Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.
England expects that every man will do his duty.
Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
Firstly, you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own respecting 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 do the devil.
I am of the opinion that the boldest measures are the safest.
Desperate affairs require desperate measures.
A fleet of British ships at war are the best negotiators.
Recollect that you must be a seaman to be an officer and also that you cannot be a good officer without being a gentleman.
No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
I owe all my success in life to having been always a quarter of an hour before my time.
I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.
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.
You must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your King, and you must treat every Frenchman as if he were the Devil himself.
I cannot command winds and weather.
Now I can do no more. We must trust to the Great Disposer of all events and the justice of our cause. I thank God for this opportunity of doing my duty.
I will dine nowhere without your consent although with my present feelings I might be trusted with fifty virgins naked in a dark room.
Close with a Frenchman, but out-maneuver a Russian.
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.
What the country needs is the annihilation of the enemy.
I am ill every time it blows hard, and nothing but my enthusiastic love for the profession keeps me one hour at sea.
To do nothing was disgraceful; therefore I made use of my understanding.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
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.
Hardy, I do believe they have done it at last... my backbone is shot through.
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