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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Ocean Quotes

Ocean quotes to inspire you.

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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