Sailing Quotes

Sailing Quotes – Part I

There are a great many sailing quotes from a great many great writers.  So lets start with a very popular sailing quote and one that gets posted on many a Lovesail profile.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain 

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Yves Cousteau

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. – Isak Dinesen

All loose things seem to drift down to the sea, and so did I. – Louis L’Amour

Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be. –  Horatio Nelson

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William A. Ward

When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land. – Dr. Samuel Johnson

There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity. – Thomas Gibbons

The chance of mistakes are about equal to the number of crew squared. -Ted Turner

Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails.” – Unknown

It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better. -Sir Francis Drake

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. – Kenneth Grahame

There is nothing more enticing, enchanting and enslaving than the life at sea. – Joseph Conrad

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. – Antoine de Saint Exupery


If you enjoyed out sailing quotes have a look at our ocean quotes.  More sailing quotes to follow over the coming months.


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