Patrick O’Brian Quotes.
The Navy speaks in symbols and you may suit what meaning you choose to the words.
That would be locking the horse after the stable door is gone, a very foolish thing to do.
I know of few men over 50 that seem to me entirely human, virtually none who has long exercised authority.
There is a systematic flocci-nauci-nihili-pilification of all other aspects of existence that angers me.
Although wealth may not bring happiness, the immediate prospect of it provides a wonderfully close imitation.
We understood one another better before ever I opened my mouth
Why there you are, Stephen,’ cried Jack. ‘You are come home, I find.’ That is true,’ said Stephen with an affectionate look: he prized statements of this kind in Jack.
When you’re taking a fence on a horse, you don’t think much; your body does all the thinking, and you’re over or you’re not over. It’s much the same when you are doing a tricky thing with a pen. There are times when I’m writing very, very fast.
Never mind manoeuvres, always go at them.
No man born of woman has ever understood spoken Portuguese.
Wit is the unexpected copulation of ideas.
I have often observed that extremely violent noise and activity go with good-fellowship and heightened spirits.