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Guilherme I, príncipe de Orange

Data de nascimento: 24. Abril 1533
Data de falecimento: 10. Julho 1584

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Guilherme I de Orange-Nassau , em nederlandês Willem van Oranje, também conhecido como o Guilherme, o Taciturno , foi Príncipe de Orange, Conde de Nassau , líder da casa de Orange-Nassau e o grande impulsionador do movimento de independência dos Países Baixos. Após um período como stadthouder das províncias da Holanda, Zelândia, Utrecht e Borgonha, ao serviço da casa de Habsburgo, deu início à revolta que marcou o princípio da guerra dos oitenta anos, sendo declarado como fora-da-lei por Filipe II de Espanha em 1567. Guilherme não assistiu ao sucesso da sua causa, que chegou apenas em 1648 com o fim do poderio espanhol na região, e morreu assassinado por Balthazar Gerardts em Delft.

Nos Países Baixos, Guilherme, o Taciturno, é considerado como o fundador da nação e o hino nacional, Wilhelmus, foi uma canção popular da época escrita em seu apoio. A bandeira é uma adaptação da bandeira do Príncipe e a cor nacional dos Países Baixos – o laranja – é uma referência directa ao nome do principado de Orange .

Existem várias explicações para o seu apelido de o Taciturno, uma tradução livre do neerlandês o Calado. Uma delas cita a falta de vontade que sempre mostrou em discutir assuntos difíceis ou de estado em público; a explicação alternativa refere a relutância em utilizar informações obtidas enquanto pagem de confiança do Imperador Carlos V, mesmo quando se encontrava em guerra com o seu filho Filipe II.

Citações Guilherme I, príncipe de Orange

„I have heard that tomorrow they are to execute the two prisoners, the accomplices of him who shot me. For my part, I most willingly pardon them.“

—  William the Silent
Context: I have heard that tomorrow they are to execute the two prisoners, the accomplices of him who shot me. For my part, I most willingly pardon them. If they are thought deserving of a signal and severe penalty, I beg the magistrates not to put them to torture, but to give them a speedy death, if they have merited this. Good-night! Asking that two assassins who had tried to kill him be spared torture, as quoted in William the Silent, Frederic Harrison p. 109

„I am in the hands of God, my worldly goods and my life have long since been dedicated to his service.“

—  William the Silent
Context: I am in the hands of God, my worldly goods and my life have long since been dedicated to his service. He will dispose of them as seems best for his glory and my salvation. … Would to God that my perpetual banishment or even my death could bring you a true deliverance from so many calamities. Oh, how consoling would be such banishment — how sweet such a death! For why have I exposed my property? Was it that I might enrich myself? Why have I lost my brothers? Was it that I might find new ones? Why have I left my son so long a prisoner? Can you give me another? Why have I put my life so often in danger? What reward can I hope after my long services, and the almost total wreck of my earthly fortunes, if not the prize of having acquired, perhaps at the expense of my life, your liberty? If then, my masters, you judge that my absence or my death can serve you, behold me ready to obey. Command me — send me to the ends of the earth — I will obey. Here is my head, over which no prince, no monarch, has power but yourselves. Dispose of it for your good, for the preservation of your republic, but if you judge that the moderate amount of experience and industry which is in me, if you judge that the remainder of my property and of my life can yet be of service to you, I dedicate them afresh to you and to the country. Response after hearing he had been declared an outlaw by Philip II, as quoted in The Rise of the Dutch Republic (1859) by John Lothrop Motley

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„It is not possible for me to bear alone such labours and the burden of such weighty cares as press on me from hour to hour, without one man at my side to help me.“

—  William the Silent
Context: It is not possible for me to bear alone such labours 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. As quoted in William the Silent (1897) by Frederic Harrison, p. 75

„We must have patience and not lose heart, submitting to the will of God, and striving incessantly, as I have resolved to do, come what may.“

—  William the Silent
Context: We must have patience and not lose heart, submitting to the will of God, and striving incessantly, as I have resolved to do, come what may. With God’s help, I am determined to push onward, and by next month I trust to be at our appointed rendezvous. Watch Alva closely, and contrive to join me as arranged. Letter to his brother, Louis of Nassau, as quoted in William the Silent (1897) by Frederic Harrison, p. 93

„I will say no more, than that I will act as I shall answer hereafter to God and to man.“

—  William the Silent
After his wedding ceremony, on marrying his second wife, who was a Lutheran, as quoted in William the Silent (1897) by Frederic Harrison, p. 32

„Do not kill him! I forgive him my death.“

—  William the Silent
After an assassin had tried to kill him, he ordered his soldiers not to kill the assassin, 1581., as quoted in William the Silent (1897) by Frederic Harrison, p. 223

„This mercy will be your ruin; you will be at the bridge across which the Spaniards will enter this land.“

—  William the Silent
Statement to his friend, the Count of Egmont, as quoted in William the Silent (1897) by Frederic Harrison p. 76

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„The end will show the whole truth.“

—  William the Silent
To his brother Louis, commenting on The Count of Egmont's visit to Philip II about the problems in the Netherlands (1565), as quoted in William the Silent (1897) by Frederic Harrison, p. 22

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