• Our Country will, I believe, sooner forgive an Officer for attacking his Enemy than for letting it alone.

    Horatio Nelson's statement regarding the attack on Bastia, Corsica (May 3, 1794) as quoted in "The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, with Notes by Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, Volume I: 1777-1794" edited by Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas (p. 393), 1845.
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