Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.
Recollect that you must be a seaman to be an officer and also that you cannot be a good officer without being a gentleman.
Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
England expects that every man will do his duty.
Desperate affairs require desperate measures.
I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.
I will dine nowhere without your consent although with my present feelings I might be trusted with fifty virgins naked in a dark room.
The bravest man feels an anxiety 'circa praecordia' as he enters the battle; but he dreads disgrace yet more.
I owe all my success in life to having been always a quarter of an hour before my time.
Hardy, I do believe they have done it at last... my backbone is shot through.
A fleet of British ships at war are the best negotiators.
In Sea affairs, nothing is impossible, and nothing is improbable.
My greatest happiness is to serve my gracious King and Country and I am envious only of glory; for if it be a sin to covet glory I am the most offending soul alive.
I cannot, if I am in the field of glory, be kept out of sight: wherever there is anything to be done, there Providence is sure to direct my steps.
Firstly you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own regarding their propriety. Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and thirdly you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.
If a man consults whether he is to fight, when he has the power in his own hands, it is certain that his opinion is against fighting.
My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
Close with a Frenchman, but out-maneuver a Russian.
What the country needs is the annihilation of the enemy.
I am of the opinion that the boldest measures are the safest.
Frigates are the eyes of a fleet.
Had we taken ten sails, and let the eleventh to escape, being able to get at her, I could never have called it well done.
Buonaparte has often made his boast that our fleet would be worn out by keeping the sea and that his was kept in order and increasing by staying in port; but know he finds, I fancy, if Emperors hear the truth, that his fleet suffers more in a night than ours in one year.
In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.
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