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LORD HORATIO NELSON, VISCOUNT NELSON
English admiral
(1758 - 1805)

England expects every officer and man to do his duty this day.
      - a signal to the British fleet before the battle of Trafalgar, as reported in the "London Times", Dec. 26, 1805
        [War]

I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me.
      - [Punctuality]

No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
      - [Courage]

The politics of courts are so mean that private people would be ashamed to act in the same way; all is trick and finesse, to which the common cause is sacrificed.
      - [Politics]

Victory or Westminster Abbey.
      - [Proverbs]

Westminster Abbey, or Victory.
      - in the battle off Cape Vincent, giving order for boarding the San Josef, see Southey "Life of Nelson", vol. I, ch. IV
        [Victory]

Whoever gains the palm by merit, let him hold it.
      - [Merit]

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.
      - Dispatches and Letters of Horatio Nelson,
        a diary entry on the eve of the battle of Trafalgar
        [Honor]

I believe my arrival was most welcome, not only to the
  Commander of the Fleet but almost to every individual in it.
      - Life of Nelson,
        in a letter to Land Hamilton [Fame]

Kiss me, Hardy.
      - Life of Nelson, at the battle of Trafalgar
        [Love]

Thank God, I have done my duty.
      - Life of Nelson, at the battle of Trafalgar
        [Last Words]

This is too warm work, Hardy, to last long.
      - Life of Nelson, at the battle of Trafalgar
        [War]

It is my turn now; and if I come back, it is yours.
      - Life of Nelson (ch. 1) [War]

You must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and . . . you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.
      - Life of Nelson (ch. 3) [Enemies]

Before this time to-morrow I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminister Abbey.
      - Life of Nelson (ch. 5),
        before the Battle of the Nile
        [Fame : Victory]

I have only one eye,--I have a right to be blind sometimes . . . I really do not see the signal!
      - Life of Nelson (ch. 7),
        at the battle of Copenhagen [Blindness]

England expects that every man will do his duty.
      - Life of Nelson (ch. 9) [Duty]

In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.
      - Life of Nelson (ch. 9),
        when astked to cover the stars on his uniform
        [Honor]

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!'
      - Life of Nelson (ch. 9),
        in a letter to Lady Hamilton [Fame]


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