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
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
- Francis Herreshoff
control the wind but I can adjust the sail.”
- Ricky Skaggs
we are lucky enough to know our lives have been changed, to discard the old and
embrace the new and run headlong down an immutable course. It happened to me…
on that summer’s day when my eyes were opened to the sea."
- Jacques Yves-Cousteau
"Wind to a sailor is what money is to life on shore."
- Sterling Hayden
"Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk."
- Sir Francis Chichester
never was a great man yet who spent all his life inland."
- Herman Melville
"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
"Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit."
literature is richer than that of the sea. no story is more enthralling,
tradition is more secure."
- Felix Riesenberg
"Of all the things that man has made, no is so full of interest and charm,
none possesses so distinct a life and character of its own, as a ship."
- Henry Van Dyke
"I start from the premise that no object created by man
is as satisfying to his body and soul as a proper sailing yacht."
- Arthur Beiser
"At sea, I
learned how little a person needs, not how much."
- Robin Lee Graham
"I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
- Jimmy Dean
"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
"Wind is to
us what money is to life on shore."
"The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator."
- Edmund Gibbon
"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
your preparations for the sea are poor;
the sea worms its way in and finds the
- Francis Stokes
"There are three sorts of people;
those who are alive,
those who are dead,
and those who are at sea."
"I must go down to the seas again,
to the lonely sea and the sky,
and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
and the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
and a gray mist on the sea's face,
and a gray dawn breaking."
- John Masefield
"Men in a
ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down."
"If one does not know to which port one is sailing no wind is favorable."
"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 harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore! Dream! Discover!"
- Mark Twain
have the courage to lose sight of the shore,
you will not know the terror of
being forever lost at sea."
- Charles Cook
"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... is freedom."
- Capt. Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
"Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made,
for somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid."
- Robert N. Rose
two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground.
One never left port and the
other was an atrocious liar."
"It's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind
can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living."
- Ernest K. Gann
"She had a voice of silver and lips of coral red.
She climbed the dolphin-striker and kissed the figure-head."
- Crosbie Garstin
"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
"A small craft in an ocean is, or
should be, a benevolent dictatorship."
"The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails."
-William Arthur Ward