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.
Hardy, I do believe they have done it at last... my backbone is shot through.
What the country needs is the annihilation of the enemy.
Close with a Frenchman, but out-maneuver a Russian.
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.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
I have a right to be blind sometimes.
I am of the opinion that the boldest measures are the safest.
In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.
The bravest man feels an anxiety 'circa praecordia' as he enters the battle; but he dreads disgrace yet more.
A fleet of British ships at war are the best negotiators.
My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
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 owe all my success in life to having been always a quarter of an hour before my time.
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.
Frigates are the eyes of a fleet.
In Sea affairs, nothing is impossible, and nothing is improbable.
Thank God I have done my duty.
The politics of courts are so mean that private people would be ashamed to act in the same way; all is trick and finesse, to which the common cause is sacrificed.
I am a Norfolk man and Glory in being so.
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