Quotes of the Day for 14 January 2003 – Betrayal
Benedict Arnold was born at Norwich, Connecticut on this day in 1741. After a bit of a rowdy childhood, he was apprenticed to cousins and learned the apothecary trade. He served in the Connecticut militia on and off in the French and Indian War, and early in the Revolution, and was a strong leader and often brilliant tactician. However, he was frequently on the wrong end of various rivalries and his contributions were not always recognized, likely the result of these jealousies. Further, his pay, expenses, and seniority were often delayed by Congress. He eventually accepted a significant offer of cash, extensive land in Canada, and a commission in the British Army for turning over the keys to West Point. His plan was detected, but he escaped to the British side and commanded troops against the revolutionary forces. Despite that, the British never really trusted or respected him and he died bitter and lonely. Today's quotes are on Treason and Betrayal.
Do not fear your enemies. The worst they can do is kill you. Do not fear friends. At worst, they may betray you. Fear those who do not care; they neither kill nor betray, but betrayal and murder exist because of their silent consent.
- Bruno Jasienski
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
- Edward Morgan Forster, 1879 - 1970
Treason doth never prosper. What's the reason? Why, when it prospers, none dare call it treason.
- Sir John Harrington
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
- William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616
If weakness may excuse, What Murderer, what Traitor, Parricide, Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it? All Wickedness is Weakness: That plea therefore With God or Man will gain thee no Remission.
- John Milton, 1608 - 1674
When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1904 - 1991
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