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Quotes About Sailing

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Van Morrison
“hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...”
Van Morrison

Kristin Cashore
“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.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

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

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
“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

L.A. Meyer
“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.”
L.A. Meyer, Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber

Van Morrison
“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...”
Van Morrison

Libba Bray
“You can’t believe how bleeding scary the sea is! There’s, like, whales and storms and shit! They don’t bloody tell you that!”
Libba Bray, Beauty Queens

Susan Wiggs
“She watched the gap between ship and shore grow to a huge gulf. Perhaps this was a little like dying, the departed no longer visible to the others, yet both still existed, only in different worlds.”
Susan Wiggs, The Charm School

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

Richard Halliburton
“Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.”
Richard Halliburton

Jarod Kintz
“Dear Disney Cruise Line,
I would very much like to go on one of your cruises, but I have certain accommodations that need to be made before I book my trip. I need a room large enough to comfortably fit a king-size bed, as well as a king (Juan Carlos of Spain).

Juan is afraid of people and will only come aboard incognito. He will be arriving in the costume of a small cat and answers to the pseudonym of “Mr. Fizzlebush.” He will need his litter box changed daily, the finest dry cat food, and fourteen bottles of your finest champagne (he is royalty, after all). His Majesty Juan Carlos is not to be touched, but should he decide to lick a crew member’s face, he or she will be expected to kneel and grovel at His Majesty’s paws. I hope you won’t turn your back on a royal customer.

We look forward to sailing with you soon.

Thank you,

Jarod Kintz”
Jarod Kintz

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

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

Philip Pullman
“She found out that having something to do prevented you from feeling seasick, and that even a job like scrubbing a deck could be satisfying, if it was done in a seamanlike way. She was very taken with this notion, and later on she folded the blankets on her bunk in a seamanlike way, and put her possessions in the closet in a seamanlike way, and used 'stow' instead of 'tidy' for the process of doing so. After two days at sea, Lyra decided that this was the life for her.”
Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

Don Darkes
“Just because I am paranoid does not mean that someone is not out to get me”
Don Darkes, 6692 Pisces the Sailfish

“One takes what the river offers, both good and bad. The joy of living by running water far outweighs the sorrow.”
Matthew Goldman, The Journals of Constant Waterman: Paddling, Poling, and Sailing for the Love of It

Garcilaso de la Vega
“With this idea, being a man with long experience of the sea (and they certainly have a great advantage over other men in any sort of task)...”
Garcilaso de la Vega, Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru, Part One

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

Joseph Conrad
“The hair of his face, on the contrary, carroty and flaming, resembled a growth of copper wire clipped short to the line of the lip; while, no matter how close he shaved, fiery metallic gleams passed, when he moved his head, over the surface of his cheeks.”
Joseph Conrad, Tales Of The Sea

Yann Martel
“The men nodded vigorously at me. When they took hold of me and lifted me in their strong arms, I thought nothing of it. I thought they were helping me. I was so full of trust in them that I felt grateful as they carried me in the air. Only when they threw me overboard did I begin to have doubts.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“One of the reasons there are so many terms for conditions of ice is that the mariners observing it were often trapped in it, and had nothing to do except look at it.”
Alec Wilkinson, The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration

“Back on the ferry, I sip some vodka on the rocks and have a chat with God.

Me: (desperately) What the *&%$# am I going to do?

God:

Me: (surprised) Really? After all those Sundays of being a back up singer for Jesus, you got nothing to say?

God:

Me: (humbly) Help me out here.”
Lexis De Rothschild, The Cat Letters: A Tale of Longing, Adventure and True Love

Munia Khan
“If lighthouse becomes a burning candle,
flickered upon ocean's insanity.
Your sailing heart there anchors to handle
the obsessed breeze towards sand dune's vanity.”
Munia Khan

“What is time to a water rat? What is time to the river? Only we humans obsess over days and minutes, hours and seasons.”
Matthew Goldman, The Journals of Constant Waterman: Paddling, Poling, and Sailing for the Love of It

“Be patient with your boaters and let them rant. Most of them will get over it come December.”
Matthew Goldman, The Journals of Constant Waterman: Paddling, Poling, and Sailing for the Love of It

“Never a ship sails out of bay but carries my heart as a stowaway.”
Roselle Mercier Montgomery

Patrick O'Brian
“Gluppit the prawling strangles, there!”
Patrick O'Brian

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