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David Ben-Gurion Quotes


The first Prime Minister of Israel.
(1886 - 1973)

Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs.
 

Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist.
 

Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought no to be feared.
[Courage]
 

If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert.
 

In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.
 

Israel has created a new image of the Jew in the world - the image of a working and an intellectual people, of a people that can fight with heroism.
 

Ours is a country built more on people than on territory. The Jews will come from everywhere: from France, from Russia, from America, from Yemen... Their faith is their passport.
 

Suffering makes a people greater, and we have suffered much. We had a message to give the world, but we were overwhelmed, and the message was cut off in the middle. In time there will be millions of us - becoming stronger and stronger - and we will complete the message.
 

The great Jewish scientists and philosophers of the last few generations - Spinoza, Einstein, Freud, Robert Oppenheimer and others - were natives of Europe and America.
 

The past is our very being.
[The Past]
 

There are eleven million Jews in the world. I don't say that all of them will come here, but I expect several million, and with natural increase I can quite imagine a Jewish state of ten million.
 

Thought is a strenuous art - few practice it, and then only at rare times.
 

Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence.