Horatio Hornblower Quotes

# Death is nothing, but to live defeated and without glory is to die every day.”
– “Napoleon Bonaparte” from “Hornblower During a Crisis” by C.S. Forester

# “Call no man happy until he is dead.”
– “someone or other” from “Hornblower During a Crisis” in “The Last Encounter” by C.S. Forester

# “Life was a succession of pills that had to be swallowed”.”
– “Horatio Hornblower” from “Hornblower and the ‘Atropos’”, by C.S. Forester, Ch. 3

# “If variety was the spice of life, thought Hornblower, his present existence must be an Oriental curry.”
– “Horatio Hornblower” from “Hornblower and the ‘Atropos’”, by C.S. Forester, Ch. 14

# “Each of us can find a maggot in our past which will happily devour our futures.”
– “Horatio Hornblower” from “Horatio Hornblower” in “The Fire Ships”

# “I would consider it my duty to help your release from this world.”
– “Horatio Hornblower” from “Horatio Hornblower” in “The Fire Ships”

# “I thank God daily for the good fortune of my birth, for I am certain I would have made a miserable peasant”
– “Lord Edrington” from “Horatio Hornblower” in “The Wrong War”

# “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”
– “Captain Sawyer” from “Horatio Hornblower” in “Mutiny” (taken from “King Henry” from “King Henry IV Part 2”, by William Shakespeare, Act III, scene i)

# “It’s not history that concerns me, Horatio. It’s the future. It’s far more uncertain.”
– “Archie Kennedy” from “Horatio Hornblower” in “Mutiny”

# “A hit, a palpable hit.”
– “Archie Kennedy” from “Horatio Hornblower” in “Retribution” (taken from “Osric” from “Hamlet”, by William Shakespeare, Act V, scene ii)

# “Poor Horatio, so quick to give, so slow to accept the simplest gift.”
– “Archie Kennedy” from “Horatio Hornblower” in “Retribution”

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One Response to Horatio Hornblower Quotes

  1. Robyn Owen says:

    “As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.”
    ‘Captain Sir Edward Pellew’ in ‘The Frogs and the Lobsters’

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