Quotes and Expressions Inspired by the Sea

In Sea affairs, nothing is impossible, and nothing is improbable.’                                                                                                                     Admiral Lord Nelson, writing from HMS Victory in 1804

ὦκα δ᾽ ἐφοπλίσσαντες ἐνήσομεν εὐρέι πόντῳ.                                                                               When that ship has been made ready and is fit to sail, we’ll launch it out into the broad sea.                                                                      Homer, Odyssey, Book B, Line 295

Bundìn er bàtlaus mađur  (Bound is boatless man)                                                                                                                                               Norwegian (Viking) Expression

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.                                                                                                                                                         Mark Twain

If you want discoveries to be made, let your ships sail a bit haphazardly on the high seas.                                                                             Harvey Sachs

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.                                                                                                                                                                        John F. Kennedy

But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Khalil Gibran

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.                                                                                                  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.                                                                                                                                                                Saint Augustine

When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eric Cantona

There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.                                                                                                            William Shakespeare

Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Khalil Gibran

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.                                                                                                     Thomas Jefferson

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.                                                                                                 William Shakespeare

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.                                                                                                                      Khalil Gibran

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.                                                                                             John Lubbock

As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God.                                                                                                 Swami Vivekananda

As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.                                                                                                       Marcus Tullius Cicero

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.                                                                                                           Anne Morrow Lindbergh

O wise man! Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.                                                                                                                                                               Chanakya

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

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Aristotle Onassis

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.                                                                                                                           Vincent Van Gogh

When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.                                                                                                                                                   George Burns

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.                                                                                                               Rabindranath Tagore

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.                                                                                                                                                                                                William Cowper

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.                                                                                                                     Charles Caleb Colton

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.                                                                                                                                         Christopher Columbus

Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.                                                                                                                  Robert N. Rose

You can’t change the wind, you can, however, adjust your sails.                                                                                                                        Unknown

Hoist your sail when the wind is fair.                                                                                                                                                                          Proverb

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.                                                                                                                                                                                    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The cure for anything is saltwater — sweat, tears, or the sea.                                                                                                                                Isak Dinesen

She sent him a warm and gentle wind,                                                                                                  and Lord Odysseus was happy                                                                                                                  as he set his sails to catch the breeze.                                                                                                    He sat beside the steering oar                                                                                                                and used his skill to steer the raft.                                                                                                                                                                                Homer

There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seems to speak of some hidden soul beneath…                                                                                                                                                                   Herman Melville

If one does not know to which port one is sailing no wind is favorable.                                                                                                               Seneca

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.                                                                                                                        Willa Cather

To young men contemplating a voyage, I would say go.                                                                                                                                          Joshua Slocum

He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.                                                                                                                     Thomas Fuller

That’s what a ship is, you know – it’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs. But what a ship is,… really is, is freedom.                                                                                                                                            Captain Jack Sparrow

Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea, they must face up.                                                                                                                                                                         Henry David Thoreau

My soul is full of longing, For the secret of the Sea,                                                                             And the heart of the great ocean, Sends a thrilling pulse through me.                                                                                                             Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Build a deck high up on it, so it can carry you across the misty sea.                                                     I’ll provision it with as much food and water and red wine                                                                  as you will need to satisfy your wants. I’ll give you                                                                        clothes and send a favoring wind blowing from your stern,                                                                so you may reach your own native land unharmed,                                                                               if the gods are willing, the ones who hold wide heaven,                                                                whose will and force are mightier than my own.                                                                                                                                                 Calypso to Odysseus – Homer

To be successful at sea we must keep things simple.                                                                                                                                         Pete Culler

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.                                                                                                                                            William Shakespeare


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