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.
England expects that every man will do his duty.
Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A fleet of British ships at war are the best negotiators.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
In Sea affairs, nothing is impossible, and nothing is improbable.
Close with a Frenchman, but out-maneuver a Russian.
I am of the opinion that the boldest measures are the safest.
What the country needs is the annihilation of the enemy.
In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.
My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
Frigates are the eyes of a fleet.
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.
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