Horatio Nelson Quote
Success, I trust—indeed have little doubt—will crown our zealous and well-meant endeavours: if not, our Country will, I believe, sooner forgive an Officer for attacking his Enemy than for letting it alone.
Regarding the attack on Bastia, Corsica (May 3, 1794). Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, ed. The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, The First Volume 1777-1794. London: Henry Colburn, Publisher. pg. 393.