Quotes About Boats

Quotes tagged as "boats" (showing 1-30 of 41)
John F. Kennedy
“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.

[Remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, September 14 1962]
John F. Kennedy

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Tom Stoppard
“Rosencrantz: We might as well be dead. Do you think death could possibly be a boat?
Guildenstern: No, no, no... Death is...not. Death isn't. You take my meaning. Death is the ultimate negative. Not-being. You can't not-be on a boat.
Rosencrantz: I've frequently not been on boats.
Guildenstern: No, no, no--what you've been is not on boats.”
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Warren Buffett
“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”
Warren Buffett

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range, and mount the most powerful guns.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Gary Paulsen
“I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me.
The sea.”
Gary Paulsen, Caught by the Sea

Gary Paulsen
“...this beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the lake under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath...”
Gary Paulsen, Caught by the Sea

Kenneth Grahame
“There’s nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows
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Sebastian Junger
“How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whisky? Do they cry?”
Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

Lin Pardey
“Thing about boats is, you can always sell them if you don't like them. Can't sell kids.”
Lin Pardey, Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife

Lesley M.M. Blume
“Are you watching the boats?" Cornelia guessed. She craned her neck to see if there was any excitement on the river.
Heavens no, I'm spying on people," Virginia responded unrepentantly.
-Cornelia E and Virginia Somerset”
Lesley M.M. Blume, Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters

Collier Lumpkin
“Sometimes people leave us because staying becomes an impossibility. Because the world just gets too small. Or, sometimes, because there is just one boat, and too many hands. ...Because maybe, life can be a bit bigger than it exists today. And because, somewhere else, there may be another boat.”
Collier Lumpkin, Love, to Taste

Federico Chini
“It takes just one wave to capsize a boat, and one more to take it down.”
Federico Chini, The Sea Of Forgotten Memories

Clare B. Dunkle
“I had no fear of the stream's perils, and I listened with the greatest contentment to the quiet slap of water on rocks, the running whisper of the current, and the taps and creaks and croaks that rose with the mist around me. Overhead swing the glittering stars, and the bright moon shone down and lit the curling ripples of the water. At no time in my life had I been in greater danger from the elements, and yet if I learned that heaven is such as that night was, I should deem it a joy worth the dying.”
Clare B. Dunkle, The House of Dead Maids

Lin Pardey
“I grew to judge every purchase by how many bronze screws I could buy for the boat if I didn't spend on this or made do without that.”
Lin Pardey, Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife

Stig Dagerman
“Med människor i en liten båt sker något sällsamt. Vad de upplever är att de känner sig ensamma. Vad de känner är att de är ensamma tillsammans, tillsammans med de andra i båten. Därför uppstår mellan människor i små båtar en tillfällig tillgivenhet. Man har ju bara varandra och djupa vatten är skrämmande och små båtar är mycket bräckliga. Var och en blir den andres livboj. Är inte du rädd så inte är jag det.”
Stig Dagerman, A Burnt Child

Yevgeny Zamyatin
“White-crested waves crash on the shore. The masts sway violently, every which way. In the gray sky the gulls are circling like white flakes. Rain squalls blow past like gray slanting sails, and blue gaps open in the sky. The air brightens.
A cold silvery evening. The moon is overhead, and down below, in the water; and all around it-a wide frame of old, hammered, scaly silver. Etched on the silver-silent black fishing boats, tiny black needles of masts, little black men casting invisible lines into the silver. And the only sounds are the occasional plashing of an oar, the creaking of an oarlock, the springlike leap and flip-flop of a fish. ("The North")”
Yevgeny Zamyatin, The Dragon: Fifteen Stories

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
“Boating, my dear Mrs. Bedel, is the dullest of all things; don't you think so? Because a boat looks very pretty from the shore, we fancy that the shore must look very pretty from a boat; and when we try it, we find we have only got down into a pit and can see nothing rightly. For my part, I hate boating and I hate the water...”
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, The Haunted Baronet And Others: Ghost Stories 1861-70

Karen Pryor
“I couldn't help wondering where porpoises had learned this game of running on the bows of ships. Porpoises have been swimming in the oceans for seven to ten million years, but they've had human ships to play with for only the last few thousand. Yet nearly all porpoises, in every ocean, catch rides for fun from passing ships; and they were doing it on the bows of Greek triremes and prehistoric Tahitian canoes, as soon as those seacraft appeared. What did they do for fun before ships were invented?
Ken Norris made a field observation one day that suggests the answer. He saw a humpback whale hurrying along the coast of the island of Hawaii, unavoidably making a wave in front of itself; playing in that bow wave was a flock of bottlenose porpoises. The whale didn't seem to be enjoying it much: Ken said it looked like a horse being bothered by flies around its head; however, there was nothing much the whale could do about it, and the porpoises were having a fun time. ”
Karen Pryor, Lads Before the Wind: Diary of a Dolphin Trainer

Martin Luther King Jr.
“We all came in on different ships, but we're all in the same boat now”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Israelmore Ayivor
“There is joy at the end of every struggle we face. But you can never cross over and get there with the boats of complains. Complainer is only an explainer of pain! Take action!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

“We were not a crew; we were only here at the same time.”
Rosemary McGuire, The Creatures at the Absolute Bottom of the Sea

Jarod Kintz
“Boats should be shaped more like shoes. Better for dancing. The only thing I’m better at than dancing is making love, and grandmas all over Memphis say they haven’t seen moves like mine since after Elvis died.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

“If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most. A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble.”
E. B. White

“I feel there is something almost sacred about building a boat ... It is almost like creating a living being, a boat seems to have a soul and character all her own ... It requires more thought to give a boat a good name than it does a child.”
John Guzzwell, Trekka Round the World
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Amber Silvia
“Well, I still don't like him! What kind of a man doesn't name his boat?”
Amber Silvia, Unspoken

J.R.R. Tolkien
“There isn't no call to go talking of pushing and pulling. Boats are quite tricky enough for those that sit still without looking for further for the cause of trouble.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Cecilia Llompart
“Consider, O Lord, how You sit atop the sky;
like a man in a glass bottom boat.

Consider sky elsewhere; worn thin as a mattress.”
Cecilia Llompart, The Wingless

“Which direction?" Robard asked.
"Robard," I said exasperated, "we need a boat. I believe boats are kept at or near the ocean.”
Michael P. Spradlin

Kenneth Grahame
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing' he went on dreamily: 'messing -- in -- boats; messing”
Kenneth Grahame

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