Boats And Sailing Quotes

Boats And Sailing Quotes by Walt Whitman, Joshua Slocum, Ernest Hemingway, Ernest K. Gann, Joseph Conrad, William Shakespeare and many others.

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

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done.
Walt Whitman
I was born in the breezes, and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else.
Joshua Slocum
The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.
Ernest Hemingway
I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2.
Ernest K. Gann
Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.
Joseph Conrad
O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done, / The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won
Walt Whitman
There is a tide in the affairs of men
William Shakespeare
He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger.
Hammond Innes
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 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
I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear,
or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.
Richard Bode
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
Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.
Brooks Atkinson
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
It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.
Francis Drake
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
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