155 Sailing Ships Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Sailing Ships Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind. — William Falconer

The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck. — Paul Virilio

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

I always say that a girl never really looks as well as she does on board a steamship, or even a yacht. — Anita Loos

What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics. — David Lloyd George

If the art of ship-building were in the wood, ships would exist by nature. — Aristotle

Light boats sail swift, though greater hulks draw deep. — William Shakespeare

And the wind plays on those great sonorous harps, the shrouds and masts of ships. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

When one is building a ship, one does not begin with gathering timber and cutting planks, but rather by arousing in people the yearning for the great wide sea. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Short Sailing Ships Quotes

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  • When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better. — Francis Drake
  • There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful. — Fernando Pessoa

Sailing Ships Image Quotes

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Sailing ships quote by Alain Gerbault

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

Sailing ships quote by Robin Lee Graham

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

Sailing ships quote A ship in harbour is safe but thats not what ships are for.
A ship in harbour is safe but thats not what ships are for.
Sailing ships quote by Joshua Slocum

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

Sailing ships 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.

Inspirational Quotes

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Religion is for people who fear hell, spirituality is for people who have been there. — David Bowie

One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life. — Kahlil Gibran

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Life is short. Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly — Paulo Coelho

Sailing ships 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.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. — Helen Keller

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds — Paul the Apostle

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. — John Quincy Adams

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

If God is for us, who can be against us? — Paul the Apostle

The POSITIVE THINKER sees the INVISIBLE, feels the INTANGIBLE, and achieves the IMPOSSIBLE. — Winston Churchill

I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them. — Madam C. J. Walker

Every day may not be good... but there's something good in every day — Alice Morse Earle

Pirate Ships Quotes

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It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed. Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon! While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up. — Charles M. Schulz

A captured pirate was brought before Alexander the Great. “How dare you molest the sea?” asked Alexander. “How dare you molest the whole world?” the pirate replied, and continued: “Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you, doing it with a great navy, are called an emperor. — Noam Chomsky

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. — Mark Twain

Sailing ships quote Entire water of the sea can't sink a ship, unless it gets inside the ship. Simil
Entire water of the sea can't sink a ship, unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly negativity of the world can't put you down unless you allow it to get inside you !

A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. — Johnny Depp

It was a great experience for a kid, because it was a bunch of kids playing on pirate ships and water slides, so looking back on it, it was the fondest experience of my childhood. — Corey Feldman

My fantasy football team got mixed up in another fantasy and now they're stuck on a pirate ship with a chick in a Catwoman suit. — Dana Gould

Sailing ships 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.

Ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and thenthere is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. — William Shakespeare

What's a pirate minus the ship? just a creative homeless guy — Bo Burnham

Even pirates, before they attack another ship, hoist a black flag. — Bela Kiraly

When the king asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: The same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor. — Saint Augustine

Sailing And The Sea Quotes

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Smell the sea and feel the sky. — Van Morrison

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 ships 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.

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

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

Sailing ships 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.

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

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

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. — John Townsend Trowbridge

Boats And Sailing 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

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

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

Sailing ships 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.

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

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

Sailing ships 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.

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

The only way to get a good crew is to marry one. — Eric Hiscock

A small craft in an ocean is, or should be, a benevolent dictatorship. — Tristan Jones

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

Sailboat Quotes

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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

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

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

I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care for money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. The only thing that gives me pleasure, apart from my work, my violin and my sailboat, is the appreciation of my fellow workers. — Albert Einstein

There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does. — Alan Villiers

Wind is to us what money is to life on shore. — Sterling Hayden

I think we d like life to be like a train..but it turns out to be a sailboat. — Barbara Brown Taylor

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

The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails. — Joshua Slocum

When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea. — Whoopi Goldberg

Ships At Sea Quotes

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It’s similar to what sailors feel when they are out at sea – if they meet another ship, they probably feel some kind of brotherhood; it doesn’t matter which flag is on the ship. — Sergei Krikalev

Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press. — Walter Winchell

For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three. — Hilaire Belloc

The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek. — Henry Adams

Spirits rise as the sails fill... Gone is the sea's glassy surface, and with it the terrible glare. Close the hatches and ports! We're sailing again! — Jim Moore

When it comes to politics, one has to do as one at sea with a sailing ship, reach one's course having regard to prevailing winds. — William Lyon Mackenzie King

Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down. — John Masefield

All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by. — John Masefield

The rain is falling all around, It falls on field and tree, It rains on the umbrellas here, And on the ships at sea. - Rain — Robert Louis Stevenson

He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger. — Hammond Innes

Sailing And Wind Quotes

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

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

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

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 can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail. — Ricky Skaggs

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 — Bernard Moitessier

Sailors And The Sea Quotes

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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

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

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

The sea hath no king but God alone. — Dante Gabriel Rossetti

I believe in living, I believe in birth, I believe in the sweat of love and in the fire of truth and I believe that a lost ship, steered by tired, sea sick sailors, can still be guided home to port — Assata Shakur

At last the anchor was up, the sails were set, and off we glided. It was a sharp, cold Christmas; and as the short northern day merged into night, we found ourselves almost broad upon the wintry ocean, whose freezing spray cased us in ice, as in polished armor. — Herman Melville

And then, the unspeakable purity - and freshness of the air! There was just enough heat to enhance the value of the breeze, and just enough wind to keep the whole sea in motion, to make the waves come bounding to the shore, foaming and sparkling, as if wild with glee. — Anne Bronte

We are like sailors who have to rebuild their ship on the open sea, without ever being able to dismantle it in dry-dock and reconstruct it from the best components. — Otto Neurath

Sailor Quotes

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Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. John P. Weiss about persistence in life.African Proverbs

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

We must always remember with gratitude and admiration the first sailors who steered their vessels through storms and mists, and increased our knowledge of the lands of ice in the South. — Roald Amundsen

My piano is to me what a ship is to the sailor, what a steed is to the Arab. It is the intimate personal depository of everything that stirred wildly in my brain during the most impassioned days of my youth. It was there that all my wishes, all my dreams, all my joys, and all my sorrows lay. — Franz Liszt

Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth. — Edmondo De Amicis

A politician complaining about the media is like a sailor complaining about the sea. — Enoch Powell

Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause. — Abraham Lincoln

He believed in it, as certain good women believe in the leviathan-by faith, not by reason. — Jules Verne

Ten geographers who think the world is flat will tend to reinforce each other's errors ... Only a sailor can set them straight. — John Ralston Saul

I wanted every sailor to feel responsible for the successful outcome on that ship – because they were. I couldn’t do it on my own. We constantly challenged every mindset. — Michael Abrashoff

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More Sailing Ships Quotes

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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

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

Crossing at a ford occurs often in a man's lifetime. It means setting sail even though your friends stay in harbour, knowing the route, knowing the soundness of your ship and the favour of the day. — Miyamoto Musashi

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way. — John Paul Jones

Sail Forth- Steer for the deep waters only. Reckless O soul, exploring. I with thee and thou with me. For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared go. And we will risk the ship, ourselves, and all. — Walt Whitman

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

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable. — Seneca

Only the ship is made of books, its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink. — Erin Morgenstern

Not so much two ships passing in the night as two ships sailing together for a time but always bound for different ports. — P. D. James

Night and day the river flows. If time is the mind of space, the River is the soul of the desert. Brave boatmen come, they go, they die, the voyage flows on forever. We are all canyoneers. We are all passengers on this little mossy ship, this delicate dory sailing round the sun that humans call the earth. Joy, shipmates, joy. — Edward Abbey

Ships and sails proper for the heavenly air should be fashioned. Then there will also be people, who do not shrink from the dreary vastness of space. — Johannes Kepler

One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It's the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness. — John Calvin

When ships to sail the void between the stars have been built, there will step forth men to sail these ships. — Johannes Kepler

An order given in battle, an instruction issued by the master of a sailing ship, a cry for help, are as powerful in modifying the course of events as any other bodily act...You utter a vow or forge a signature and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman or prison. — Bronislaw Malinowski

It is quite right what they say: the three most beautiful sights in the world are a ship in full sail, a galloping horse, and a woman dancing. — Honore de Balzac

As soon as somebody demonstrates the art of flying, settlers from our species of man will not be lacking on the moon and Jupiter... Given ships or sails adapted to the breezes of heaven, there will be those who will not shrink from even that vast expanse. — Johannes Kepler

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. — Henry David Thoreau

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