John Paul Jones
Whoever can surprise well must conquer.
If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.
An honorable Peace is and always was my first wish! I can take no delight in the effusion of human Blood; but, if this War should continue, I wish to have the most active part in it.
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.
I have not yet begun to fight!
It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.