Quotes by Horatio Nelson
To leave off action? Well, damn me if I do! You know, Foley, I have only one eye,— I have a right to be blind sometimes . . . I really do not see the signal!
The Neapolitan officers did not lose much honour, for God knows they had not much to lose - but they lost all they had.
It is warm work; and this day may be the last to any of us at a moment. But mark you! I would not be elsewhere for thousands.
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.
In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.
I am myself a Norfolk man.
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.
First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.
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.
If I had been censured every time I have run my ship, or fleets under my command, into great danger, I should have long ago been out of the Service and never in the House of Peers.
Our country will, I believe, sooner forgive an officer for attacking an enemy than for letting it alone.
My greatest happiness is to serve my gracious King and Country and I am envious only of glory; for if it be a sin to covet glory I am the most offending soul alive.
Victory or Westminster Abbey.
The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion the boldest are the safest.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
Before this time to-morrow I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminster Abbey.
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