Explore Dream Discover

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

Many of you will be familiar with these three words.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.  They are taken from the end of a quote which is attributed to Mark Twain.  I see it a lot.  It’s a very popular quote and one which adorns the profile of many a sailor on Lovesail.  Here is the quote in its entirety:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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Sea Quotes

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Sea Quotes – Quotes inspired by the sea

Here are some quotes relating to the sea and sailing.  Be inspired to throw off those bowlines, sail away from that safe harbour and Explore.  Dream.  Discover.


“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” – An old Norwegian adage.

“The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails” – Joshua Slocum first man to sail single-handed around the world.

“I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits” – Bernard Moitessier, French sailor and author.

“Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down”
– John Masefield, English poet and writer.

“One hand for the ship and one hand for you” – Jim Jensen

“Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together” – Thomas Fleming Day, yacht designer.

“The sea drives truth into a man like salt” – Hilaire Belloc, writer and historian.

“The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea” – Isak Dinesen, Danish author.

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm” –  Syrus Publilius, latin writer.

“There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship. At that time you can be equal to Ulysses and brother to him” – Errol Flynn, actor.

“The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator” – Edmund Gibbon, English historian and writer.

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds” – Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate.


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Beach Quotes

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Beach Quotes from Lovesail

Beach Quotes to transport you to the seashore…..

To myself, I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me – Sir Isaac Newton


The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primaeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach – Henry Beston


To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude – Jeanne Moreau


Don’t grow up too quickly, for you shouldn’t forget how much you love the beach – Michelle Held


My life is like a stroll on the beach…as near to the edge as I can go – Thoreau


On the beach, you can live in bliss – Dennis Wilson


May your time be filled with relaxing sunsets, cool drinks and sand between your toes – unknown


Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does – John Kenneth Galbraith


Where does a wise man kick a pebble? On the beach. Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest – G.K. Chesterton


I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me – Anna Quindlen


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Ocean Quotes

Ocean quotes to inspire you.

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Maybe it’s because our planet is more water than earth that we feel an affinity to the ocean.  So if you find yourself miles from the ocean here are a few thought proving ocean quotes to take you to the shore.


May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam – unknown


You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty – Mahatma Gandhi


But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean – H. P. Lovecraft


The ocean is a mighty harmonist – William Wordsworth


It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.  We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea–whether it is to sail or to watch it–we are going back from whence we came –  John F. Kennedy


What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams – Werner Herzog


We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop – Mother Teresa


The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error – Voltaire


How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean – Arthur C. Clarke


I love being by the ocean. It stills the voices in my head – Chris Weitz 


From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free – Jacques Yves Cousteau 



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Sailing Quotes

Sailing Quotes – Part I

There are a great many sailing quotes from a great many great writers.  So let’s 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 is credited with this quote but it does not in fact come from him.

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

The cure for anything is saltwater: 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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