15Feb '12

The Right to be Blind

In the naval Battle of Copenhagen, 1801, Admiral Nelson was ordered to disengage his ships from the fight by a hoisted flag signal from his superior’s ship. He said, “You know, I only have one eye. I have a right to be blind sometimes.” Raising his telescope to his blind right eye, he said – not the misquoted “I see no ships” – but “I really do not see the signal.” He fought on and won the day. Sometimes people will tell you it’s time to give up. You have a right to be blind sometimes.

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