Quotes on Boats And Sailing

The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats. Ernest Hemingway

The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself. John Rousmaniere

The only way to get a good crew is to marry one. Eric Hiscock

I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2. Ernest K. Gann

To reach a port we must set sail Franklin D Roosevelt

I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls. Hugo Vihlen

You do not ask a tame seagull why it needs to disappear from time to time toward the open sea. It goes, that's all. Bernard Moitessier

The sea finds out everything you did wrong. Francis Stokes

The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective. Henry David Thoreau

Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat. Jean-Paul Sartre

For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three. Hilaire Belloc

The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails. Joshua Slocum

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

When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea. Whoopi Goldberg

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

It's out there at sea that you are really yourself. Vito Dumas

Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk. Francis Chichester

Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together. Thomas Fleming Day

Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world. Nicholas Monsarrat

I must go down to the sea again For the call of the running tide It's a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied. John Masefield

Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford. George Matthew Adams

Wind is to us what money is to life on shore. Sterling Hayden

I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full. Arthur Ashe

Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time. Joseph Conrad

To the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out." Francis Chichester

Off Cape Horn there are but two kinds of weather, neither one of them a pleasant kind. John Masefield

I was born in the breezes, and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else. Joshua Slocum

If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most. E B White

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

Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know. Donald Hamilton

There are only two colors to paint a boat, black or white, and only a fool would paint a boat black. Nathanael Greene Herreshoff

I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits. Bernard Moitessier

The ocean has always been a salve to my soul. Jimmy Buffett

O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done, / The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won Walt Whitman

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done. Walt Whitman

A small craft in an ocean is, or should be, a benevolent dictatorship. Tristan Jones

Whenever your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and finds the problems. Francis Stokes

If you can not arrive in daylight, then stand off well clear, and wait until dawn. After all, that's one of the things God made boats for- to wait in. Tristan Jones

Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. Samuel Johnson

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

Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit. Brooks Atkinson

At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. Robin Lee Graham

It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better. Francis Drake

To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift. Franklin D Roosevelt

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

There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does. Alan Villiers

The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place. Arthur Ransome

later down the road of life, i made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land. Jimmy Buffett

There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Kenneth Grahame

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. Herman Melville

I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth, a nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and without borders, where life is lived in the present. In this limitless nation, this nation of wind, light, and peace, there is no other ruler besides the sea. Bernard Moitessier

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company. Samuel Johnson

Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him. Charles Davis

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

For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze. Richard Bode

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over. John Masefield

There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not. Kenneth Grahame

The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. Edward Gibbon

When you can't change the direction of the wind - adjust your sails H Jackson Brown Jr

All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by. John Masefield

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by. John Masefield

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

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 sea as soon as I can. Herman Melville

Not all who wander are lost Ann Brashares

The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. Dale Carnegie

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. George Carlin

To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea 'cruising' it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about. Sterling Hayden

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. H Jackson Brown Jr

I wanted to be a doctor in sports medicine; I was into sailing and all that sort of thing. Christopher Atkins

It's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living. Ernest K. Gann

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

The sea drives truth into a man like salt. Hilaire Belloc

I can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail. Ricky Skaggs

Design has taken the place of what sailing used to be. Dennis Conner

There is a time in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. William Shakespeare

A sailing ship is no democracy; you don't caucus a crew as to where you'll go anymore than you inquire when they'd like to shorten sail. Sterling Hayden

But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest. Like a Coach and six-the swiftest Horses must be slackened and the slowest quickened, that all may keep an even Pace. John Adams

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable. Seneca the Younger

There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity. Thomas Gibbons

There is a tide in the affairs of men William Shakespeare

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