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.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
I can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.
We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
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.
Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.
If the Spray discovered no continents on her voyage, it may be that there were no more continents to be discovered. She did not seek new worlds, or sail to pow-wow about the dangers of the sea.
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.
Sailboats are the slowest form of transportation on Earth with the possible exeption of airline flights that go through O'Hare.
Wisdom sails with wind and time.
Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.
There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity.
I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.
Always sailing, sailing, sailing...never quite reaching.
That's what sailing is, a dance, and your partner is the sea. And with the sea you never take liberties. You ask her, you don't tell her. You have to remember always that she's the leader, not you. You and your boat are dancing to her tune.
He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.
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