161 Boat Quotes to Inspire and Navigate Your Journey to Success

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Top 10 Boat Quotes (BEST)

  1. When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  2. How strange! You seek guidance, yet you do not tread its path, surely a boat does not sail on land. — Al-Shafi‘i
  3. We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. 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
  5. The great religions are the ships, Poets the life boats. Every sane person I know has jumped overboard. — Hafez
  6. 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
  7. Whatever is stealing your peace and rocking your boat, what ever is taking your smile away, reach down, pick it up, and throw it overboard. — Jentezen Franklin
  8. At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. — Robin Lee Graham
  9. The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish. — Jacques Yves Cousteau
  10. A boat is safe in the harbor. But this is not the purpose of a boat. — Paulo Coelho

The Most Famous Boat Quotes

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

Believe me my young friend; there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. — Kenneth Grahame

Yo I'm seventeen, already sniffin blow. I tell my friends its asthmary time I itch my throat, I got a new show for MTV, Pimp My Boat. — Tyler, The Creator

Water in the boat is the ruin of the boat, but water under the boat is its support. — Rumi

Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring... 'How to Build a Boat.' — Steven Wright

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Anyone who has to ask about the annual upkeep of a yacht can't afford one. — J. P. Morgan

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

Boats in the harbor are safe but that is not what they are meant for. — Zig Ziglar

I've met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat. These methods of travel seem to attract the kind of people I want to be with. — Hedy Lamarr

My boat strikes something deep. At first sounds of silence, waves. Nothing has happened; Or perhaps everything has happened. and I am sitting in my new life. — Rumi

Short Boat Quotes

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  • Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered. — William Shakespeare
  • Light boats sail swift, though greater hulks draw deep. — William Shakespeare
  • Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing. — Henry David Thoreau
  • Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it. — David Lee Roth
  • Peace doesn't come from finding a lake with no storms. It comes from having Jesus in the boat. — John Ortberg
  • I think we d like life to be like a train..but it turns out to be a sailboat. — Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat. — Saunders
  • Go on, my friend, and fear nothing; you carry Caesar and his fortune in your boat. — Julius Caesar
  • There is no better boat than a horoscope to help a man cross over the sea of life. — Varahamihira
  • As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom. — Coco Chanel

Boat Image Quotes

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Boat quote by Robin Lee Graham

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

Boat quote by Paulo Coelho

A boat is safe in the harbor. But this is not the purpose of a boat. — Paulo Coelho

Boat quote Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
Boat quote by Christie Watson

We must row in whatever boat we find ourselves in. — Christie Watson

Boat quote by Ted Lindsay

My penalty for rocking the boat was being traded. — Ted Lindsay

Boat quote by Vladimir Mayakovsky

The love boat has crashed against the everyday. — Vladimir Mayakovsky

Boat quote The man who rows the boat seldom has time to rock it.
The man who rows the boat seldom has time to rock it.
Boat quote by Wendell Berry

Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you. — Wendell Berry

Boat quote by Patrick F. McManus

There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. — Patrick F. McManus

Boat quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

Boat quote by Joshua Slocum

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

Boat quote by William Shakespeare

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered. — William Shakespeare

Boat quote by Kenichi Ohmae

Rowing harder doesn't help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction. — Kenichi Ohmae

The Open Boat Quotes

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The breeze of grace is always blowing on you. You have to open the sails and your boat will move forward. — Ramakrishna

I played the British Open in 1937. It took a week to get there and a week to get home. I was the low American; finished fourth or fifth. And what it came down to was, I lost a good part of my summer, won $185, and spent $1,000 on boat fare alone. — Byron Nelson

...buying a fly rod in the average city store, that is, joining it up and safely waggling it a bit, is much like seeing a woman's arm protruding from a car window: all one can readily be sure of is that the window is open. — John D. Voelker

A man ... needs to get out in the open air and sweat and blow off the stink. — William Kittredge

Don't try to steer the boat. Don't open shop for yourself. Listen. Keep silent. You are not God's mouthpiece. Try to be an ear, And if you do speak, ask for explanations. — Rumi

Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps, if you have a plan and a course laid out. — John Gardner

I pass my time in the open air on the beach when it is really heavy weather or when the boats go out fishing. — Claude Monet

The biggest danger in sailing is not the open ocean. It's hitting things. So if I have a thousand miles between me and land, a storm doesn't really upset me. If the boat's set up right, you get beat up a little bit, but the boat's going to handle it fine. — John Moffitt

What mattered more than how hard a man rowed was how well everything he did in the boat harmonized with what the other fellows were doing. And a man couldn’t harmonize with his crewmates unless he opened his heart to them. He had to care about his crew. — Daniel James Brown

There is nothing as relaxing as being out on the open sea, listening to the waves and the wind and the sails and voices downstairs yelling "HOW DO YOU FLUSH THESE TOILETS?" — Dave Barry

Speed Boat Quotes

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Launch your boat, blessed youth, and flee at full speed from every form of culture. — Epicurus

I'm working on a speed boat at the moment. Much more exciting. It'll really kick ass, give great photographs for the people in Bible. — Eddie Izzard

There's a plane flying over me and I'm looking forward to being able to relax and not worry about the weather or boat speed. — Ellen MacArthur

A trip to the mainland was a big event and happened maybe once a year, although now you can get across in a speed boat in seven minutes but then it was a long way away. — Jeremy Irons

If the wind is blowing like stink and everything is working right, a twelve-meter sailboat can go eleven and a half or twelve miles an hour, the same speed at which a bond lawyer runs around the Cental Park Reservoir. — P. J. O'Rourke

The US government is like an ocean liner, not like a speed boat. It's harder to turn around than people might think. — Willie Parker

There's a price to pay for the speed, and that is danger. And to push that hard on a boat - it does take a lot out of you and is incredibly stressful. — Ellen MacArthur

My A-number one visceral fear is speed. More than knives or snakes or confined spaces. Speed. I won't even go on a motor boat if I can help it. — Sloane Crosley

I am humbled by the nomination. I got to work with a cast and writers made up of geniuses. The good news is I can finally realize my life long dream and buy my wife a solid gold speed boat. — Will Arnett

Lawrence immediately saw that it was a trick question. You would have to be some kind of idiot to make the facile assumption that the current would add or subtract 5 miles per hour to or from the speed of the boat. — Neal Stephenson

Sail Boat Quotes

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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

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

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

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

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

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

The night before Atlantis sank beneath the waves forever, the members of the MysterySchool set sail from their doomed continent in twelve boats, headed for twelve different points on the globe. — Frederick Lenz

My real log is written in the sea and sky; the sails talking with the rain and the stars amid the sounds of the sea, the silences full of secret things between my boat and me, like the times I spent as a child listening to the forest talk. — Bernard Moitessier

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

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

Paper Boat Quotes

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If you are writing the clearest, truest words you can find and doing the best you can to understand and communicate, this will shine on paper like its own little lighthouse. Lighthouses dont go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. — Anne Lamott

Tomorrow. The word hangs in the air for a moment, both a promise and a threat. Then it floats away like a paper boat, taken from her by the water licking at her ankles. — Thrity Umrigar

One might better try to sail the Atlantic in a paper boat, than try to get to heaven on good works. — Charles Spurgeon

A bogus Congress register can never lead you to Swaraj any more than a paper boat can help you to sail across the Padma. — Mahatma Gandhi

It was a storm in a tea cup, but in politics we sail in paper boats. — Harold MacMillan

These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination. — Rabindranath Tagore

River Boat Quotes

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We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity's demand upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a river-keeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out. — Thomas Mcguane

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

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It's always our self we find in the sea. — E. E. cummings

Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed. — John Gierach

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Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you. — Wendell Berry

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There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. — Patrick F. McManus

I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it's the one thing I can think of that probably doesn't. — John Gierach

Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river. — American Indian Proverbs

The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them. — John Gierach

A river is water is its loveliest form; rivers have life and sound and movement and infinity of variation, rivers are veins of the earth through which the lifeblood returns to the heart — Roderick Haig-Brown

Rocking The Boat Quotes

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There are always a lot of people so afraid of rocking the boat that they stop rowing. We can never get ahead that way. — Harry S. Truman

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My penalty for rocking the boat was being traded. — Ted Lindsay

I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat. — Pierre Trudeau

Arithmetic arithmetock Turn the hands back on the clock How does the ocean rock the boat? How did the razor find my throat? The only strings that hold me here Are tangled up around the pier. — Tom Waits

A man should think when he fishing of all manner and shape of things, flowing as easily through the mind as the light stream among the rocks — Roderick Haig-Brown

It's almost unbelievable where we are as a planet because people have been so afraid of rocking the boat, of putting forth what they really believe, and standing with people who need to be stood with. — Alice Walker

It was just the sort of yatch you'd expect a rock promoter to have. Mirrored ceilings, marble, Jacuzzis and leopard-skin everything, it made the merely vulgar seem commonplace. — Pamela Anderson

Love is as varied and unpredictable as the rain is: it comes in constant summer drizzles, or sudden, unforseen storms that make rivers burst their banks and Cornish fishing boats rock and spill and lose their crew in the Atlantic. — Susan Fletcher

A marriage is like a long trip in a tiny row boat: if one passenger starts to rock the boat, the other has to steady it, otherwise, they will go to the bottom together. — David Reuben

Love is as varied and unpredictable as the rain is: it comes in constant summer drizzles, or sudden, unforseen storms that make rivers burst their banks and Cornish fishing boats rock and spill and lose their crew in the Atlantic. — Susan Fletcher

Love Boat Quotes

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The love boat has crashed against the everyday. — Vladimir Mayakovsky

Freedom-loving people around the world must say . . . I am a refugee in a crowded boat foundering off the coast of Vietnam. I am Laotian, a Cambodian, a Cuban, and a Miskito Indian in Nicaragua. I, too, am a potential victim of totalitarianism. — Ronald Reagan

Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling. I love getting on trains and boats and planes. — Alan Rickman

I love the ocean. Boats, not so much. — Jeff Goldblum

Someday, we’ll run into each other again, I know it. Maybe I’ll be older and smarter and just plain better. If that happens, that’s when I’ll deserve you. But now, at this moment, you can’t hook your boat to mine, because I’m liable to sink us both. — Gabrielle Zevin

I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat - a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second. — Nina Simone

I'm uncomfortable with being famous. I hate it. But I love making music. I love getting paid to do it, and I love getting on my boat after I get paid to do it. — Kenny Chesney

I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don't know what's on the other end. Your imagination is under there. — Robert Altman

I may be 5 ft. 3 in., but my team makes me feel like I'm 10 feet tall, and it's a beautiful relationship. My teammates rely on me to lead and unite them with my words, and I love that my words make the boat go fast. — Mary Whipple

I love being a woman. You can cry. You get to wear pants now. If you're on a boat and it's going to sink, you get to go on the rescue boat first. You get to wear cute clothes. It must be a great thing, or so many men wouldn't be wanting to do it. — Gilda Radner

Row Boats Quotes

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We must row in whatever boat we find ourselves in. — Christie Watson

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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Rowing harder doesn't help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction. — Kenichi Ohmae

Prayer and praise are the oars by which a man may row his boat into the deep waters of the knowledge of Christ. — Charles Spurgeon

It's easier in some ways being on the life raft and the other guy's in the boat and you can row alongside and be supportive. In some ways, that's an easier role. — Sayings

Only those who row the boat make waves — Christina Dodd

Most people are rowing against the current of life. Instead of turning the boat around, all they need to do is let go of the oars. — Esther Hicks

Little boats should keep near shore — Benjamin Franklin

Nodding the head does not row the boat. — Irish Proverbs

I jumped in the river, what did I see? Black-eyed angels swam with me A moon full of stars and astral cars And all the figures I used to see All my lovers were there with me All my past and futures And we all went to heaven in a little row boat There was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt. — Thom Yorke

Rowboat Quotes

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All projects are different, but you have to treat each one of them with care. Sometimes you get to build a luxury yacht; other times, it'll be a rowboat. You still have to make sure the thing doesn't spring a leak. — Stefan G. Bucher

The sea is endless when you are in a rowboat. — Adolfo Bioy Casares

It is not wise for a man who can get seasick in a rowboat on a mill-pond to attack a Japanese dinner just after a seventeen days voyage across the Pacific. — John Fox, Jr.

Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking tartar sauce with you. — Zig Ziglar

I'm so optimistic, I'd go after Moby Dick in a rowboat and take the tartar sauce with me. — Zig Ziglar

For me, the music is always like the small rowboat I get into at the very beginning of my process. — Jim Jarmusch

Ladies have come up with all these expressions to reassure men. "Oh, honey, it's not the size of the ship, it's the motion of the ocean." That may be true, but it takes a long time to get to England in a rowboat. — Jeff Foxworthy

Michael died five years ago this January, and the first thing that really struck me about the script was the part about her peeling off from the funeral and just getting into a rowboat and having a real kind of cry where nobody was. — Judi Dench

And it occurs to me that if I were aboard a rowboat floating in the middle of all the beer I've drunk in a lifetime, I'd never be able to see the shore. — Al Purdy

To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth all the years of sorrow that are to come. — Jack Gilbert

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More Boat Quotes

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The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat. — Jacques Yves Cousteau

The wilderness does not make you forget your normal life so much as it removes the distractions for proper remembering. — Jim Harrison

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. — Anne Lamott

You know how this is: if I look at the crystal moon, at the red branch of the slow autumn at my window, if I touch near the fire the impalpable ash or the wrinkled body of the log, everything carries me to you, as if everything that exists, aromas, light, metals, were little boats that sail toward those isles of yours that wait for me. — Pablo Neruda

If you deconstruct Greece, you will in the end see an olive tree, a grapevine, and a boat remain. That is, with as much, you reconstruct her. — Odysseas Elytis

I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along. But I soon found that I would have to go against the current. — Dwight L. Moody

Get out of the boat. Face your fears. Fail. Learn. Adjust. Try again. And watch God do more than you can imagine. — Craig Groeschel

The moon and sun are travelers through eternity. Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. — Matsuo Basho

Fear is a thief. It robbed Peter of a perfectly good walk on water, & kept the other eleven in the boat. — Bill Johnson

Rats leave a sinking boat. — French Proverbs

When I get a chance to play golf or go on a boat with good people, take the boat out and put some lobsters on the grill, get the ice-cold beer and the cigars - that's heaven here on earth. — Bernie Mac

Then, there was Greenpeace, I remember that when they first started out with the boats in the waters, and the guys in the boats between the whales and the boats that will hunting the whales with spear guns. — Rick Danko

I was head of the Cold Weather Warfare unit within the Special Boat Service. My job was to do extreme climbs, learn about new technology, and create new ideas on how to operate in those conditions. — Nirmal Purja

Don't try to behave as though you were essentially sane and naturally good. We're all demented sinners in the same cosmic boat - and the boat is perpetually sinking. — Aldous Huxley

One should be surrounded by people who can help. We are all sitting in the same boat. — Emmanuelle Charpentier

From the sea came a boat with some Israeli commando soldiers who took me by the commando boat to the yacht and put me on the yacht. In the yacht I asked people, who are you. And they said we are Israelis, French and British. — Mordechai Vanunu

Oh yeah - I watched Knife in the Water, saw the shot, and repeated it. But even if I hadn't seen that film, inevitably the camera would've ended up on top of that mast, I mean if you think of it there are only so many dynamic shots on a boat. — Phillip Noyce

In Conclusion

2. Boat quotes also emphasize the tranquility and serenity that comes with being on a boat. They evoke a sense of calmness as we float along the peaceful waters, away from the chaos of life on land. These quotes encourage us to find solace and rejuvenation in the simple pleasures of boating, such as feeling the gentle breeze, hearing the rhythmic sounds of water lapping against the hull, and basking in the beauty of nature. Boat quotes inspire us to appreciate the peaceful moments we find on the water and to cherish the tranquility that boats can bring into our lives.

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