145 Sailing Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of sailing quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about ships are made for sailing.

Short Sailing Quotes

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  • I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. — Jimmy Dean
  • When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Smell the sea and feel the sky. — Van Morrison
  • How strange! You seek guidance, yet you do not tread its path, surely a boat does not sail on land. — Al-Shafi‘i
  • I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. — Louisa May Alcott
  • I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea. — Alain Gerbault
  • The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail. — Ramakrishna
  • When the winds of life don't hit your sails, you grab the oars of life and you start pushing. — Greg Plitt
  • At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. — Robin Lee Graham
  • It is not the direction of the wind that determines your destination. It is the set of your sail. — Jim Rohn
Sailing quote The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the r
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjust the sails.

Boats And Sailing Quotes

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When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

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

Sailing quote The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The l
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.

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

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

Sailing quote We cant direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
We cant direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

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

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

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

Sailing And The Sea Quotes

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When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Smell the sea and feel the sky. — Van Morrison

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

Sailing quote Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankfu
Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as smooth sailing.

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

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

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. — John F. Kennedy

Sailing quote I can't always change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to al
I can't always change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

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

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

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

I went to sea from the most tender age and have continued in a sea life to this day. Whoever gives himself up to this art wants to know the secrets of Nature here below. It is more than forty years that I have been thus engaged. Wherever any one has sailed, there I have sailed. — Christopher Columbus

Sailing And Wind Quotes

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When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Smell the sea and feel the sky. — Van Morrison

When the winds of life don't hit your sails, you grab the oars of life and you start pushing. — Greg Plitt

Sailing quote We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

Windmills, which are used in the great plains of Holland and North Germany to supply the want of falling water, afford another instance of the action of velocity. The sails are driven by air in motion - by wind. — Hermann von Helmholtz

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May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks. — J. R. R. Tolkien

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 quote Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn'
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw of the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

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

She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. — Elizabeth Edwards

Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops Sail o'er the canyons and up to the stars And reach for the heavens and hope for the future And all that we can be and not what we are. — John Denver

Sail while the breeze blows, wind and tide wait for no man. — Danish Proverbs

Sailboat Quotes

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

Go with the wind, you know, like a sailboat. I think that's really important when it comes to peace… inner peace especially. You can't help anyone else if you don't have it together for yourself. — Jhene Aiko

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

Sailing quote I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.

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

I try to look at this music career thing as the means to an end. And really, at the end of it, I see myself on a sailboat, sailing off the edge of the world. — Michelle Shocked

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

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

It's out there at sea that you are really yourself. — Vito Dumas

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. — Errol Flynn

Fishing Boats 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

The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish. — 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

Sailing quote We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sail
We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sail

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

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

Sailing quote I am not afraid of storm for I am learning how to sail my ship.
I am not afraid of storm for I am learning how to sail my ship.

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

The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it. — Patrick Young

Sailing Ships Quotes

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When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. — Louisa May Alcott

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

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

What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul. — Corrie Ten Boom

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

Sailing quote Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds. Explore. Dream. Discover.

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

If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends. — John Enoch Powell

The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea. — Ovid

O my son! The dunya (world) is a deep ocean in which many have drowned! Let your ship be taqwallah (fear of Allah), and load your ship with Iman-billah (believe in Allah), and let her sail be tawakkal (trust) on Allah! Insha'Allah you will survive then. — Luqman

Sailing And Love Quotes

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I am in love with this world . . . I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings. — John Burroughs

I sail with you on the ocean of my dreams to a far away distant Place of great beauty and tranquility. where suffering and pain do not exist, where we give praises for our joy and happiness, where our Love interwines with Love for all things. — Rumi

As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts. — Herman Melville

I grew up on the beaches of Southern California surfing and sailing and I've always loved horses so it was part of my dream that I was able to fulfill to have horses. — Bo Derek

I love sailing and water sports; whether it's water skiing, body boarding or surfing or simply swimming in the ocean. — Karolina Kurkova

It's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living. — Ernest K. Gann

I am driven out of fatherlands and motherlands. Thus I now love only my children's land, yet undiscovered, in the farthest sea; for this I bid my sails search and search. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Ay me! for aught that ever I could read, could ever hear by tale or history, the course of true love never did run smooth. — William Shakespeare

There's a lot of women out there, some of whom are my age who've never been married and some who have been married and would like to be married again but think their ship has sailed, and I'm like, 'Oh no, honey, let Miss Niecy show you it is never too late for love!' — Niecy Nash

For hours, in fall days, I watched the ducks cunningly tack and veer and hold the middle of the pond, far from the sportsman;... but what beside safety they got by sailing in the middle of Walden I do not know, unless they love its water for the same reason that I do. — Henry David Thoreau

Sailors And The Sea Quotes

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

All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken. — Thomas Wolfe

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

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

And the voices in the waves are always whispering to Florence, in their ceaseless murmuring, of love - of love, eternal and illimitable, not bounded by the confines of this world, or by the end of time, but ranging still, beyond the sea, beyond the sky, to the invisible country far away! — Charles Dickens

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

Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world. — Nicholas Monsarrat

There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity. — Thomas Gibbons

I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls. — Hugo Vihlen

Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together. — Thomas Fleming Day

Row Boats Quotes

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Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat. — Saunders

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

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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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

People Writing About Sailing

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More Sailing Quotes

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Sailing quote by Louisa May Alcott

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. — Louisa May Alcott

Sailing quote by Alain Gerbault

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

Sailing quote by Robin Lee Graham

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

Sailing quote by J. R. R. Tolkien

May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Sailing quote by Walt Whitman

Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find." — Walt Whitman

Sailing quote by Dolly Parton

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. — Dolly Parton

Sailing quote by Joshua Slocum

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

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. — Jimmy Dean

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain

When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Smell the sea and feel the sky. — Van Morrison

How strange! You seek guidance, yet you do not tread its path, surely a boat does not sail on land. — Al-Shafi‘i

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. — William Arthur Ward

The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail. — Ramakrishna

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

The magnetic needle always points to the north, and hence it is that sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness. — Ramakrishna

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

Sail the main course in a simple sturdy craft. Keep her well stocked with short stories and long laughs. Go fast enough to get there but slow enough to see. Moderation seems to be the key. — Jimmy Buffett

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

When the winds of life don't hit your sails, you grab the oars of life and you start pushing. — Greg Plitt

It is not the direction of the wind that determines your destination. It is the set of your sail. — Jim Rohn

It was the Lord who put into my mind that fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures. — Christopher Columbus

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

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

What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul. — Corrie Ten Boom

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

We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again — G. Campbell Morgan

Windmills, which are used in the great plains of Holland and North Germany to supply the want of falling water, afford another instance of the action of velocity. The sails are driven by air in motion - by wind. — Hermann von Helmholtz

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. — Hanmer Parsons Grant

The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails. — Ramakrishna

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. — John F. Kennedy

You wouldn't think such a place as San Francisco could exist. The wonderful sunlight there, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes. Beautiful Chinatown. Every race in the world. The sardine fleets sailing out. The little cable-cars whizzing down The City hills. And all the people are open and friendly. — Dylan Thomas

Unfurl the sails, and let God steer us where He will. — Venerable Bede

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

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

If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends. — John Enoch Powell

The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea. — Ovid

To adjust the sails according to the wind. — Icelandic Proverbs

O my son! The dunya (world) is a deep ocean in which many have drowned! Let your ship be taqwallah (fear of Allah), and load your ship with Iman-billah (believe in Allah), and let her sail be tawakkal (trust) on Allah! Insha'Allah you will survive then. — Luqman

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

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

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

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

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