Quotes About Sailors

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Patton Oswalt
“I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out of me with steel pipes.”
Patton Oswalt

Tamora Pierce
“And now you're off to Port Caynn. Watch them sailor lads. They'll have your skirts up and a babe in your belly afore you know what you're about."
"Everyone keep warning me about sailors," I complained. "Why can't someone tell the sailors to stay clear of me?"
Granny snorted. "Oh, you're the fierce one now! Just take care no one else catches you unawares and knocks you on the nob!”
Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound

Kerry Greenwood
“There are good sailors. Well, some good sailors. In a way they are ideal as husbands. They drop in every six months for a wild celebration, then they drop out again before one gets bored with their company or annoyed with by their habits.”
Kerry Greenwood, Queen of the Flowers

Neil Gaiman
“There are no whores in Scaithe’s Ebb, or none that consider themselves as such, although there have always been many women who, if pressed, would describe themselves as much-married, with one husband on this ship here every six months, and another husband on that ship, back in port for a month or so every nine months. The mathematics of the thing have always kept most folk satisfied; and if ever it disappoints and a man returns to his wife while one of her other husbands is still in occupancy, why, then there is a fight — and the grog shops to comfort the loser.
The sailors do not mind the arrangement, for they know that this way there will, at the least, be one person who, at the last, will notice when they do not come back from the sea, and will mourn their loss; and their wives content themselves with the certain knowledge that their husbands are also unfaithful, for there is no competing with the sea in a man’s affections, since she is both mother and mistress, and she will wash his corpse also, in time to come, wash it to coral and ivory and pearls.”
Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Patrick O'Brian
“And although in many cases these unions proved happy enough, sailors being excellent husbands, often away and handy about the house when ashore, it did make for a curious gathering when the spouses were invited to a ball.”
Patrick O'Brian, The Surgeon's Mate

Lew Wallace
“We of the sea come to know each other quickly; our loves, like our hates, are born of sudden dangers.”
Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Amy Spector
“Sailors are like my overies due North”
Amy Spector

Jack London
“If they will only hold their hands until the season is over, he promises them a royal carnival, when all grudges can he settled and the survivors may toss the non-survivors overboard and arrange a story as to how the missing men were lost at sea.”
Jack London, The Sea Wolf

Eva Ibbotson
“Ms. Wrack's mother, Mrs. Wrack, had been a mermaid: a proper one who lived on a rock and combed her hair and sang. But sailors had never been lured to their doom by her, partly because she looked like the back of a bus and partly because modern ships are so high out of the water that they never even saw her”
Eva Ibbotson, Which Witch?

Jarod Kintz
“I cuss like a box full of sailors. My love is waterproof, like cardboard shoes.
Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. And the ageless sages.

“They that go down to the sea in ships' see strange things, but what they tell is oft-times stranger still. A faculty for romancing is imparted by a seafaring life as readily and surely as a rolling gait and a weather-beaten countenance. A fine imagination is one of the gifts of the ocean-witness the surprising and unlimited power of expression and epithet possessed by the sailor. And a fine imagination will frequently manifest itself in other ways besides swear words. ("The Gorgon's Head")”
Gertrude Bacon, The Gentlewomen of Evil: An Anthology of Rare Supernatural Stories from the Pens of Victorian Ladies

Lynn Austin
“Smooth seas don't produce skillful sailors.”
Lynn Austin

Hans Christian Andersen
“...when a storm was coming on, and they anticipated that a ship might sink, they swam before it, and sang most sweetly of the delight to be found beneath the water, begging the seafarers not to be afraid of coming down below.”
Hans Christian Andersen

Anne Fortier
“We are the Amazons" said Myrina."We are the killers of beasts and men. Wild ourselves, we inhabit the wild places. Freedom courses in our blood, and death whispers at the tip of our arrows. We fear nothing, fear runs from us. Try to stop us, and you will feel our rage.”
Anne Fortier, The Lost Sisterhood

“The Bane

...where coxswain's dirt
and seaman's shirts
brushed bawdily upon her chest...”
Muse, Enigmatic Evolution

F.T. McKinstry
“Springtime blooms the starry tree
Bearing fruit the mariners see.
High by night and low by dawn
The silver apple guides us home.”
F.T. McKinstry, The Gray Isles

Herman Melville
“one captain, seizing the line-knife from his broken prow, had dashed at the whale, as an Arkansas duelist at his foe, blindly seeking with a six-inch blade to reach the fathom-deep life of the whale. That captain was Ahab.”
Herman Melville

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
“They don't take the Bible as a general thing, sailors don't; though I will say that I never saw the man at sea who didn't give it the credit of being an uncommon good yarn.

("Kentucky's Ghost")”
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Terror by Gaslight: More Victorian Tales of Terror

Joseph Conrad
“The sea, perhaps because of its saltiness, roughens the outside but keeps sweet the kernel of its servants' soul.”
Joseph Conrad

Anne Fortier
“We are the Amazons, killers of men. Only the feeble-headed try their luck with us.”
Anne Fortier, The Lost Sisterhood

Giles Milton
“He penned a letter to the Company in London, a letter whose unfailing spirit would become legendary among the sailors of the East India Company. 'I cannot tell where you should looke for me.' he wrote, 'because I live at the devotion of the winds and seas.'
(Written by/about Captain James Lancaster, on the ship Red Dragon, during a terrible storm, 1603)”
Giles Milton, Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History

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