David Ben-Gurion, in his own words

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.


In the 63 years since its Independence, Israel has had 12 different Prime Ministers. Four of them, including the present incumbent, served 2 terms. History will judge success or failure according to their actions. But there is another way in which they will be remembered. Their words of wit or wisdom.  Were they so memorable as to be ingrained forever in the minds of men?  (Just an expression – women included, of course).

To view selected quotations from all 12 Prime Ministers click on this link:


Here is one example to whet your appetite.

David Ben Gurion ( 1948-1954 and 1955-1963).

David Ben Gurion, Israel's Prime Minister and ...

"The old man"

How will we best remember ” the old man” as he was affectionately called? This is not intended  to be a biography – simply a personal selection of some of his notable quotes.

Selected quotes:

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

” We shall fight the War as if there were no White Paper, and the White Paper, as if there were no War.”

” What matters is not what the goyim say, but what the Jews do.”

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

” Why should we obligate ourselves to accept boundaries that, in any case, the Arabs don’t accept?”

” We have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there.  Otherwise, the Arabs will wipe us out.”

” The most dangerous enemy to Israel’s security is the intellectual inertia of those who are responsible for security.” 

” If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert,”

” Suffering makes a people greater – and we have suffered much.”

*  “Um-Shmoom.” 

* His opinion of the U.N. ( “Um” in Hebrew) As true today as ever.

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2 comments on “David Ben-Gurion, in his own words

  1. Pingback: David Ben-Gurion Quiz Facts Trivia - 1st Prime Minister of Israel - Zionist Leader

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