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

“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

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

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

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

“The Bane

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

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

“A fight is like the perfect storm. It is risky and dangerous. But, as the African proverb goes, Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. Fights are often learning opportunities—if we’re willing to dig deep enough past our own egos.”
lauren klarfeld

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

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

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

Cyrille  Mendes
“Yeux mi-clos, il humait à présent dans les souffles du large l’âcreté du sel, il écoutait les vents siffler à son oreille, messagers rafraîchissants annonciateurs d’orage. Célian sentait à travers le tissu du hamac la peau réchauffée de Nyssa toujours endormie, sa longue chevelure princière apanagée de la lumière du jour.
L’agile équipage de l’Astéropée, muscles tendus, œuvrait d’un bel ensemble autour des écoutes, habitué à manœuvrer les cordages et les voiles sur les mâts protégés de plusieurs couches d’huile de lin ; mais à cet instant les marins qui prenaient leur quart étaient allongés sur le pont pour admirer le lever de soleil.”
Cyrille Mendes, Les Épieurs d'Ombre

“If the sailor in his sling were to turn and look down on her, he'd know she was a whore by the tentacles.”
Stepan Chapman, The Troika

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

Nell Zink
“But quand même. The best things in life are free. A round of billiards with sailors is more beautiful than Charleston in springtime, if they’re the right sailors.”
Nell Zink, Mislaid

“Caeteris paribus, circa de ti
y ad portas de encontrarte.
Algunos son lectores patológicos,
que prefieren leer a realmente hacer.
Yo, soy un viajero no muy lógico,
porque viajas tu como mi avatar, alter ego,
de mi – eso es lo único a entender.”
Camilo Garzon, Ontologies: Ten Proems

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

Israelmore Ayivor
“The strongest storms make the best sailors. The strongest games make the best players. Tougher challenges make the best leaders.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts

Tapan Ghosh
“O Sailor!

It’s the way I want to be
It’s beyond the pale for me
It’s what being unknown is all about

It’s the path I choose to take
It’s the destiny I make
It’s my life now – the only way out

Out of circulation in another dimension
I carry you right inside my heart
As we’re one, moulded together
Always and forever, never apart

It’s a world where I’m alone
It’s a place where I can atone
It’s a severing of all ties I know

I feel so free and yet I’m bound
I’m invisible and yet around
I know I’ve got to go with the flow

My life now is like a sailboat ride,
Destiny is the wind – with you by my side,
I’m the sailor, who sets the course,
Empowered by an incredible force.”
Tapan Ghosh, Faceless The Only Way Out

Marie Brennan
“When I finally did confront Mr. Arcott, after my return to Falchester, he had the cheek to try and argue that his intellectual thievery had been a compliment and a favor. After all, it meant my work was good enough to be accepted into ibn Khattusi's series -- but of course they never would have taken a submission from a woman, so he submitted it on my behalf. What I said in reply is not fit to be printed here, as by then I had spent a good deal of time in the company of sailors, and had at my disposal a vocabulary not commonly available to ladies of quality.”
Marie Brennan, The Voyage of the Basilisk

Peter Benchley
“You could start now, and spend another forty years learning about the sea without running out of new things to know.”
Peter Benchley, The Deep

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