Quotes on Nautical

It is the weather, not work, that wears out sails. Thomas Fleming Day

Headwinds are sore vexations and the more passengers the sorer. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be. Ella Maillart

Only fools and passengers drink at sea. Alan Villiers

The ocean is an object of no small terror. Edmund Burke

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

Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear. Buzzy Trent

The best that science can devise and that naval organization can provide must be regarded only as an aid, and never as a substitute for good seamanship. Chester W Nimitz

One cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow. Richard Francis Burton

Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow. Richard Burton

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

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

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

It takes a minimum of six people, working in close harmony, to successfully flush a nautical toilet. That's why those old ships carried such large crews. Dave Barry

I once knew a writer who, after saying beautiful things about the sea, passed through a Pacific hurricane, and he became a changed man. Joshua Slocum

No matter how important a man at sea may consider himself, unless he is fundamentally worthy the sea will some day find him out. Felix Riesenberg

The sea finds out everything you did wrong. Francis Stokes

No literature is richer than that of the sea. No story is more enthralling, no tradition is more secure. Felix Riesenberg

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

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

When you're on a boat, 15 nautical miles off the coast and you're with a bunch of fishermen, they don't give two shits about who you are. Tanc Sade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

The thing I realized this last few days is that the earth is a big place. Paul Cayard

Thats what a ship is, you know. Its not a keel and a hull and a deck and sails. Thats what a ship needs. But what a ship is. What the Black Pearl really is . . . is freedom. Johnny Depp

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

It's the quintessential Greek sport: harmonious, competitive, agonizing, nautical, and above all, intelligent. It combines Odysseus's brains and brawn and love of the sea with the tactical precision of the Spartan pikeman. Barry S. Strauss

Spirits rise as the sails fill... Gone is the sea's glassy surface, and with it the terrible glare. Close the hatches and ports! We're sailing again! Jim Moore

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

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

I can't wait for the oil wells to run dry, for the last gob of black, sticky muck to come oozing out of some remote well. Then the glory of sail will return. Tristan Jones

A man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company Samuel Johnson

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. Arthur C Clarke

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

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

A ship is always referred to as 'she' because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder. Chester W Nimitz

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

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

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

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

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

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 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. Lewis Francis Herreshoff

I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea. Alain Gerbault

Right," I scoffed, "Alpha Yam Ergo." Adrian nodded solemnly. "A very old and prestigious society." "I've never heard of them," said the girl who'd claimed the first shirt. "They don't let many people in," he said. In white paint, he wrote his fake fraternity's initials: AYE. "Isn't that what pirates say?" asked one of the girls. "Well, the Alpha Yams have nautical origins," he explained. To my horror he began painting a pirate skeleton riding a motorcycle. "Oh, no," I groaned. "Not the tattoo." "It's our logo," he said. Richelle Mead

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

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

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

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

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

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel. Augustus Hare

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. Walter Scott

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

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

Man marks the earth with ruin - his control stops with the shore. Lord Byron

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