When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Revolutionary Sailing And The Sea quotations
Smell the sea and feel the sky.
I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.
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 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.
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.
Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.
Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.
My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.
The ocean has always been a salve to my soul.
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.
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.
The questions that used to bother me at times, do not weigh anything before the immensity of a wake so close to the sky and filled with the wind of the sea
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.
I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.
Darius was clearly of the opinion That the air is also man's dominion, And that, with paddle or fins or pinion, We soon or late Shall navigate The azure, as now we sail the sea.
Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea.
Whenever your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and finds the problems.
A small craft in an ocean is, or should be, a benevolent dictatorship.
Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.
It's out there at sea that you are really yourself.
The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.
The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.
Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world.
Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together.
There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity.
I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls.
Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know.
Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
The wind of God's grace is incessantly blowing.
Lazy sailors on the sea of life do not take advantage of it. But the active and strong always keep the sails of their minds unfurled to catch the favorable winds and thus reach their destination very soon.
Behold the threaden sails, Borne with the invisible and creeping wind, Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow'd sea, Breasting the lofty surge
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.
The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas.
The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.
Since my childhood I learned that to understand the world we need to go further and take the risks of sailing in unknown seas.
The hawk is aerial brother of the wave which he sails over and surveys, those his perfect air-inflated wings answering to the elemental unfledged pinions of the sea.
In the love of narrow souls I make many short voyages but in vain-I find no sea room-but in great souls I sail before the wind without a watch, and never reach the shore.
It is easier to sail many thousand miles through cold and storm and cannibals, ina government ship, with five hundred men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of one's being alone.
Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up.
The young sailor at sea was ordered to climb a mast to adjust a sail during a violent storm. He got halfway up, looked down, got dizzy and sick. An old sailor on deck shouted up to him Look up, son, look up. Young sailor looked up, regained his composure, and completed his mission. Moral: Look ahead, not back.
I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.
Sailing has given me some of the most pleasant and exciting moments of my life.
It also has taught me something of the courage, resourcefulness, and strength of men who sail the seas in ships.
There are only two options for a ship: Either to sail to the sea and fight with the waves or rot in a port! The same is valid for the man!
If you have decided to sail to the sea with great courage and determination, even the storm on the horizon will step aside!
Some sit and watch the life; some sail to the sea and the life watches them!