Admiral Collingwood

Quotations

Wisdom does not come by instinct, but will be found when diligently sought for; seek her, she will be a friend that will never fail you.

Letter to Mr. Lane, on the Duties of a young officer, London, November 7, 1787

Nature has sown in man the seeds of knowledge; but they must be cultivated, to produce fruit.

Letter to Mr. Lane, on the Duties of a young officer, London, November 7, 1787

Read – let me charge you to read. Study books that treat of your profession, and of history.

Letter to Mr. Lane, on the Duties of a young officer, London, November 7, 1787

Let your companions be such as yourself, or superior; for the worth of a man will always be ruled by that of his company.

Letter to Mr. Lane, on the Duties of a young officer, London, November 7, 1787

Guard carefully against letting discontent appear in you; it is sorrow to your friends, a triumph to your competitors, and cannot be productive of any good.

Letter to Mr. Lane, on the Duties of a young officer, London, November 7, 1787

You may depend on it, that it is more in your own power than in any one else’s to promote both your comfort and advancement.

Letter to Mr. Lane, on the Duties of a young officer, London, November 7, 1787

Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.

before the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805