William the Silent Quotes
Do not kill him! I forgive him my death.
Ordering his soldiers not to kill an assassin who has just tried to kill him (1581)
In all things there must be order, but it must of such a kind as is possible to observe...to see a man burnt for doing as he thought right, harms the people, for this is a matter of conscience.
I cannot approve of monarchs who want to rule over the conscience of the people, and take away their freedom of choice and religion.
It is not possible for me to bear alone such labors and the burden of such weighty cares as press on me from hour to hour, without one man at my side to help me. I have not a soul to aid me in all my anxieties and toils.
One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere.