It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.
To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
I can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails
We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
Clouds do not really look like camels or sailing ships or castles in the sky. They are simply a natural process at work. So too, perhaps, are our lives.
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.
You do not ask a tame seagull why it needs to disappear from time to time toward the open sea. It goes, that's all.
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.
There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
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.
Man marks the earth with ruin - his control stops with the shore.
Nothing comes sailing by itself.
Thats what a ship is, you know. Its not a keel and a hull and a deck and sails. Thats what a ship needs. But what a ship is. What the Black Pearl really is . . . is freedom.
It is time to be old
To take in sail.
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