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.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
And the winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most.
Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.
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.
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.
Separately there was only wind, water, sail, and hull, but at my hand the four had been given purpose and direction.
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.
The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
The best that science can devise and that naval organization can provide must be regarded only as an aid, and never as a substitute for good seamanship.
It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.
If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn't worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it's life or death.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.
Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.
I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls.
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.
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