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Horatio Nelson Quotes

Birth Date: 1758-09-29 (Friday, September 29th, 1758)
Date of Death: 1881-03-06 (Sunday, March 6th, 1881)


horatio nelson life timeline

French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Cape St. VincentJohn Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent and Horatio Nelson (later 1st Viscount Nelson) lead the British Royal Navy to victory over a Spanish fleet in action near Gibraltar.Tuesday, February 14th, 1797
Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife Island (Spain).Tuesday, July 25th, 1797
Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul s Cathedral.Thursday, January 9th, 1806
Captain David Beatty is promoted to Rear Admiral, and becomes the youngest admiral in the Royal Navy (except for Royal family members), since Horatio Nelson.Saturday, January 1st, 1910


    • 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.
    • Our country will, I believe, sooner forgive an officer for attacking an enemy than for letting it alone.
    • My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
    • 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.
    • Before this time to-morrow I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminister Abbey.
    • 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. (1797)
    • The Neapolitan officers did not lose much honour, for God knows they had not much to lose - but they lost all they had.
    • I am myself a Norfolk man.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • I have only one eye,- I have a right to be blind sometimes . . . I really do not see the signal!
    • 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.
    • Victory or Westminister Abbey.
    • In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.
    • Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
    • The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion the boldest are the safest.
    • May the Great God, whom I worship, grant to my Country and for the benefit of Europe in general a great and glorious victory; and may no misconduct in anyone tarnish it; and may humanity after Victory be the predominant feature of the British fleet. For myself, individually, I commit my life to Him who made me, and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my Country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen. Amen. Amen.
    • Something must be left to chance; nothing is sure in a sea fight above all.
    • When I am without orders and unexpected occurrences arrive I shall always act as I think the honour and glory of my King and Country demand. But in case signals can neither be seen or perfectly understood, no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
    • England expects that every man will do his duty.
    • This is too warm work, Hardy, to last long.
    • It is nonsense, Mr. Burke, to suppose I can live. My sufferings are great but they will soon be over.
    • Kiss me, Hardy
    • Thank God, I have done my duty.
    • Bonaparte 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.
    • Desperate affairs require desperate measures.
    • Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.
    • I cannot command winds and weather.
    • I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.
    • I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time and it has made a man of me.
    • Never break the neutrality of a port or place, but never consider as neutral any place from whence an attack is allowed to be made.
    • Now I can do no more. We must trust to the Great Disposer of all events and the justice of our cause. I thank God for this opportunity of doing my duty.
    • Recollect that you must be a seaman to be an officer and also that you cannot be a good officer without being a gentleman.
    • The bravest man feels an anxiety 'circa praecordia' as he enters the battle, but he dreads disgrace more.
    • The business of the English commander-in-chief being first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.
    • Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
    • I am Lord Nelson, and this is my Fin.
    • Let the country mourn their hero; I grieve for the loss of the most fascinating companion I ever conversed with- the greatest and most simple of men- one of the nicest and most innocent- interesting beyond all, on shore, in public and even in private life. Men are not always themselves and put on their behaviour with their clothes, but if you live with a man on board a ship for years; if you are continually with him in his cabin, your mind will soon find out how to appreciate him. I could for ever tell you the qualities of this beloved man. I have not shed a tear for years before the 21st of October and since, whenever alone, I am quite like a child.
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