Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.
Aft the more honour, forward the better man
Our country will, I believe, sooner forgive an officer for attacking an enemy than for letting it alone.
In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.
Gained I Will
England expects that every man will do his duty.
Every His England
I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.
Did Paths Could
Desperate affairs require desperate measures.
First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.
Victory Then Gain
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.
Fleets Peers Should
No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
Alongside Enemy His
Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
Minutes Make Defeat
Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.