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  • The Holocaust may belong to history, but it was the price we paid to become a nation. Auschwitz was like a cradle of death that enabled future generations of Israelis to live.

  • No nation in the world has so many drastic problems squeezed into so small a space, under such urgent pressure of time and heavy burden of history, as Israel.

    • Barbara W. Tuchman,
    • "Israel: Land of Unlimited Impossibilities," in Saturday Evening Post ()
  • We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.

    • Golda Meir,
    • in Israel and Mary Shenker, eds., As Good as Golda ()
  • We intend to remain alive. Our neighbors want to see us dead. This is not a question that leaves much room for compromise.

    • Golda Meir,
    • in Israel and Mary Shenker, eds., As Good as Golda ()
  • It is true that we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore.

  • We have always said that in our wars with the Arabs we had a secret weapon — no alternative.

  • Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us forty years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!

  • Zionism and pessimism are not compatible.

    • Golda Meir,
    • in Marie Syrkin, ed., A Land of Our Own ()
  • ... Israel itself is the strongest guarantee against another Holocaust.

  • ... only here could Jews live as of right, rather than sufferance, and only here Jews could be masters, not victims, of their fate.

  • No one can look on Jerusalem unmoved; the first sight of the city must be a solemn moment; there is nothing like it in the world, and one feels then what one probably never feels twice in a lifetime.

  • Why the black answer of hate / to your existence, Israel? / ... / In the others' choir / you always sang / one note lower / or one note higher ...

    • Nelly Sachs,
    • "Why the black answer of hate," O the Chimneys ()