Talk:William the Silent

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about this one:

  1. One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere.
  • One of William's mottos- Speech by Jean-Paul Costa,President of the European Court of Human Rights

I came here looking for a *real* source. I know Jean-Paul Costa personally, this is a quote that is often used in the Parisian intelligentsia, and I'd like a more reliable source...

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I have now sourced this translation to having existed at least as early a published reference in O Canada: An American's Notes on Canadian Culture (1963) by Edmund Wilson ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 09:58, 2 August 2010 (UTC)


  • Exert yourself to the utmost, however hopeless the situation, and persevere even when all attempts have been unsuccessful.
  • I shall stand fast.