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NAVY
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Britain's best bulwarks are her wooden walls.
      - Thomas Augustine Arne,
        Britain's Best Bulwarks

Our ships were British oak,
  And hearts of oak our men.
      - Samuel James Arnold, Death of Nelson

The royal navy of England has ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.
      - Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries
         (vol. I, bk. I, ch. XIII)

Cooped in their winged sea-girt citadel.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto II, st. 28)

Right--that will do for the marines.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Island (II, XXI)

The wooden walls are the best walls of this kingdom.
      - Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry,
        Speech to the Judges,
        given in Gardiner's "History of England", col. III, p.79

Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
      - David Glasgow Farragut

Hearts of oak are are ships,
  Hearts of oak are our men.
      - David Garrick, Hearts of Oak,
        another version

Hearts of oak are our ships,
  Gallant tars are our men.
      - David Garrick, Hearts of Oak

All in the Downs are fleet was moor'd.
      - John Gay,
        Sweet William's Farewell to Black-Eyed Susan

Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
  If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
    If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool,
      Be careful to be guided by this golden rule--
        Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
          And you all may be Rulers of the Queen's Navee.
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert,
        H.M.S. Pinafore

Scarce one tall frigate walks the sea
  Or skirts the safer shores
    Of all that bore to victory
      Our stout old Commodores.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        at a dinner given to Admiral Farragut

The credite of the Realme, by defending the same with Wodden Walles, as Themistocles called the Ship of Athens.
      - Jan Hugh van Linschoten, London
         (preface to English translation)

Lysander when handing over the command of the fleet to Callicratidas, the Spartan, said to him, "I deliver you a fleet that is mistress of the seas."
      - Lysander,
        see Plutarch's "Life of Lysander"

There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        History of England
         (vol. I, ch. III, pt. XXXII)

Now the sunset breezes shiver,
  And she's fading down the river,
    But in England's song forever
      She's the Fighting Temeraire.
      - Henry John Newboldt,
        The Fighting Temeraire

Tell that to the Marines--the sailors won't believe it.
      - Old Saying,
        quoted by Scott in "Redgauntlet", ch. XIII


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