Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
— Francis Bacon

Society in shipwreck is comfort to all.
Publilius Syrus shipwreck quote

Old age is a shipwreck.
— Charles De Gaulle

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
— Charles Caleb Colton

I would not that death should take me asleep. I would not have him merely seize me, and only declare me to be dead, but win me, and overcome me. When I must shipwreck, I would do it in a sea, where mine impotency might have some excuse; not in a sullen weedy lake, where I could not have so much as exercise for my swimming.
— John Donne