David Ben-Gurion
Quotations


After eighty, there are no enemies, only survivors.

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

If the antisemites want to hate, let them hate, and let them go to hell.

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

Israel's economic and cultural progress is due to three things: the pioneering spirit that inspires the best of our immigrant and Israeli youth, who respond to the challenge of our desolute areas and the ingathering of the exiles; the feeling of Diaspora Jewry that they are partners in the enterprise of Israel's resurgence in the ancient homeland of the Jewish people; and the power of science, and technology which Israel unceasingly, and not without success, tries to enhance.

Not the absorption capacity of the land, but the creative ability of a people, is the true yardstick with which we can measure the immigration potentialities of the land.

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.

The State of Israel will prove itself not by material wealth, not by military might or technical achievement, but by its moral character and human values.

We don't consider manual work as a curse, or a bitter necessity, not even as a means of making a living. We consider it as a high human function, as the basis of human life, the most dignified thing in the life of the human being, and which ought to be free, creative. Men ought to be proud of it.

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



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