Quotes on Sailing And Wind

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

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

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

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

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

The questions that used to bother me at times, do not weigh anything before the immensity of a wake so close to the sky and filled with the wind of the sea Bernard Moitessier

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

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

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

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

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

What child has a heart to sing in this capricious clime of ours, when spring comes sailing in from the sea, with wet and heavy cloud-sails and the misty pennon of the east-wind nailed to the mast. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship. Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Learn how to read the love letters sent by the wind and rain, the snow and moon. Ikkyu

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

My wind is turned to bitter north, That was so soft a south before; My sky, that shone so sunny bright, With foggy gloom is clouded o'er My gay green leaves are yellow-black, Upon the dank autumnal floor; For love, departed once, comes back No more again, no more. Arthur Hugh Clough

I don't need any more press. I get enough when I work, but environmental causes is one place where you can get me to open my mouth. And put my foot in it if necessary. I think the only thing I do that gives me any bragging rights in terms of energy conservation is sailing. Just using wind power. Morgan Freeman

Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

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

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

Every flyer who ventures across oceans to distant lands is a potential explorer; in his or her breast burns the same fire that urged adventurers of old to set forth in their sailing-ships for foreign lands. Jean Batten

My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind. William Falconer

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

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

We knew it would rain, for the poplars showed The white of their leaves, the amber grain Shrunk in the wind,-and the lightning now Is tangled in tremulous skeins of rain. Thomas Bailey Aldrich

If the wind and rain could play guitar, they would sound a lot like Doc Watson Greg Brown

My goal in sailing isn't to be brilliant or flashy in individual races, just to be consistent over the long run. Dennis Conner

Wisdom sails with wind and time. John Florio

Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail. David Hare

If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn't worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it's life or death. Morgan Freeman

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

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. John D Macdonald

It looks like frozen snot. Lewis Francis Herreshoff

It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go. Jim Rohn

Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock. Mahatma Gandhi

The winds are out of breath. John Dryden

The wind is old, but it keeps blowing. Roberto Duran

Separately there was only wind, water, sail, and hull, but at my hand the four had been given purpose and direction. Lowell Thomas

Smell the sea and feel the sky. Van Morrison

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

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

Corn wind in the fall, come off the black lands, come off the whisper of the silk hangers, the lap of the flat spear leaves. Carl Sandburg

hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic... Van Morrison



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