“Moderation in war is imbecility.”
Admiral John Fisher (1841 to 1920)
John Arbuthnot Fisher was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and entered the Royal Navy at the age of 13, joining the Victory at Portsmouth on 12 June 1854.
He served in the Crimean War (1859 to 1860), saw action at Alexandria (1882), appointed to the Admiralty Board (1892), became First Sea Lord (1904), and retired in January 1910.
He was persuaded to return to the office of First Sea Lord in 1914 by Winston Churchill, but dramatically resigned on 15 May 1915 over the conduct of the Gallipoli affair.