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“To young men contemplating a voyage I would say go.” – Joshua Slocum

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 “Some years ago, never mind how long precisely, having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.” -Herman Melville

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 “The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.”- Ernest Hemingway

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“The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance.” -Annie Van De Wiele

“If you can’t tie a knot, tie a lot”

“He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.” – Dr. Thomas Fuller

Red sky in morning, sailor take warning. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” –

“I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.” – Bernard Moitessier

“Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.”- Joseph Conrad

“Never in my life before have I experienced such beauty, and fear at the same time”- Ellen MacArthur

“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.” – John Paul Jones

“It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” -Sir Francis Drake

“If you can’t repair it, maybe it shouldn’t be on board.” -Lin and Larry Pardey

“Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.” -Don Bamford

“Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.” -Charles G. Davis

“Sailing, the most expensive way to travel 3rd class” –

“Most of my money I spent on boats and women. The rest I pissed away” – Skipper Bob

“The man who would be fully employed should procure a ship or a woman, for no two things produce more trouble” – Plautus

“The problem with some people is that when they aren’t drunk, they’re sober.” -William Butler Yeats

“The sea finds out everything you did wrong.” – Francis Stokes

“He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger.” -Hammon Ines

“Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world.” – Nicholas Monsarrat

“Wind is to us what money is to life on shore.” -Sterling Hayden

“When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land.”- Dr. Samuel Johnson

“The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.”
-Sir Francis Chichester while loading his boat with gin.

“The sea hates a coward.”- Eugene O’Neill

“Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear.” -Buzzy Trent



4 Responses to Sailing Quotes

  1. Glen Tomlinson says:

    “There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity.” – Thomas Gibbons

    awesome site and videos…good luck.

  2. jasoncross Akpa says:

    Its fun viewing this site….. I learned a lot

  3. MK Nunley says:

    GREAT website – am preparing a retirement speech for a 30-year soon to retire Sailor ! Thanks.

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