Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.
I am of the opinion that the boldest measures are the safest.
England expects that every man will do his duty.
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 owe all my success in life to having been always a quarter of an hour before my time.
Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
A fleet of British ships at war are the best negotiators.
Desperate affairs require desperate measures.
No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
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.
Recollect that you must be a seaman to be an officer and also that you cannot be a good officer without being a gentleman.
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.
Close with a Frenchman, but out-maneuver a Russian.
First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.
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 cannot command winds and weather.
I will dine nowhere without your consent although with my present feelings I might be trusted with fifty virgins naked in a dark room.
What the country needs is the annihilation of the enemy.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
Thank God I have done my duty. Drink, drink. Fan, fan. Rub, rub. Kiss me, Hardy.
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 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.
There can be no place for self entirely
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