Something must be left to chance; nothing is certain in a sea fight
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.
Aft the more honour, forward the better man
My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
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.
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.
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
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.
Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
Before this time to-morrow I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminster Abbey.
...When he was on the eve of departure for one of his great expeditions the coachmaker said to him, The carriage shall be at the door punctually at six o clock; A quarter before, said Nelson. I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time and it has made a man of me.
I had rather suffer death than alarm Mrs. Freemantle, by letting her see me in this state, when I can give her no tidings whatever of her husband.
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 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.