Shimon Peres

+ 475 Every woman is civilization itself. Shimon Peres, December 2015


+ 278 A solution of two national states - a Jewish state, Israel; an Arab state, Palestine. The Palestinians are our closest neighbors. I believe they may become our closest friends. Shimon Peres


+ 237 Germany and Israel should dream together for a Middle East in which all the countries are willing to exchange the dispute of the parents with peace for their children. Shimon Peres, President of Israel


+ 207 Today, Israel is stronger than ever. Israel has defensive tools of its own – those developed in the past and those developed today and those that will be developed tomorrow. Shimon Peres, President of Israel


+ 70 Israeli children should be taught to look to the future, not live in the past. I would rather teach them to imagine than to remember. Shimon Peres, 2000


+ 61 What we are considering really is not just a calculated risk in the military sense, but a comparative risk, which exists between surrender to terror and daring rescue stemming from independence. Shimon Peres, 1976


+ 67 Peace is not the pursuit of war by other means. Peace consists of putting an end to the red ink of past history and starting anew in a different color. Shimon Peres, 1996


+ 73 Peace is very much like love. It is a romantic process—you have to be living it, you have to invest in it, you have to trust it. As you cannot impose love, so you cannot impose peace. Shimon Peres, 1997


+ 60 Optimists and pessimists die the same way. They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist. Shimon Peres, 2005


+ 61 Israel must not only be an asset but a value. A moral, cultural and scientific call for the promotion of man, every man. It must be a good and warm home for Jews who are not Israelis, as well as for Israelis who are not Jews. And it must create equal opportunities for all, without discriminating between religion, nationality, community or sex... I have seen Israel in its most difficult hours and also in moments of achievement and spiritual uplifting. My years place me at an observation point from which can be viewed the scene of our reviving nation, spread out in all its glory... Permit me to remain an optimist. Permit me to be a dreamer of his people. If sometimes the atmosphere is autumnal, and also if today, the day seems suddenly grey, the president Israel has chosen will never tire of encouraging, awakening and reminding - because spring is waiting for us. The spring will definitely come. Shimon Peres, President's inaugural address, July 2007


+ 65 Sometimes people ask me, 'What is the greatest achievement you have reached in your lifetime?' So I reply that there was a great painter named Mordecai Ardon, who was asked which picture was the most beautiful he had ever painted. Ardon replied, 'The picture I will paint tomorrow.' That is also my answer. Shimon Peres, 2011