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proﬁtably take lessons.
When you think of Wallis Simpson, think of one who knew what she wanted, and
shook the greatest empire on earth to get it. Women who complain that this is
a man’s world, that women do not have an equal chance to win, owe it to themselves to study carefully the life of this unusual woman, who, at an age which most
women consider “old,” captured the affections of the most desirable bachelor in
the entire world.
And what of King Edward? What lesson may we learn from his part in the world’s
greatest drama of recent times? Did he pay too high a price for the affections of
the woman of his choice?
Surely no one but he can give the correct answer. The rest of us can only conjecture. This much we know, the king came into the world without his own consent. 148 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH He was born to great riches, without requesting them. He was persistently sought
in marriage; politicians and statesmen throughout Europe tossed dowagers and
princesses at his feet. Because he was the ﬁrst born of his parents, he inherited
a crown, which he did not seek, and perhaps did not desire. For more than forty
years he was not a free agent, could not live his life in his own way, had but little privacy, and ﬁnally assumed duties inﬂicted upon him when he ascended the
Some will say, “With all these blessings, King Edward should have found peace of
mind, contentment, and joy of living.” The truth is that back of all the privileges of
a crown, all the money, the fame, and the power inherited by King Edward, there
was an emptiness which could be ﬁlled only by love.
His greatest DESIRE was for love. Long before he met Wallis Simpson, he doubtless felt this great universal emotion tugging at the strings of his heart, beating
upon the door of his soul, and crying out for expression. And when he met a kindred spirit, crying out for this same Holy privilege of expression, he recognized
it, and without fear or apology, opened his heart and bade it enter. All the scandal-mongers in the world cannot destroy the beauty of this international drama,
through which two people found love, and had the courage to face open criticism,
renounce ALL ELSE to give it holy expression.
King Edward’s DECISION to give up the crown of the world’s most powerful empire, for the privilege of going the remainder of the way through life with the
woman of his choice, was a decision that required courage. The decision also had
a price, but who has the right to say the price was too great? Surely not He who
said, “He among you who is without sin, let him cast the ﬁrst stone.”
As a suggestion to any evil-minded person who chooses to ﬁnd fault with the Duke
of Windsor, because his DESIRE was for LOVE, and for openly declaring his love
for Wallis Simpson, and giving up his throne for her, let it be remembered that
the OPEN DECLARATION was not essential. He could have followed the custom
of clandestine liaison which has prevailed in Europe for centuries, without givi...
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