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To be or not to be is not
by Golda Meir

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

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

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

Being seventy is not a sin.
- Golda Meir

 

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

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

The dog that trots about finds a bone.
- Golda Meir

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Fashion is an imposition, a reign on freedom.
- Golda Meir

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
- 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

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

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

We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon -
no alternative.
- 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 of having found out the secret of this.
- 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 well fight.
- 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 overcome.
- Golda Meir

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

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

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

Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.
- Golda Meir

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

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

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

I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente
when there's a good English phrase for it -
cold war.
- Golda Meir

Glorious bouquets and storms of applause are the trimmings
which every artist naturally enjoys.
- 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 was for it regardless of the possible outcome.
- Golda Meir

Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots
and diffidence falls short.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.
- 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.
- 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; if he is not,
he most illogically kicks up a row.
- 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

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer


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