sailing quotes - title

73 Ocean and Sailing Quotes to Wash Away Your Worries

The ocean is the perfect place to go when you need to feel inspired and uplifted; it’s simultaneously a place of adventure and calm. Whether you’re setting sail on your next voyage or taking a stroll along the shore, there’s no place more calming and rejuvenating than the sea.

There are many influential people who have been inspired by the ocean, including the likes of Ernest Hemmingway, Franz Kafka, Drew Barrymore and Neil Armstrong. We have found 73 inspiring quotes about sailing and the sea to make you feel better about the path you are currently on. Not only do these famous sailing quotes celebrate the meaning of life and all it has to offer, they will wash away your worries and give you a new perspective on life’s journey.

 

“I can’t control the wind but I can adjust the sail.”
Ricky Skaggs

“The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.”
Ernest Hemmingway

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

“The man who rows the boat seldom has time to rock it.”
Bill Copeland

“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the sailor at sea, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.”
Carl Schurz

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
Thomas Jefferson

 

sailing quotes - Rumi

 

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.”
Rumi

“The secret to success is to be in harmony with existence, to always be calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.”
Cyril Connolly

“No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
Heraclitus

“It is not the shop so much as the skilful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.”
George William Curtis

“We are imprisoned in the realm of life, like a sailor on his tiny boat, on an infinite ocean.”
Anna Freud

 

sailing quotes - Voltaire

 

“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
Voltaire

“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

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety.”
Ben Hecht

“Sometimes there is no time for the sea to calm down! If you have to reach your target, let your voyage start and let the storm be your path!”
Mehmet Murat Ildan

 

sailing quotes - Bob Dylan

 

“Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark.”
Bob Dylan

“We are imprisoned in the realm of life, like a sailor on his tiny boat, on an infinite ocean.”
Anna Freud

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

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
Grace Hopper

“Take charge of your life! The tides do not command the ship. The sailor does.”
Ogwo David Emenike

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
Andre Gide

 

sailing quotes - Franz Kafka

 

“A book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us.”
Franz Kafka

“Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.”
Audre Lorde

“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so I must never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.”
Albert Schweitzer

“There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.”
Bill Bowerman

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
Erol Ozan

 

sailing quotes - Neil Armstrong

 

“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.” – Neil Armstrong

“If you never lose sight of the shore, you’re not on a voyage of discovery. You’re on a day cruise.”
J. Earp

“Sometimes there is no time for the sea to calm down! If you have to reach your target, let your voyage start and let the storm be your path!”
Mehmet Murat Ildan

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon is we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless but disastrous.”
Thomas Merton

“The sea will grant each man new hope, and sleep will bring dreams of home.”
Christopher Columbus

 

sailing quotes - Pablo Picasso

 

“When I die, it will be a shipwreck, and as when a huge ship sinks, many people all around will be sucked down with it.”
Pablo Picasso

“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.”
Dave Barry

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
Mahatma Ghandi

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

“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

 

sailing quotes - Mark Twain

 

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

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”
Omar N. Bradley

“If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.”
Enoch Powell

“You can’t just shuffle people around like they’re deck chairs on a ship. You have to help them change their lives, and you have to give them the requisite resources to do so.”
Valerie Jarrett

“Anybody can pilot a ship when the sea is calm.”
Navjot Singh Sidhu

“Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Swim out to it.”
Steve Southerland

“Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.”
Epictetus

 

sailing quotes - Hugh Laurie

 

“When the ship goes down, the waves very quickly roll over the top of it, and attention shifts elsewhere. It’s just the natural order of things in TV – in life – and is as it should be.”
Hugh Laurie

“In a world where it is so easy to neglect, deny, corrupt and suppress the truth, the scientist may find his discipline severe. For him, truth is so seldom the sudden light that shows new order and beauty; more often, truth is the unchartered rock that sinks his ship in the dark.”
John Cornforth

“We must develop a deeper interest and greater understanding of the people we meet here or abroad. Like us, they are passengers on board that mysterious ship called life.”
Ella Maillart

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Douglas Adams

“Anyone can steer a ship, but it takes a leader to chart a course. Leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere.”
John C. Maxwell

 

sailing quotes - Drew Barrymore

 

“I pray to be more like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.”
Drew Barrymore

“Our minds are mysterious; our conscious bran is like a ship on a sea that is obscure to us.”
Meghan O’Rourke

“If you don’t mark your successes, the day your ship comes in could be just another day at the office, and there’s no poetry in that.”
Glen Hansard

“You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.”
Paulo Coelho

“Watching a coast as it slips by the ship is like thinking about an enigma. There it is before you, smiling, frowning, inviting, grand, mean, insipid, or savage, and always mute with an air of whispering, “Come and find out.”’
Joseph Conrad

“It is not required that we know all the details about every stretch of the river. Indeed, were we to know, it would not be an adventure, and I wonder if there would be much point in the journey.”
Jeffrey R. Anderson

 

sailing quotes - A. A. Milne

 

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”
A. A. Milne

“When you follow a star you know you will never reach that star; rather it will guide you to where you want to go… So it is with the world. It will only ever lead you back to yourself.”
Jeanette Winterson

“Loss is like a wind, it either carries you to a new destination or it traps you in an ocean of stagnation. You must quickly learn how to navigate the sail, for stagnation is death.”
Val Uchendu

“To meditate is to sail a course, to navigate, among problems many of which we are in the process of clearing up.”
Jose Orgeta y Gasset

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

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

“That’s why we sail. So our children can grow up and be proud of whom they are. We are healing our souls by reconnecting to our ancestors. As we voyage we are creating new stories within the tradition of the old stories. We are literally creating a new culture out of the old.”
Nainoa Thompson

 

sailing quotes - Vladimir Nabokov

 

“The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.”
Vladimir Nabokov

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.”
Martin Buber

“I am the shore and the ocean, awaiting myself on both sides.”
Dejan Stojanovic

“Time is the wave upon the shore. It takes some things away, but it brings other things.”
Amy Neftzger

“Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? Better make for the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you.”
William Thackeray

“The wideness of the horizon has to be inside of us, cannot be anywhere but inside of us, otherwise what we speak about is geographic distances.”
Ella Maillart

 

sailing quotes - Mohammad Ali

 

“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they contain truths.”
Mohammad Ali

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”
Konrad Adenauer

“A horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”
Rossiter W. Raymond

“Life comes at us in waves. We can’t predict or control these waves, but we can learn to surf.”
Dan Millman

“The secret to success is to be in harmony with existence, to always be calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.”
Cyril Connolly

“No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
Heraclitus

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
Thomas Jefferson

 

Sources:

https://www.azquotes.com

https://www.brainyquote.com/

https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/12095-the-best-quotes-about-waves

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.