -Golda Meir

"The man of the Cross, who heads the church whose symbol is the Cross, under which Jews were killed for generations. I could not escape the feeling. It stuck with me. And he felt it-that a Jewess was sitting opposite him." -Golda Meir

"Moses dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil." -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 in the Middle East that has no oil!" -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 to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either." -Golda Meir

"It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore." -Golda Meir

"I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively." -Golda Meir

"Don't be humble... you're not that great." -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." -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 problem here." -Golda Meir