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David Ben-Gurion

Data de nascimento: 16. Outubro 1886
Data de falecimento: 1. Dezembro 1973

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David Ben-Gurion, em hebraico: דָּוִד בֶּן גּוּרִיּוֹן , , judeu polonês, foi o primeiro chefe de governo de Israel. Ben-Gurion foi um líder do movimento do Sionismo socialista e um dos fundadores do Partido Trabalhista , que esteve no poder em Israel ao longo das primeiras três décadas da existência do Estado.

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

— David Ben-Gurion
Attributed to Ben-Gurion in A Call to Action : The Handbook to Unite and Ignite America's Betrayed and Imperiled Public (2004) by A. T. Theodore, p. 6, but earlier published as a saying of unknown authorship in Uncommon Sense : The World's Fullest Compendium of Wisdom (1987) by Joseph Telushkin, p. 204

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„Yet for many of us, anti-Semitic feeling had little to do with our dedication [to Zionism]. I personally never suffered anti-Semitic persecution. Plonsk was remarkably free of it, or at least the Jews felt well protected in the cocoon of their community life. Nevertheless, and I think this very significant, it was Plonsk that sent the highest proportion of Jews to Eretz Israel from any town in Poland of comparable size. We emigrated not for negative reasons of escape but for the positive purpose of rebuilding a homeland, a place where we wouldn't be perpetual strangers and that through our toil would become irrevocably our own. Life in Plonsk was peaceful enough. There were three main communities: Russians, Jews and Poles. Each lived apart from the others. The Russians as the occupiers kept a firm hand on the civil administration. There were no Polish or Jewish officials. Officials or the police almost never interfered in dealings between Jewish and Polish communities. They disliked both equally and took an aloof attitude to the town's day-to-day life. The number of Jews and Poles in the city were roughly equal, about five thousand each. The Jews, however, formed a compact, centralized group occupying the innermost districts whilst the Poles were more scattered, living in outlying areas and shading off into the peasantry. Consequently, when a gang of Jewish boys met a Polish gang the latter would almost inevitably represent a single suburb and thus be poorer in fighting potential than the Jews who even if their numbers were initially fewer could quickly call on reinforcements from the entire quarter. Far from being afraid of them, they were rather afraid of us. In general, however, relations were amicable, though distant.“

— David Ben-Gurion
Memoirs : David Ben-Gurion (1970), p. 36

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

— David Ben-Gurion
Interview on CBS, (5 October 1956) Variant: Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles isn't a realist. As quoted in Israel : Years of Crisis Years of Hope (1973) by Roman Frister, p. 45

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„If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert.“

— David Ben-Gurion
As quoted in Words from the Wise : Over 6,000 of the Smartest Things Ever Said (2007) by Rosemarie Jarski, p. 170

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„I fight, therefore I exist.“

— David Ben-Gurion
No clear citations of this to Ben-Gurion have been located. A very early variant of this idea (which plays upon the statement of René Descartes "Cogito ergo sum" — "I think, therefore I exist") is found in Die Weimarer Reichsverfassung http://books.google.gr/books?id=VRBAAAAAYAAJ&q= (1922) by Leo Wittmayer, p. 255, a work about the Weimar Constitution, where Wittmayer speaks against the attitude, while stating it in Latin: "bello ergo sum".

„We must support the army as though there were no White Paper, and fight the White Paper as though there were no war.“

— David Ben-Gurion
Statement (12 September 1939), quoted in . Variants: Fight the war as if there was no White Paper, and the White Paper as if there was no war. As quoted in A History of Palestine from 135 A.D. to Modern Times (1949) by James William Parkes, p. 342 "We shall fight the War as if there was no White Paper, and the White Paper, as if there was no War." As quoted in Pioneer (1968) by Deborah Dayan, p. 83

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

— David Ben-Gurion
Quoted in Supreme Command : Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime (2002) by Eliot A. Cohen, p. 172

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