Citations Horatio Nelson

„England expects every Man will do his Duty.“

—  Horatio Nelson

Famous signal to the British fleet before the battle of Trafalgar, as quoted in Life of Nelson, Ch. 9; Initially dictated as: "England confides that every man shall do his duty." The signaller pointed out that "expects" was in the signals alphabet, but "confides" was not and so had to be spelt out, taking longer, and Nelson agreed to the change.
Variant:
England expects every officer and man to do his duty this day.
As reported in The London Times (26 December 1805)
The Battle of Trafalgar (1805)

„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.“

—  Horatio Nelson

After being wounded during the attack on Santa Cruz de Tenerife (24 July 1797), as quoted in The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson with Notes (1845) edited Nicholas Harris Nicolas, Vol. II : 1795-1797, p. 423
1790s

„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.“

—  Horatio Nelson

Letter to his mistress, Lady Hamilton (1800) [citation needed]; derived from "But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive." by William Shakespeare, in Henry V
1800s

„There is in the handling of these Transatlantic ships a nucleus of trouble for the Navy of Great Britain.“

—  Horatio Nelson

On American ships sighted sometime between 1801 and 1803, as quoted in The Royal Navy: Its Influence in English History and in the Growth of Empire https://books.google.com/books?id=mlNnAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA149 (1914) by John Leyland
1800s

„Desperate affairs require desperate measures.“

—  Horatio Nelson

As quoted in The Book of Military Quotations (1992) edited by Peter G. Tsouras, p. 54
1800s

„The bravest man feels an anxiety 'circa praecordia' as he enters the battle; but he dreads disgrace yet more.“

—  Horatio Nelson

Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, The Life of Nelson: The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain, Volume 2. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1897, p. 52; attributed by Mahan to Locker's Greenwich Gallery article "Torrington".
1800s

„In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.“

—  Horatio Nelson

Life of Nelson (ch. 9), when asked to cover the stars on his uniform to hide his rank during battle.
1800s

„First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.“

—  Horatio Nelson

Before the battle of the Nile (1 August 1797) [citation needed]
1790s

„Before this time to-morrow I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminster Abbey.“

—  Horatio Nelson

Before the Battle of the Nile (1 August 1797), as quoted in Life of Nelson, Ch. 5; alternately reported as "Westminster Abbey, or victory!"
1790s

„Victory or Westminster Abbey.“

—  Horatio Nelson

Life of Nelson Vol. I, Ch. 4 : In the battle off Cape Vincent, giving order for boarding the San Josef
1800s

„Drink, drink. Fan, fan. Rub, rub.“

—  Horatio Nelson

In his dying hours, Nelson was attended by his chaplain, Alexander Scott; his steward, Chevalier; and the purser, Walter Burke. Their accounts have been available to Nelson's modern biographers. This was a request to alleviate his symptoms of thirst, heat, and the pains of his wounds, as quoted in Horatio Nelson (1987) by Tom Pocock, p. 331
The Battle of Trafalgar (1805)

„The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion the boldest are the safest.“

—  Horatio Nelson

Statement to Sir Hyde Parker urging vigorous action against the Russians and Danes (24 March 1801), quoted in "The Book of Military Quotations" by Peter G. Tsouras, p. 54
1800s

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