|Om te slagen in het leven heb je twee dingen nodig: onwetendheid en vertrouwen.
|“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”
|While this quote is originally from Mark Twain, you may also hear the Dutch version in the Netherlands. It suits the Dutch attitude: confident, direct, and maybe a little bit clumsy.
|Elk nadeel heeft zijn voordeel.
|“Every disadvantage has its advantage.”
|The Dutch love this inspirational quote. Every bad thing has something positive. The trick is to find the good in the bad.
The world-famous Dutch soccer player Johan Cruyff loved to use this quote with his Amsterdam dialect: Elk nadeel heb se voordeel.
|Opgeven kan morgen ook nog.
|“You can always give up tomorrow.”
|There is some power in this Dutch quote. You can always give up another day, so why give up today?
It tells you a bit about the Dutch go-getter mentality (doorzetter mentaliteit): keep on trying without giving up or making a fuss.