Do not calculate what I have done, for I shall accept no recompense. Calculate the public advantage, the welfare and liberty of my country, and believe that I shall refuse no burden, no danger, provided that, at the hour of tranquillity, I may return to private life, for there now remains but one step for my ambition – that of arriving at zero.
Like ships that have gone down at sea, when heaven was all tranquillity.
That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquillity.
Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.
To the citizens of Israel, I say: we have passed difficult years, faced the most painful experiences and overcame them. The future lies before us. We are required to take difficult and controversial steps, but we must not miss the opportunity to try to achieve what we have wished for, for so many years: security, tranquillity and peace.
As social beings we live with our eyes upon our reflection, but have no assurance of the tranquillity of the waters in which we see it.