OLD SALT – NAUTICAL QUOTATIONS

Aegean Sea!

Aegean Sea!

OLD SALT – MARITIME WORDS OF WISDOM

“The man, who has experienced shipwreck, shudders even at a calm sea.”                                      Ovid

“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

“Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea.”                                                                                                                                          Charles Cook

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”                                                                                                                                                  William Arthur Ward

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

“The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.”                                           Edmund Gibbon

“There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.”                       Joseph Conrad

“It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.”          George William Curtis

“He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger.”                             Hammond Ines

“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

“The cabin of a small yacht is truly a wonderful thing; not only will it shelter you from a tempest, but from the other troubles in life, it is a safe retreat.”                                                                   Francis Herreshoff, Boat Designer

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”                                            Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

“Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to the sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.”                                       Herman Melville

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

Hamburg Achitecture

Hamburg Achitecture

“The sea finds out everything you did wrong.”                 Francis Stokes

“Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails.”                                                                                         Euripides

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, 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

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

“It takes just one wave to capsize a boat, and one more to take it down.”                                        Federico Chini, The Sea Of Forgotten Memories

“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”                                                            Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

“For the bored souls, sometimes sea is the best answer!”                                                            Mehmet Murat ildan

“They that go down to the sea in ships; and occupy their business in great waters; these men see the works of the Lord; and His wonders in the deep”                                                                    Book of Common Prayer

“On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail, Reason the card, but passion is the gale.”                    Alexander Pope, Essay on Man

“I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.”                                               Alaine Gerbault

“It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.”                                                 Sir Francis Drake

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Give him a fishing lesson and he’ll sit in a boat drinking beer every weekend.”                                                                                                                          Alex Blackwell

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.”                                                                                                                        William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.                              The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sunset in the Aegean Sea!

Sunset in the Aegean Sea!


Images: Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co. © 2013 All rights reserved

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