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Golda Meir (1898 - 1978)

  • You can get used to anything if you have to, even feeling perpetually guilty.
- My Life
  • To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be.
  • How does it feel to be a woman minister? I don't know; I've never been a man minister.
  • Don't be humble. You're not that great.
  • A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
  • Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse.
  • Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.
  • The only alternative to war is peace and the only road to peace is negotiations.
  • You can't improve on saying nothing.
  • I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
- quoted in Oriana Fallaci, L'Europeo
  • It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore.
  • Being seventy is not a sin.
- quoted by David Reed, Reader's Digest, July 1971
  • We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.
  • We don't want wars even when we win.
  • We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon - no alternative.
  • To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.
  • Can we today measure devotion to husband and children by our indifference to everything else?
- The Plough Woman

Albert John Luthuli

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