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.
If I had been censured every time I have run my ship, or fleets under my command, into great danger, I should have long ago been out of the Service and never in the House of Peers.
I owe all my success in life to having been always a quarter of an hour before my time.
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.
I will dine nowhere without your consent although with my present feelings I might be trusted with fifty virgins naked in a dark room.
I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.
A fleet of British ships at war are the best negotiators.
In Sea affairs, nothing is impossible, and nothing is improbable.
The bravest man feels an anxiety 'circa praecordia' as he enters the battle; but he dreads disgrace yet more.
Hardy, I do believe they have done it at last... my backbone is shot through.
Close with a Frenchman, but out-maneuver a Russian.
I am of the opinion that the boldest measures are the safest.
Let me alone: I have yet my legs and one arm. Tell the surgeon to make haste and his instruments. I know I must lose my right arm, so the sooner it's off the better.
Whoever gains the palm by merit, let him hold it.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
Frigates are the eyes of a fleet.
First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.
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.
In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.
Thank God I have done my duty.
My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
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