When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Valuable Boats And Sailing quotations
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.
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.
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.
Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.
Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.
To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest.
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.
The ocean has always been a salve to my soul.
It's out there at sea that you are really yourself.
The breeze of grace is always blowing on you.
You have to open the sails and your boat will move forward.
There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship. At that time you can be equal to Ulysses and brother to him.
Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.
The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.
A small craft in an ocean is, or should be, a benevolent dictatorship.
Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world.
The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.
I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls.
Whenever your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and finds the problems.
I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.
Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know.
Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together.
For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three.
The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.
God bless this tiny little boat, And me who travels in it.
It stays afloat for years and years, And sinks within a minute. And so the soul in which we sail, Unknown by years of thinking, Is deeply felt and understood, The minute that it’s sinking.
When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea.
To the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out."
The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done.
The sea finds out everything you did wrong.
Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.
Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down.
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.
I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2.
There are only two colors to paint a boat, black or white, and only a fool would paint a boat black.