Sailor Quote

Inspirational Sailing Quotes from Seasoned Sailors

 

  • “There is no better tool or equipment you can have on board than a well-trained crew.” 
  • 2. “To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives.” 
  1. “Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and, in an extraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting.” 

 

  1. “A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway.” 

 

  1. “If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.”
  2. “It’s remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living.” 
  3. “A sailing vessel is alive in a way that no ship with mechanical power ever be.” 
  4. “If you can’t repair it, maybe it shouldn’t be on board.”

 

Inspirational Sailing Quotes from Authors and Poets

 

  1. “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”
  2. “How inappropriate it is to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Sea.”
  3. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
  4. “I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.”
  5. “Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made, for somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid.”
  6. “The most challenging times bring us the most empowering lessons.”
  7. “There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.” 
  8. “The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.” 
  9. “The sea finds out everything you did wrong.” 
  10. “Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and, in an extraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting.”
  11. “Sailors, with their built-in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world.” 
  12. “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
  13. “On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.” 
  14. “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be Pirates” 
  15. “And after two days in civilization we realized we could never stay for long and started to plan our next adventure.”
  16. “When your life is moving too fast and you find yourself in chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset.” 
  17. “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” 
  18. “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” 
  19. “You can. You should. And if you are brave enough to start, you will.” 
  20. “Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” 
  21. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.”

Inspirational Sailing Adventure Blog Quotes

  1. “The Baltic Sea is a bitch! But I love her.” 
  2. “It’s in moments like these that you forget how soothing the sea can be, and you remember its power and force.”
  3. “We can battle the sea, or we can embrace it. Sometimes she will be sweet and sometimes mean as a snake. We must embrace the experience and trust we will get through it.”
  4. “As soon as we entered the Bay of Biscay, we knew it. Things started getting uncomfortable immediately.” 
  5. “There are ships much bigger and heavier than ours sitting at the bottom of The Bay of Biscay. Don’t think for a minute that wasn’t on my mind.” 
  6. “Sometimes when you are sailing you have periods of heavy waves with breaks of calm smooth waters. We had zero breaks from the heavy waves. They just kept coming.”
  7. “Our sailing vessel protects us from the hostile sea. In return for her protection, we keep her in deep waters. We steer her away from obstacles. We show her the way home, and she takes us there—safely and securely.”
  8. “Our whale continued to circle us and was very curious. At one point he swam right next to Seefalke’s port side, turned onto his side and looked right at us.” 
  9. “All those hours of being sick and uncomfortable were only a distant memory now and totally worth it for 40 minutes of a glorious encounter with this gentle giant of the sea.” 

“In losing complete awareness of time, I felt pure freedom. I was becoming one with the sea.”

  1. “Learning to sail is a lifetime commitment and not just a one-course seminar.” 
  2. “When you sail for the first time, you have one of two experiences. It becomes a one-time, bucket-list thing you check off your list, or it becomes a part of your soul forever.”
  3. “I noticed all the many bruises and cuts and scrapes that seem to have tattooed my limbs—battle scars of a true sailor that are telling the story of my journey.” 
  4. “If you nurse every wound you get on a sailboat, you will spend all your time nursing wounds. It’s best to just blurt a four-letter word and keep going.” 
  5. “When you live on a sailboat, you learn to live on at least a 20-degree tilt. You sleep on a tilt. You cook on a tilt. You pee on a tilt. You are just sideways—all the time.” 
  6. “This is a grand experience, and I’m grateful every day for the opportunity to challenge myself. But I can’t pretend it’s all sailing and sunshine all the time.”
  7. “Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be dramatic or poetic, heart pounding or profound. It can be all of the above or something totally and completely unexpected.” 
  8. “Perhaps you have experienced this personal nirvana that makes you continue to want and need the next special experience. I believe this is what makes your passion a part of your heart and soul and not just a hobby.”
  9. “Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.” 
  10. “Set your goals high and don’t stop till you get there.”
  11. “What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.”
  12. “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.”
  13. “You need something to open up a new door, to show you something you seen before but overlooked a hundred times or more.” —
  14. “Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.” 
  15. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” 
  16. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” 
  17. “Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.” 
  18. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out and meet it.” 
  19. “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”
  20. “Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” 
  21. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” 
  22. “I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.”

Inspirational Sailing Quotes from Business Leaders

  1. “One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of their great surprises, is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn’t do.” 
  2. “If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.”
  3. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
  4. “The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.”
  5. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.”

Inspirational Sailing Quotes from Movies

  1. “The big boats get the glory, but small boats make the sailor.”
  2. “Now—bring me that horizon.” —Captain Jack Sparrow, The last line from “Pirates of the Caribbean”
  3. “That’s what a ship is, you know—it’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs. But what a ship is, really is, is freedom.” 
  4. “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”
  5. “Carpe diem! Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

Inspirational Sailing Quotes from Surprising and Unknown Sources

  1. “There’s a big, wonderful world out there for you. It belongs to you. It’s exciting and stimulating and rewarding. Don’t cheat yourselves out of this promise.”
  2. “A bad day sailing is 100 times better than a good day at work.” 
  3. “I am not afraid. I was born to do this.”
  4. “The good seaman weathers the storm he cannot avoid and avoids the storm he cannot weather.”

 

Famous Quotes about Sea and Sailing

“There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.”

“To reach a port we must set sail –

Sail, not tie at anchor

Sail, not drift.”

“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.”

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

“It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.”

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

“No literature is richer than that of the sea. No story is more enthralling, no tradition is more secure.”

 

“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.”

 

Inspiring Sea and Sailing Quotes

 

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

 

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

 

“To young men contemplating a voyage I’d say go.”

 

“The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.”

 

“He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.”

 

“The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.”

 

“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.”

 

“The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be.”

 

“To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives.”

 

“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.”

 

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”

 

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

 

“The sea finds out everything you did wrong.”

 

“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.”

 

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”

 

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”

 

Famous Nautical Quotes and Sayings

 

“The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.”

 

 

“Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.”

 

“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.”

 

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

 

“Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and, in an extraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting.”

 

Famous Sailor Quotes and Sayings

 

“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.”

 

“There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity.”

 

“The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.”

 

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”

 

“A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway.”

 

“The sea drives truth into a man like salt.”

 

“The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.”

 

“A sailor’s joys are as simple as a child’s.”

 

“I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.”

 

“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.”

 

“He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and extract a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.”

 

It is said one must never leap into doing anything without weighing its consequences. But if you are ever presented with an opportunity of sailing, we say don’t even think for a moment and take the plunge, for every journey comes with a promise of adventure and you never know, you will have something worthwhile to share with the world.

Sailor Quotes

“A sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship from a safe port. Ah, yes, but once you’re abroad, as you have seen, winds have a mind of their own. Be careful, Charlotte, careful of the wind you choose.”

 

We are all lonely voyagers sailing on life’s ebb tide,

To a far off place were all stripling warriors have died,

Sometime at eve when the tide is low,

The voices call us back to the rippling water’s flow,

Even though our boat sailed with love in our hearts,

Neither our dreams or plans would keep heaven far apart,

We drift through the hush of God’s twilight pale,

With no response to our friendly hail,

We raise our sails and search for majestic light,

While finding company on this journey to the brighten our night,

Then suddenly he pulls us through the reef’s cutting sea,

Back to the place that he asked us to be,

Friendly barges that were anchored so sweetly near,

In silent sorrow they drop their salted tears,

Shall our soul be a feast of kelp and brine,

The wasted tales of wishful time,

Are we a fish on a line lured with bait,

Is life the grind, a heartless fate,

Suddenly, “HUSH”, said the wind from afar,

Have you not looked to the heavens and seen the new star,

It danced on the abyss of the evening sky,

The sparkle of heaven shining on high,

Its whisper echoed on the ocean’s spray,

From the bow to the mast they heard him say,

“Hope is above, not found in the deep,

I am alive in your memories and dreams when you sleep,

I will greet you at sunset and with the moon’s evening smile,

I will light your path home.. every last lonely mile,

My friends, have no fear, my work was done well,

In this life I broke the waves and rode the swell,

I found faith in those that I called my crew,

My love will be the compass that will see you through,

So don’t look for me on the ocean’s floor to find,

I’ve never left the weathered docks of your loving mind,

For I am in the moon, the wind and the whale’s evening song,

I am the sailor of eternity whose voyage is not gone.”

 

“There’s always a siren, singing you to shipwreck. Some of us may be more susceptible than others are, but there’s always a siren. It may be with us all our lives, or it may be many years or decades before we find it or it finds us. But when it does find us, if we’re lucky we’re Odysseus tied up to the ship’s mast, hearing the song with perfect clarity, but ferried to safety by a crew whose ears have been plugged with beeswax. If we’re not at all lucky, we’re another sort of sailor stepping off the deck to drown in the sea.”

 

“Life may be an arcane riddle, a play with many complementary acts or an unfinished chronicle with odd sequences. Still and all, whatever we might think or do, let us above all be attentive and expectant, since everyone is waiting for the pieces to fall into place, at one time or another. (“Drunken sailor” )”

 

“You’ve got to think of the fine times you had with your mate, not the moment of his perishin’. Every tear you shed now only wets his windin’ sheet and disturbs his rest”

 

Sailing Quotes

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s 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.

 

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry,

Smell the sea, and feel the sky,

Let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.

 

“To reach a port we must set sail –

Sail, not tie at anchor

Sail, not drift.”

 

“What she really loved was to hang over the edge and watch the bow of the ship slice through the waves. She loved it especially when the waves were high and the ship rose and fell, or when it was snowing and the flakes stung her face.”

 

“And I shall watch the ferry boats, and they’ll get high,

On a bluer ocean against tomorrow’s sky,

And I will never grow so old again,

And I will walk and talk, in gardens all wet with rain.