37 Total Quotes

Horatio Nelson Quotes

Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
Horatio Nelson
#British Soldier #Defeat

England expects that every man will do his duty.
Horatio Nelson
#Duty #British Soldier

Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.
Horatio Nelson
#British Soldier #Gentlemen

No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
Horatio Nelson
#British Soldier

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.
Horatio Nelson
#British Soldier

I owe all my success in life to having always been a quarter of an hour beforehand
Horatio Nelson
#Life

You must hate a Frenchman as you do the devil
Horatio Nelson
#Devil

My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
Horatio Nelson
#Character #British Soldier

First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.
Horatio Nelson
#Victory #British Soldier

Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.
Horatio Nelson
#Business #British Soldier

Our country will, I believe, sooner forgive an officer for attacking an enemy than for letting it alone.
Horatio Nelson
#Country #British Soldier

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.
Horatio Nelson
#Business

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.
Horatio Nelson
#British Soldier #Man

I cannot command winds and weather.
Horatio Nelson
#British Soldier

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.
Horatio Nelson
#British Soldier

When I came to explain to them the 'Nelson Touch', it was like an electric shock. Some shed tears, all approved - 'It was new - it was singular - it was simple!'.
Horatio Nelson
#Tears

I have only one eye, I have a right to be blind sometimes... I really do not see the signal!
Horatio Nelson
#British Soldier

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.
Horatio Nelson
#British Soldier

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.
Horatio Nelson
#Glory #British Soldier

The defeat of the combined French and Spanish fleets lifted the very real threat of an invasion of Britain and it was greeted by the nation with huge relief,
Horatio Nelson
#Defeat

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.
Horatio Nelson
#Danger