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Friday, May 16, 2008

Quote of Mo': DG on Character

"Much better, he embrasses action with the pride of the master, because he engages himself with it, it is his; enjoying of the success as long as it is due to him and even as he does not profit from it, bearing all the weight of setbacks not without some bitter satisfaction. In short, a fighter who finds in himself his fervor and his points of support, a player who looks less for gain than success and pays his debts with his own money, the man of character confers to action its nobility; without him a slave's dreary task, thanks to him the hero's divine game."
De Gaulle, The Edge of the Sword (1932)

2 Comments:

Blogger Wyatt said...

could you send me the original statement (in French)?

It could turn out to be the key to solving the story of 2009.

12:33 PM  
Blogger CJWilly said...

Bien mieux, il embrasse l'action avec l'orgueil du maitre, car il s'en mele, elle est à lui; jouissant du succès pourvu qu'il lui soit du et lors meme qu'il n'en tire profit, supportant tout le poids du revers non sans quelque amère satisfaction. Bref, lutteur qui trouve au dedans son ardeur et son point d'appui, joueur qui cherche moins le gain que la réussite et paie ses dettes de son propre argent, l'homme de caractère confère à l'action la noblesse; sans lui morne tache d'esclave, grace à lui jeu divin du héros.

2:48 PM  

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