Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.
One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.
Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.
The dog that trots about finds a bone.
A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.
You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.
To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be.
The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea, and before we did that we might as well fight.
We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon - no alternative.
Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse.
Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either.
We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.
It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore.
I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.
The Soviet government is the most realistic regime in the world - no ideals.