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.
I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.
I have only one eye, I have a right to be blind sometimes... I really do not see the signal!
I cannot command winds and weather.
If a man consults whether he is to fight, when he has the power in his own hands, it is certain that his opinion is against fighting.
First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.
England expects that every man will do his duty.
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.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.
Desperate affairs require desperate measures.
Our country will, I believe, sooner forgive an officer for attacking an enemy than for letting it alone.
Buonaparte has often made his boast that our fleet would be worn out by keeping the sea and that his was kept in order and increasing by staying in port; but know he finds, I fancy, if Emperors hear the truth, that his fleet suffers more in a night than ours in one year.
Treat every Frenchman as if he was the devil himself.
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