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    die in a great cause

    They never fail who die in a great cause.

    Please explain this sentence.

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    Re: die in a great cause

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    They never fail who die in a great cause.

    Please explain this sentence.
    Is it 'die in a great cause' or 'for a great cause'?

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    Re: die in a great cause

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    They never fail who die in a great cause.

    Please explain this sentence.
    It's an inversion, for rhetorical or poetic effect. It means 'Those who die in a great cause cannot be said to have failed' - or 'even dying is not a failure, if it's done for the right (that is, noble/high-minded/patriotic/righteous) reasons'.

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