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- When a man who is drinking neat gin starts talking about his mother he is past all argument.
- "I did not ask for objections, but for comments, or helpful suggestions. I looked for more loyalty from you, Captain Hornblower." That made the whole argument pointless. If Leighton only wanted servile agreement there was no sense in continuing.
- The lucky man is he who knows how much to leave to chance.
- Lord Hornblower (1946), p. 52.