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"We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers."
"I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me."
"Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking."
"The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes."
"The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash."
"War is too important a matter to be left to the military."
"There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea."
"The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten."
"Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?"
"Drinking is the soldier's pleasure."
"The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor."
"The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most."
"Rogues, would you live forever?"
"The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature."
"We are as near to heaven by sea as by land."
"Conscription may have been good for the country, but it damn near killed the army."
"Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea."
"Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?"
"The army is the true nobility of our country."
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