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.
Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
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 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.
Desperate affairs require desperate measures.
A fleet of British ships at war are the best negotiators.
I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.
No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
Recollect that you must be a seaman to be an officer and also that you cannot be a good officer without being a gentleman.
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.
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.
Thank God I have done my duty. Drink, drink. Fan, fan. Rub, rub. Kiss me, Hardy.
Close with a Frenchman, but out-maneuver a Russian.
I believe my arrival was most welcome, not only to the
Commander of the Fleet but almost to every individual in it.
A ship's a fool to fight a fort.
I cannot command winds and weather.
First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.
What the country needs is the annihilation of the enemy.
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 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.
My love is founded on esteem, the only foundation that can make the passion last.
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