Arthur Wellesley Quotes

When I reflect upon the characters and attainments of some of the General officers of this army… on whom I am to rely… I tremble: and, as Lord Chesterfield said of the Generals of his day, “I only hope that when the enemy reads the list of their names he trembles as I do.”

Being born in a stable does not make one a horse. (when referred to as Irish)

The French system of conscription brings together a fair sample of classes; ours is composed of the scum of the earth.

I have seen their backs before. (when French marshals turned their backs on him at a reception)

When one turns over in bed, it is time to turn out.

Never explain. Never apologize.