Patrick O'Brian Quotes

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Patrick O'Brian Quotes

In a day when, if you insulted a man it might cost you your life, you were probably more civil.
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Do you not find it happens very often, that you are as gay as Garrick at dinner and then by supper-time you wonder why God made the world?

— Patrick O'Brian

They played, not beautifully but deep, ignoring their often discordant strings and striking right into the heart of the music they knew best, the true notes acting as their milestones. On the poop above their heads, where the weary helmsmen tended the new steering-oar and Babbington stood at the con, the men listened intently; it was the first sound of human life that they had heard, apart from the brief Christmas merriment, for a time they could scarcely measure.

— Patrick O'Brian

As it usually happened after an engagement, a heavy sadness was coming down over his spirits. To some degree it was the prodigious contrastbetween two modes of life: in violent hand-to-hand fighting threr was no room for time, reflexion, enmity or even pain unless it was disabling; everything moved with extreme speed, cut and parry with a reflex as fast as a sword-thrust, eyes automatically keeping watch on three or four men within reach, arm lunging at the first hint of a lowered guard, a cry to warn a friend, a roar to put an enemy off his stroke; and all this in an extraordinarily vivid state of mind, a kind of fierce exaltation, an intense living in the most immediate present.

— Patrick O'Brian

How wonderfully strange,' he thought, 'to be upset by this trifle; yet I am upset.

— Patrick O'Brian

What are bashed neeps?"
"Neeps hackit with balmagowry.

— Patrick O'Brian

We are always the most violent against those whom we have injured.

— Patrick O'Brian

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