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Quotes About Sailing

"Give a man a horse he can ride, give a man a boat he can sail; and his rank and wealth, his strength
and health on sea nor shore shall fail." -James Thomson

"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these
dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore" -Vincent van Gogh

"We’ll go where the air is pure, where all sounds are soothing, where, no matter how proud one may
be, one feels humble and finds oneself small- in short, we’ll go to the sea. I love the sea as one loves a
mistress and I long for her when I haven’t seen her for some time." -Alexandre Dumas

"He who goes to sea for pleasure would go to hell to pass the time!" -Anonymous

“It’s not the towering sail, but the unseen wind that moves the ship” -Proverb

“Cruisers’ plans are written in the sand at low tide” - Unknown
We collected these quotes off of the internet, from movies, from books.  A few are even our own.  We present them without comment and in no particular order.
"I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits." -Bernard Moitessier

"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." -Bertha Calloway

"And after two days in civilization we realized we could never stay for long and started to plan our next adventure." - Bob Bitchin (Letters from the Lost Soul)

"Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit." -Brooks Atkinson

"Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." -Buzzy Trent

"Man marks the earth with ruin - his control stops with the shore." -Byron

"I know who you are, but you'll have to wipe your feet."-Capt. Richard Brown of the schooner America to Prince Albert of England, 1851
[to his crew] "I want you to search the ship and find her. Oh and, uh, she's probably naked." [the crew hurries] -Captain Bellamy;  Pirates of the Caribbean

"Ah! A heading. Set sail in a... uh... a general... that way! direction. "-Captain Jack Sparrow

"And all of this pales to utter insignificance in light of the fact that my ship is once again gone. Savvy?" -Captain Jack Sparrow

"Hide the rum." -Captain Jack Sparrow

"This is not my vessel. My vessel is magnificent, and fierce and huge-ish and gone.  Why is it gone?" -Captain Jack Sparrow

"Why is the rum always gone?" -Captain Jack Sparrow

"Why should I side with any of you? Four of you have tried to kill me in the past… one of you succeeded." -Captain Jack Sparrow

"You know, these clothes do not flatter you at all. It should be a dress or nothing. I happen to have no dress in my cabin." -Captain Jack Sparrow

"‘Mate’ on my boat is not a rank; it’s an order." -Captain Larry

"A sailboat is a fickle mistress.  You’ve got to buy her things. You’ve got to understand everything about her.  What you don’t know she’ll use against you." -Captain Larry

"Being good in bed is very much like sailing a boat well.  The pity is, if you’re bad at it, you can’t fall off and drown." -Captain Larry

"Every so often I am compelled to go and check to see if the ocean is still there.  Frequently, if someone else hasn’t done it to my satisfaction, I will venture out in my boat to check on the horizon." -Captain Larry

"I was told my great-great-grandfather was a pirate who was hanged before he had any children." -Captain Larry

"I’m going to paint pictures of barnacles on the bottom of my boat so they’ll think it’s full and leave it alone." -Captain Larry

"If you don’t have deck leaks, how do you know where to store your buckets?" -Captain Larry

"Those on shore gaze at the water.  Those on the water gaze at the shore." -Captain Larry
"Ah…Don't worry, boss. If anything's gonna happen it's gonna happen out there. "-Captain Ron

"Always stand clear of the ladder, Boss." -Captain Ron

"Frankly, I’ve had these problems with the tides before." -Captain Ron

"I just steer the boat…don’t really navigate.  ‘sides, if you do get lost, you just pull in somewheres and ask directions." -Captain Ron

"Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows." -Charles Buxton

"Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him." -Charles C. Davis

"The pleasures of being becalmed became threadbare; there is a limit to untutored star gazing." -Charles Landery

"Raise your sail one foot, and you get ten feet of wind." -Chinese Proverb

"I wanted to be a doctor in sports medicine; I was into sailing and all that sort of thing." -Christopher Atkins

"The key to all strange things is in thy heart..../ My spirit has come home, that sailed the doubtful seas." -Countee Cullen

"Don't worry about the world ending today. It's already tomorrow in Fiji." -Daria Blackwell

"Instead of sailing off into the sunset, he hopes to sail into the next century." -Dave Anderson

"Design has taken the place of what sailing used to be." -Dennis Conner

"My goal in sailing isn't to be brilliant or flashy in individual races, just to be consistent over the long run." -Dennis Conner

"The only reason that Uldra's engine never failed was because she did not have one." -
-Dennis Puleston

"The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use." -Dom Degnon

"Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar." -Don Bamford

"Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know."-Donald Hamilton

"When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land." -Dr. Samuel Johnson

"He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea." -Dr. Thomas Fuller

"If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most." -E. B. White

"I cannot not sail." -E. B. White

"I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2." -Earnest K. Gann

"The ocean is an object of no small terror." -Edmund Burke

"The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator."  -Edmund Gibbon

"I have no interest in sailing around the world. Not that there is any lack of requests for me to do so." -Edward Heath

"One ship sails east and another sails west
With the self-same winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sail and not the gale
Which determines the way they go.
As the winds of the sea are the ways of fate
As we voyage along through life,
Tis the act of the soul that determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife."
                                        -Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"A boat is always there-you never stop worrying about her whether you are aboard or ashore. She is always a presence in the mind and you’re conscious of her at all times. She may be laid up in some safe berth for the winter or hauled out of the water in a yard, but wherever you may be-at home in your virtuous bed or roistering in some gay spot, a chorus girl on each knee and thick air with flying champagne corks-a part of your consciousness is always reserved. When the winds round the eaves of the house it has a special significance, and you check off in your mind, one by one, the possible sources of danger. Men lie awake worrying about their bank balances, their waistlines, their wives, their mistresses actual or potential; but sailors worry about boats." -Frank Mulville

It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.-George William Curtis

Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. -H. Melville, Opening Line from Moby Dick

"Long ocean passages usually don't require engines; it's the ports and headlands at each end that may demand some expert sailing." - -Hal Roth

"He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger." --Hammond Ines

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.-Helen Keller

To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.-Henry Van Dyke

"One of the best temporary cures for pride and affection is seasickness." - -Henry Wheeler Show

"I loved cruising the coast of Maine . For one thing, it helped me conquer my fear of fog. Not that I have learned to feel secure in the fog, but at least I have learned how to grope without panic." -Herb Payson
"The ocean has always been a salve to my soul...the best thing for a cut or abrasion was to go swimming in salt water. 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

"The planning stage of a cruise is often just as enjoyable as the voyage itself, letting one’s imagination loose on all kinds of possibilities.  Yet translating dreams into reality means a lot of practical questions have to be answered." -Jimmy Cornell

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.-Jimmy Dean

"The perfection of a yacht's beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty's sake." - -John MacGregor

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

"Off Cape Horn there are but two kinds of weather, neither one of them a pleasant kind." -John Masefield

"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky.  And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." -John Masefield

"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

"The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself." -John Rousmaniere

"…surely these victims of the sea…had rushed willingly down the hills to the water, only to find themselves caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Who should judge whether they were there for the wrong reason?"  -John Rousmaniere (Fastnet, Force 10)

"Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time." -Joseph Conrad

"There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea." -Joseph Conrad

"I once knew a writer who, after saying beautiful things about the sea, passed through a Pacific hurricane, and he became a changed man." -Joshua Slocum

"I was born in the breezes, and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else." -Joshua Slocum

"To young men contemplating a voyage I'd say go." -Joshua Slocum

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

"Not all who wander are lost." - -JRR Tolkien

"Our voyage had commenced, and at last we were away, gliding through the clean water, past the reeds. Care was lifted from our shoulders, for we were free from advice, pessimism, officialism, heat and hot air." - -K. Adlard Coles

"It looks like frozen snot." --L. Francis Herreshoff, looking at a Herreshoff Bullseye built of fiberglass.

"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."--L. Francis Herreshoff

"The most ordinary conditions for observing sailing birds are then the wind and sea are both aft." -Lawrence Hargrave

"Without patience, a sailor I would never be." --Lee Allred
"A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say 'How to Build a Boat'" -Stephen Wright

"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

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

"The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared." -Ted Turner

A strong nor’-wester ’s blowing, Bill!
Hark! don’t ye hear it roar now?
Lord help ’em, how I pities them
Unhappy folks on shore now!
                                        -The Sailor’s Consolation

"For the most part, a sailboat navigates through its world of wind and water not leaving a single trace of its passage. Nothing is consumed. Nothing is altered. The winds and the water are left in exactly the same condition for the next user. Sailing is forever."
-Michael B. McPhee

"A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it." -Jacques Yves Cousteau

"Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together."- -Thomas Fleming Day

"The person rowing the boat seldom has time to rock it" - Unknown

"He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea." -Thomas Fuller

"There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity."  -Thomas Gibbons

"Don’t sail where the trees are."
- John Halstead

"…arranging the journey was so difficult.  Getting home again was much easier." -Thor Heyerdahl  (aku-aku)

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

"If you can not arrive in daylight, then stand off well clear, and wait until dawn. After all, that's one of the things God made boats for- to wait in." -Tristan Jones

"I can't wait for the oil wells to run dry, for the last gob of black, sticky muck to come oozing out of some remote well. Then the glory of sail will return." -Triston Jones

"No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm." -Unknown

"If you can’t tie a knot, tie a lot." -Unknown

"Red sky by morning,
sailor take warning.
Red sky at night,
sailor's delight."
"A ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder." -Adm. Chester Nimitz

"I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea." -Alaine Gerbault

"Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Give him a fishing lesson and he'll sit in a boat drinking beer every weekend." -Alex Blackwell

"On life's vast ocean diversely we sail,
Reason the card, but passion is the gale."
                            -Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
"Avoid destructive thinking. Improper negative thoughts sink people. A ship can sail around the world many, many times, but just let enough water get into the ship and it will sink. Just so with the human mind. Let enough negative thoughts or improper thoughts get into the human mind and the person sinks just like a ship." -Alfred A. Montapert

"Only fools and passengers drink at sea." -Allan Villiers

"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." -Allan Villiers

"You are uneasy; you never sailed with me before, I see." -Andrew Jackson

"A tourist remains an outsider throughout his visit; but a sailor is part of the local scene from the moment he arrives." -Anne Davison

"The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance." -Annie Van De Wiele
"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..." -Antoine de Saint Exupery

"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 start from the premise that no object created by man is as satisfying to his body and soul as a proper sailing yacht.” -Arthur Beiser 1978, The Proper Yacht

"The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place." -Arthur Ransome

"Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel."-August Hare

"A sailor’s joys are as simple as a child’s." -Bernard Moitessier
"Never in my life before have I experienced such beauty, and fear at the same time…"
-Ellen MacArthur

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

"The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats." -Ernest Hemingway

The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship.
-Ernest Hemingway

"It's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living." -Ernest K. Gann

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 sea hates a coward.  -Eugene O’Neill

Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails-Euripides

"Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and, in an exraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting."  -Franciose LeGrande

"The sea finds out everything you did wrong." -Francis Stokes

"Whenever your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and finds the problems."  -Francis Stokes

"We had twelve hours of daylight, and if we did not sight the coast, I should conclude that Brazil was merely a geographical expression." -Frank Wightman

To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not lie at anchor - sail, not drift. -Franklin D. Roosevelt
"For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind - and the boat made three."  -Hilaire Belloc

"The sea drives truth into a man like salt." -Hilaire Belloc

"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters." -Howard Bloomfield

I think becoming an actor because it's a ridiculously insecure profession to go into. I feel very comfortable but very lucky. I think any time that you imagine that it's plain sailing for hereon in, then you're kidding yourself. -Hugh Dancy

"I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls."-Hugo Vihlen

Politicians trim and tack in their quest for power, but they do so in order to get the wind of votes in their sails. -Ian Gilmour

"Cruising is paradise, in other words it's a crap shoot." -IB Browning

"The cure for anything is saltwater - sweat, tears, or the sea." -Isak Dinesen

"If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends." -J. Enoch Powell

"You have no right to own a yacht if you ask that question." -J. P. Morgan Sr., in answer to a question by Henry Clay Pierce on how much it costs to own and run a yacht.

"A tradewind starts gently, without gusts - a huge ocean of air that slowly and resolutely begins to move with ever-increasing strength. Suddenly everything comes to life. Spirits rise as the sails fill. The boat heels slightly and moves ahead. The almost oppressive silence gives way to the sound of the bow cutting through the water. Gone is the sea’s glassy surface, and with it the terrible glare. Close the hatches and ports! We’re sailing again!" -Jim Moore from By Way of the Wind, 1991

"It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go." -Jim Rohn
"A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind." -Leon Tec, M.D.

"If you can’t repair it, maybe it shouldn’t be on board." -Lin and Larry Pardey

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." -Louisa May Alcott

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"It's scary to have a 30 foot wave chasing you. If you are steering, you don't look back. The crew looks back for you, and you watch their faces. When they look straight up, then get ready!" -Magnus Olsson

"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor." -Marjorie Holmes

"Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."-Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

"The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a pirate. " -Mark Twain

"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 off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

"There was a great difference in boats, of course. For a long time I was on a boat that was so slow we used to forget what year it was we left port in." -Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

"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

"If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn't worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it's life or death."-Morgan Freeman

"When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your goal." -Napoleon Hill

"There are only two colors to paint a boat, black or white, and only a fool would paint a boat black." - -Nathanael G. Herreshoff

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

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes." --Norwegian Adage

"There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea."  -Old Capstan Chantey attributed to Anacharsis, 6th Century BC
"Below 50 degrees south there is no law. Below 60 degrees south there is no God." --Old Sailors Adage

"Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails." -Old sailors proverb.

"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor." -Oliver Wendell Holmes

"The thing I realized this last few days is that the earth is a big place." -Paul Cayard

"To be successful at sea we must keep things simple." -R. D. ( Pete ) Culler

"Boats, like whiskey, are all good."  -R. D. Culler

"Headwinds are sore vexations and the more passengers the sorer."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than the power that crosses the white sea, driven by the stormy wind, making a path under surges that threaten to engulf him…" -Sophocles

"Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows." -Charles Buxton

"The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is time to be old
To take in sail."
           -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"He was now convinced that the most valuable sail on board was the diesel." -Ray Kauffman

"Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made."--Robert N. Rose

"At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much." -Robin Lee Graham
"Never a ship sails out of a bay, but carries my heart as a stowaway." -Roselle Mercier Montgomery

"I need to be where you are." -Saltwater Suzi

Up anchor! Up anchor!
Set sail and away!
The ventures of dreamland
Are thine for a day.
-Silas Weir Mitchell.

"Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off - then, I account it high time to get to the sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship." - H. Melville

"To the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out." -Sir Francis Chichester

"We are off! The courses and topsails are set: the coral-hung anchor swings from the bow: and together, the three royals are given to the breeze, that follows us out to sea like the baying of a hound." - Herman Melville

"Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made." - Robert N. Rose

"Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk."-Sir Francis Chichester while loading his boat with gin.

"It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better."--Sir Francis Drake

"Prevention is, as in other aspects of seamanship, better than cure." -Sir Robin

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."-Spoken by Ratty to Mole in Wind in the Willows a children's book by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932).
"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." John F. Kennedy 9/14/62 Remarks in Newport, RI at a dinner for America’s Cup Crews

"When in doubt, let it out." -Unknown

"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." -Ursula K. Leguin

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit." -Helen Keller

"No one is fit to judge a book until he has rounded Cape Horn in a sailing vessel, until he has bumped into two or three icebergs, until he has been lost in the sands of the desert, until he has spent a few years in the House of the Dead."-Van Wyck Brooks

"It's out there at sea that you are really yourself." -Vito Dumas

"A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind." -Webb Chiles

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." -William Arthur Ward

"A sea captain when he stands upon the bridge, or looks out from his deck-house, thinks much about God and about the world. Away in the valley yonder among the corn and the poppies men may well forget all things except the warmth of the sun upon the face, and the kind shadow under the hedge; but he who journeys through storm and darkness must needs think and think. One July a couple of years ago I took my supper with a Captain Moran on board the S.S. Margaret, that had put into a western river from I know not where. I found him a man of many notions all flavored with his personality, as is the way with sailors. He talked in his queer sea manner of God and the world, and up through all his words broke the hard energy of his calling" -William Butler Yeats, The Celtic Twilight
"The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind." -William Falconer

"The fleet being thus more enclosed will more readily observe the signals, and with greater facility form itself into the line of battle a circumstance which should be kept in view in every order of sailing." -William Falconer

"He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience." -William Golding

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." -William Shedd

"At last, the god-damned engine is quiet!" -William Snaith

"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." -Yogi Berra
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