Oser

imageOser (oh-zay) means “to dare.” It can be negative, as in “How dare you!”, but I’d rather think of how it is used in a positive sense. The above quotation embodies the positive sense of oser. What would I dare to do? I think I’d open a café cum photography gallery on the Île St. Louis in the heart of Paris. I’d have congenial guests and sell enough café crèmes and glossy pictures of France to pay my bills with sufficient left over for a more travel. But, unfortunately, businesses do fail every day – even those run by people with much more skill, heart, and backing than me. So, I stay Stateside, work in Paris in the summer, and dream of what it would be like to live there full time. What would you dare to do? Are you doing it already?

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Oser

  1. Anithe fine choice! I like this verb. There is a quote from Sénèque: “Ce n’est pas parce que les choses sont difficiles que nous n’osons pas, mais parce que nous n’osons pas qu’elles sont difficiles.”
    “Osons!”in the 90 became kind of a signature for a local politician. Lovely quote and vaste question!
    Will I ose, one day, quit my job? Your project sounds lovely!

  2. Aura says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I just want to thank you for the pleasure of following your blog.
    Have a great 2015!

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