25 Total Quotes

David Ben-Gurion Quotes

If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?
David Ben-Gurion
#Agreement

In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles
David Ben-Gurion
#Israel

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.
David Ben-Gurion
#Quotes #Israel

Thought is a strenuous art -- few practice it, and then only at rare times.
David Ben-Gurion
#Art

Courage is... the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.
David Ben-Gurion
#Courage #Israeli Statesman

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 not to be feared
David Ben-Gurion
#Courage

Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs.
David Ben-Gurion
#Israeli Statesman

Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence
David Ben-Gurion
#Independence

We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.
David Ben-Gurion
#Assassination

Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist.
David Ben-Gurion
#Israeli Statesman #Miracles

would convey a blessing to the Arab people.
David Ben-Gurion
#People

Even if they admit and not all of them do that our immigration brings material blessing to the land, [t]hey say and from the Arab viewpoint I think rightly so `None of your honey and none of your sting.`
David Ben-Gurion
#Land

It is only in Hebrew that you feel the full meaning of it -- all the associations which a different word has.
David Ben-Gurion
#Meaning

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.
David Ben-Gurion
#Courage #Israeli Statesman

If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert.
David Ben-Gurion
#Israeli Statesman

Our policy must be the unity of the human race. The world is divided into two blocs. We consider that the United Nations is a Jewish ideal.
David Ben-Gurion
#Israeli Statesman

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.
David Ben-Gurion
#Israeli Statesman

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

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.
David Ben-Gurion
#Israeli Statesman

Thought is a strenuous art - few practice it, and then only at rare times.
David Ben-Gurion
#Israeli Statesman

Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence.
David Ben-Gurion
#Israeli Statesman