William III of England

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King William III

William III (1650–1702) was king of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1689 until his death in 1702. He was also the Stadtholder (ruler) of the Dutch Republic and a nephew of Charles II. As a Protestant, he was invited to invade England to replace the Catholic James II. James's eldest daughter, Mary, was married to William, and they were declared joint king and queen as William III and Mary II.

Sourced quotes

  • "There is one way never to see it lost, and that is to die in the last ditch."[1]
What it means: If you die in the last ditch, you will never see your country defeated.
About the quote: Speaking as a reply to the Duke of Buckingham's question: "Do you not see that your country is lost?"
  • "Every bullet has its billet."[1]
About the quote: This is a proverb.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "William III" The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles. Oxford University Press, 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved on 18 November 2008

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