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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ooh, like that

"It's not necessary to hope in order to persevere.  It's the motto of William of Orange..."
 or
"One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere."
or
"Hope is not necessary to engagement, [...] nor success to perseverance."
or
“I can undertake and persevere even without hope of success" 
and at last
"the motto ascribed (probably incorrectly, according to historians) to the House of Orange in its seemingly endless and hopeless 100 year struggle for independence from Spain: “It is not necessary to hope in order to persevere.” 

Whatever.  Fun, tho. 

2 comments:

Vincent said...

Thought-provoking, thanks I guess for William of Orange it betrays the fact that either way he was doing very comfortably, but wanted to encourage the others without promising any reward.

For the Negro slave it was otherwise. In order to keep cheerful and stay human, it was necessary to hope, e.g. in the after-life that Christianity offered.

Chris Borthwick said...

"Norse mythology however considered Hope (Vön) to be the slobber dripping from the mouth of Fenris Wolf:[ their concept of courage rated most highly a cheerful bravery in the absence of hope."

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