Quotes by Israeli authors


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"Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do"
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"Being seventy is not a sin"
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"I must govern the clock, not be governed by it"
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"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"
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"Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself"
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"I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively"
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"I must govern the clock, not be governed by it"
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"Glorious bouquets and storms of applause are the trimmings which every artist naturally enjoys"
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"A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader"
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"To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be"
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"Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either"
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"Being seventy is not a sin"
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"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"
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"We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon - no alternative"
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"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"
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"One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present"
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"It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore"
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"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"
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"Don't be humble... you're not that great"
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"The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world - no ideals"
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"The dog that trots about finds a bone"
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"I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente when there's a good English phrase for it - cold war"
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"We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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!"
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