I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.
At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.
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.
It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.
Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there.
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
The sea finds out everything you did wrong.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.
And the winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by.
Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.
The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.
It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.
O Mariner-soul, Thy quest is but begun, There are new worlds Forever to be won.
Look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue.
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most.
No conjunction can possibly occur, however fearful, however tremendous it may appear, from which a man by his own energy may not extricate himself, as a mariner by the rattling of his cannon can dissipate the impending waterspout.
The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.
A great sorrow, like a mariner's quadrant, brings the sun at noon down to the horizon, and we learn where we are on the sea of life.
There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
The cabin of a small yacht is truly a wonderful thing; not only will it shelter you from a tempest, but from the other troubles in life, it is a safe retreat.
There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship. At that time you can be equal to Ulysses and brother to him.
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