"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).
THE RELIGION OF A SAILOR
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 flavoured 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 pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
- William Arthur Ward
I just thank God I don’t live in a trailer.
Jimmy Buffet , Son of a son of a sailor
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
Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.
- Dennis Conner
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.
- Old Norwegian Adage
Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.
- Joseph Conrad
I cannot not sail.
- E. B. White
The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.
- Dom Degnon
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
- Joseph Conrad
The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.
- Joshua Slocum
At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.
- Robin Lee Graham
The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.
- Isak Dinesen
The sea hates a coward.
- Eugene O’Neill
To young men contemplating a voyage I would say go.
- Joshua Slocum
Boats, like whiskey, are all good.
- R. D. Culler
Wind is to us what money is to life on shore.
- Sterling Hayden
I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.
- Bernard Moitessier
Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know.
- Donald Hamilton
The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.
- Edmund Gibbon
The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared.
- Ted Turner
If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.
- Pete Goss