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

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To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest.


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


Deterrence is the art of producing, in the mind of the enemy, the fear to attack.


Somehow it is the male's duty to put the best years of his life into work he doesn't like in order that he may "retire" and enjoy himself as soon as he is too old to do so. This is more than just the system - it is the credo. It is the same thing that prompted Thoreau to say, in 1839: 'The majority of men lead lives of quiet desperation.'


I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can't afford it.

What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine — and before we know it our lives are gone.


The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.


There's nothing wrong with being an actor, if that's what a man wants.

But there's everything wrong with achieving an exalted status simply because one photographs well and is able to handle dialogue".


Wind to a sailor is what money is to life on shore.


I don't think I'll have to kill her. Just slap that pretty face into hamburger meat, that's all.


There's is not enough money in Hollywood to lure me into making another picture with Joan Crawford. And I like money.