Patrick O'Brian Quotes.

11. "He that would make a pun would pick a pocket."
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

12. "Sheep ain't poetical."
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

13. "Oh, as far as unsexing is concerned, who are we to throw stones? With us any girl that cannot find a husband is unsexed. If she is very high or very low she may go her own way, with the risks entailed therein, but otherwise she must either have no sex or he disgraced. She burns, and she is ridiculed for burning. To say nothing of male tyranny—a wife or a daughter being a mere chattel in most codes of law or custom—and brute force—to say nothing to that, hundreds of thousands of girls are in effect unsexed every generation: and barren women are as much despised as eunuchs. I do assure you, Martin, that if I were a woman I should march out with a flaming torch and a sword; I should emasculate right and left. As for the women of the pahi, I am astonished at their moderation."
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

14. "men strike out their permanent characters; or have those characters struck into them"
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

15. "Up and up they went, still a cable's length apart; but slowly, for the ape was footsore and despondent. As for Stephen, by the sixth-hundred step his calves and thighs were ready to burst, and at each rise now they forced themselves upon his attention. Up and up, up and up until the ridge was no great way off at last. But before they reached it, the path took another turn; and when he too came round the corner he was on top of the ape. She was sitting on a stone, resting her feet. He scarcely knew what to do; it seemed an intrusion. 'God be with you, ape.' he said in Irish, which in his confusion seemed more appropriate."
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

16. "A little after moonrise Stephen woke. Extreme hunger had brought on cramps in his midriff again and he held his breath to let them pass: Jack was still sitting there, the tiller under his knee, the sheet in his hand, as though he had never moved, as though he were as immoveable as the Rock of Gibraltar and as unaffected by hunger, thirst, fatigue, or despondency. In this light he even looked rock-like, the moon picking out the salient of his nose and jaw and turning his broad shoulders and upper man into one massive block. He had in fact lost almost as much weight as a man can lose and live, and in the day his shrunken, bearded face with deep-sunk eyes was barely recognizable; but the moon showed the man unchanged."
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

17. "Clap on with both hands, sir - never say die - one more heave and we're home, safe and dry."
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

18. "Sometimes you receive a knock in action: it may be your death-wound or just a scratch"
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

19. "I do not say that all lawyers are bad, but I do maintain that the general tendency is bad: standing up in a court for whichever side has paid you, affecting warmth and conviction, and doing everything you can to win the case, whatever your private opinion may be, will soon dull any fine sense of honour. The mercenary soldier is not a valued creature, but at least he risks his life, whereas these men merely risk their next fee. -Stephen Maturin, The Reverse of the Medal"
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

20. "The sensation of falling into the past is not unlike that of coming home for the holidays."
- Quote by Patrick O'Brian

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