Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Sentiments from Nelson

As true today as they've ever been.
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. [To a midshipman aboard the Agamemnon, 1793]
That is: you must be lobotomitically lacking in initiative, anti-democratic and xenophobic. The three highest virtues in any man.
The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion the boldest are the safest. [To Sir Hyde Parker urging vigorous action against the Russians and Danes, March 24, 1801] 
Rashness is prudence. Also, ignorance is knowledge, left is right, down is up.
Drink drink. Fan fan. Rub rub. [Nelson's last words]
These, really, cannot be improved.

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