Fascinating Quotations that Still Have Meaning Today

Fascinating Quotations that Still Have Meaning Today

March 30, 2019 Boating sailing Sailing news Sailing skills yacht 0

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

Joseph Conrad”

“Sailing – The fine art of slowly going nowhere at great expense while beingcold, wet and miserable.

Irv Heller”

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

Don Bamford”

“He who goes to sea for pleasure would go to hell to pass the time!


“It’s scary to have a 30 foot wave chasing you. If you are steering, you don’t look back. The crew looks back for you, and you watch their faces. When they look straight up, then get ready!

Magnus Olsson”

“Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than the power that crosses the white sea, driven by the stormy wind, making a path under surges that threaten to engulf him


“Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails,and the waters rustle under your bows.

Charles Buxton”

“For the most part, a sailboat navigates through its world of wind and water not leaving a single trace of its passage. Nothing is consumed. Nothing is altered. The winds and the water are left in exactly the same condition for the next user. Sailing is forever.

Michael B. McPhee”

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbour. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain”

“To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes”

“Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast.

William Penn”

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

Bertha Calloway”

“He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.

Dr Thomas Fuller”

“Hoist up sail while gale doth last, Tide and wind stay no man’s pleasure

Robert Southwell”

“I’d like to be a sailor – a sailor bold and bluff, Calling out, ‘Ship ahoy!’ in manly tones and gruff. I’d learn to box the compass, and to reef and tack and luff; I’d sniff and sniff the briny breeze and never get enough. Perhaps I’d chew tobacco, or an old black pipe I’d puff, But I wouldn’t be a sailor if The Sea was very rough.

C J Dennis”

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