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75+ Best Sailing Quotes for Your Inner Sailor

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The freedom that comes with casting off the lines and heading out into open water is something many authors, poets, and explorers have aimed to express in words.

This list contains the best sailing quotes, whether from a famous writer or an avid sailor.

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Many of these famous quotes about sailing are inspirational, while others represent the challenges of a sailing lifestyle. Other sayings on the list are sailing metaphors for life – inspiration for all sailors, world travelers, and adventurers!

Find a specfic type of sailing quote in the sections below, or browse all the quotes.

Sail Away Quotes

Below are sailor sayings that express what it feels like to live on the ocean. These quotes make you want to cast off the lines and sail away with no plan for return to port.

1. “There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.” —  Joseph Conrad, Polish-British Writer

2. “I wanted freedom, open air, and adventure. I found it on the sea.” —  Alaine Gerbault, French Sailor

Sail away inspired quote, “I wanted freedom, open air, and adventure. I found it on the sea.” - Alain Gerbault, written above a red sunset over the ocean.

3. “Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” —  Van Morrison, Irish Singer-Songwriter

4. “Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.” —  Amelia Earhart, American Aviation Pioneer & Author

5. “A man is never lost at sea.” —  Ernest Hemingway, American Writer

6. “It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” ―  Sir Francis Drake, English Explorer

Inspirational sailing away quote, “It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” - Sir Francis Drake, written above a woman holding a main stay looking at the colors across the water at twilight.

7. “The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.” —   Joshua Slocum, First Person to Single-Hand Circumnavigate

8. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.” — E.E. Cummings, American Poet & Author

9. “To young men contemplating a voyage, I’d say go.” — Joshua Slocum, First Person to Single-Hand Circumnavigate

Inspirational Sailing Quotes

These are our favorite sailing and sailboat quotes that capture the feeling of a day on the water.

10. “A bad day sailing is 100 times better than a good day at work.” —  Unknown

11. “Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic.” — Van Morrison, Northern Irish Singer & Songwriter

12. “It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.” — Vito Dumas, Argentine Solo Sailor & Circumnavigator

13. “You haven’t lived until you’ve sailed.” — David Sedaris, Theft by Finding: Diaries

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14. “The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.” — Henry David Thoreau, American Poet & Philosopher

15. “On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.” — Rumi, Persian Poet

16. “Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and, in an extraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting.” — Francis LeGrande

Sailing Quotes About Life

These are our favorite sailing quotes that are metaphors for life and translate to its many challenges and struggles.

17. “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” ―  Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter

18. “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” ―  Louisa May Alcott, American Poet

19. “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” ―  Seneca, Roman Philosopher

20. “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” ― William Ernest Henley, English Poet & Writer

Pinterest image of a small sailboat in a beautiful, but eerie and foggy anchorage.

21. “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.” —  Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

22. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ―  Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Philosopher

23. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ―  William Arthur Ward, American Writer

24. “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 harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ―  Mark Twain, American Writer

25. “On life’s vast ocean, diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.” ―  Alexander Pope, English Poet

Sailing quote about life, “On life’s vast ocean, diversely we sail. Reason the card, passion the gale.” - Alexander Pope, written above a jib sheet line with the ocean view in the background.

26. “One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.” —  Henry Miller, American Writer & Artist

27. “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” —  Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President

28. “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Christopher Columbus, Italian Explorer

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

30. “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” — Willa Cather, American Writer

Cruising Quotes

These quotes are for the full-time cruisers living a life on the water. These are some of our favorite sayings about modern-day life on a sailboat.

31. “To be successful at sea, we must keep things simple.” ―   Pete Culler, Author & Renowned Wooden Boat Builder

32. “Go small, go simple, go now.” ―  Larry Pardey, Sailor & Writer

33. “At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” —  Robin Lee Graham, American Sailor

Cruising quote, “At sea I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” - Robin Graham, written above a sailboat sailing on blue water.

34. “The single commandment of anchoring is ‘thou shall create scope.'” ― Reese Palley, Art Dealer & Circumnavigator

35. “The charm of singlehanded cruising is not solitude, but independence.” — Claud Worth, Master Mariner & Writer

36. “The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.” —  Dom Degnon, Yacht Broker & Freelance Writer

37. “Cruising is fixing your boat in exotic locations.” —  Unknown

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38. “Home is where the anchor drops.” —  Unknown

39. “If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.”   —  Pete Goss, British Sailor

40. “The planning stage of a cruise is often just as enjoyable as the voyage itself, letting one’s imagination loose on all kinds of possibilities. Yet translating dreams into reality means a lot of practical questions have to be answered.” —  Jimmy Cornell, British Sailor & Author

41. “It’s remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living.” —  Ernest K. Gann, American Sailor & Author

Sailing and Adventure Quotes from Novels

These quotes are from some of our favorite novels. They encapsulate life on the water, the sailing lifestyle, and seeking adventure!

42. “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” —  Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

43. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.” ―  Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

Adventure novel quote, “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float - To gain all while you give - To roam the roads, of lands remote - To travel is to live.” - Hans Christian Andersen, written over clear blue water calmly lapping a pebble beach and driftwood

44. “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” ―  Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild

45. “The truths of the sea, like the truths of the soul, cannot be reduced to numbers.” ― Webb Chiles, The Ocean Waits

46. “There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you’ve done it there’s always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not.” —  Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Quotes About Ships

Whether as vessels of exploration, symbols of resilience, or metaphors for life’s journey, ships have long captured the esscense of the adventurer’s spirit.

47. “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” ―  John A. Shedd, American Author

48. “The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.” — John Rousmaniere, American Author

Inspiration sailing quote “The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.” - John Rousmaniere, written above a couple on the bow of a sailboat with the sails flying.

49. “It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is…what the Black Pearl really is…is freedom.” —  Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

50. “A sailing vessel is alive in a way that no ship with mechanical power ever be.” ― Aubrey de Selincourt, English Writer

51. “Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made, for somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid.” — Robert N. Rose, Poet

Ocean Quotes

These quotes are specifically about the ocean or the sea. If you are a sailor or beach lover, I’m sure you love to romanticize the sea, and these quotes will resonate with you.

52. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ―  Jacques Yves Cousteau, French Naval Officer

53. “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.” ―  John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President

54. “Dance with the waves, move with the sea, let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” ―  Christy Ann Martine, Canadian Poet

55. “At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” ―  Sandy Gingras, Writer & Illustrator

Quote about the ocean, “At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” - Sandy Gingras, written on top of a picture of a people beach with a wave crashing on the shore.

56. “Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” ―  Sylvia Earle, American Marine Biologist

57. “If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” ―  Jimmy Buffett, American Singer-Songwriter

58. “The sea is a desert of waves, a wilderness of water.” —  Langston Hughes, American Poet

Funny Sailing Quotes

This selection features funny sailing quotes from poets, writers, and modern-day cruisers, that explore the lighter side of life at sea.

59. “Sailing – The fine art of slowly going nowhere at great expense while being cold, wet, and miserable.” — Irv Heller

60. “The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.” — Carl Sandburg, American Poet

61. “Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.” —  Sir Francis Chichester, Sailor & Author (First Man to Single-Hand Circumnavigate Non-Stop)

62. “Later down the road of life, I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land.” — Jimmy Buffett, American Singer-Songwriter (A Pirate Looks at Fifty)

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

Pinterest image of blue green ocean water that is smooth as glass with text overlay of Don Bamford quote.

64. “The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared.” — Ted Turner, Entrepreneur & America’s Cup Winner

65. “Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” ‍‍— Brooks Atkinson, American Theatre Critic

66. “When the draught of your vessel exceeds the depth of the water, you are most assuredly, aground.” — Ian Walsh

67. “A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway.” — Webb Chiles , Writer & Sailor

68. “Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified, I know.” — Donald Hamilton, American Writer

69. “If we get lost, we’ll just pull in somewhere and ask directions.” — Captain Ron Rico (Captain Ron)

70. “The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.” — Eric Hiscock, British Sailor & Author

Sailing Quotes from Movies

These unforgettable sailing quotes are all from the silver screen, where the sea has played a starring role in captivating audiences for decades.

71. “A diesel loves her oil same as a sailor loves rum.” — Captain Ron Rico (Captain Ron)

72. “It’s not just sails and knots, it’s seeing where you’re going in your mind. Knowing where you are by knowing where you’ve been.” — Maui (Moana)

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73. “You know, there have been more people in space than have sailed around the world. I didn’t even know it was something you can do, but you can, and I want to. ‘Cause I’m an adventurer.” — Jessica Watson (True Spirit)

74. “You can’t run from the wind. You trim your sails, face the music, and keep going.”  — Captain Christopher “Skipper” Sheldon (White Squall)

75. “Now…bring me that horizon.” —  Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)

76. “But it ain’t all buttons and charts, little albatross. You know what the first rule of flying is? Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.” — Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Serenity)

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Morgan, the founder of The Home That Roams, has been living nomadically for over five years. She began her journey traveling across the U.S. in a motorhome and cruising on a liveaboard sailing catamaran. Currently, she lives full-time in a travel trailer, sharing resources on RV living and boat life to help others downsize their lives and thrive in an alternative lifestyle.

Id rather be lost at sea then found at work…..Anon.

I can definitely relate to this one!

The cost of good navigation is constant vigilance.

All sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable. They live in the varying outer weather and inhale its fickleness – and when retained for any object remote and blank in the pursuit, however promissory of life and passion in the end, it is above all things requisite that temporary interests and employments should intervene to hold them healthily suspended for the final dash. – Herman Melville, Moby Dick

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The 74 Best Sailing Quotes

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Ever since its inception, sailing has been linked to a sense of freedom and drive for adventure out on the sea. For many centuries, sailors were considered to be bold and courageous people willing to risk their lives for fortune and honor.

Many people have tried to express the freedom and enjoyment of sailing through words and quotes.

Many great men and women have fallen in love with sailing over the years, giving birth to a practically endless series of funny, happy and inspirational quotes.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of our personal favorites.

Inspirational Sailing Quotes

Our favorite inspirational sailing quotes to get you inspired and motivated are below.

“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 harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ‍ ‍-Mark Twain
“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” ‍ ‍-Christopher Columbus
“Sailors, with their built-in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world.” ‍ ‍-Nicholas Monsarrat
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ‍ ‍-William Arthur Ward
“A bad day sailing is 100 times better than a good day at work.” ‍ ‍-An Unknown Sailor
“Who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little” ‍ ‍-Paul Carvel
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” ‍ ‍-Willa Cather
“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky. And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” ‍ ‍-John Masefield
“To be successful at sea we must keep things simple.” ‍ ‍-Pete Culler
“The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.” ‍ ‍-Ernest Hemingway
“Nothing comes sailing by itself” ‍ ‍-Alexander Dale Oen
“The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself” ‍ ‍-John Rousmaniere
“Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea.” ‍ ‍-Charles Cook
“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.” ‍ ‍-William Sheed
“To young men contemplating a voyage I would say go” ‍ ‍-Joshua Slocum
“To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives.” ‍ ‍-Carleton Mitchell
“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.” ‍ ‍-Thomas Merton
“I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.” ‍ ‍-Alain Gerbault
“There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.” ‍ ‍-Joseph Conrad
“To reach a port we must set sail - Sail, not tie at anchor - Sail, not drift.” ‍ ‍-Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” ‍ ‍-Vincent Van Gogh
“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” ‍ ‍-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” ‍ ‍-Fitzhugh Dodson
“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” ‍ ‍-Syrus Publilius
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ‍ ‍-African proverb
“Can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” ‍ ‍-Ricky Skaggs
“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn topsail in high winds.” ‍ ‍-Aristotle Onassis
“He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger.” ‍ ‍-Hammond Ines
“Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.” ‍ ‍-Dennis Conner
“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.” ‍ ‍-Augustus Hare
“No literature is richer than that of the sea. No story is more enthralling, no tradition is more secure.” ‍ ‍-Felix Riesenberg
“The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.” ‍ ‍-Ovid
“There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity.” ‍ ‍-Thomas Gibbons
“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” ‍ ‍-Robin Graham
“The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.” ‍ ‍-Dom Degnon
“I cannot not sail” ‍ ‍-E. B. White
“The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance” ‍ ‍-Annie Van De Wiele
“When all seems to be against you, remember, a ship sometimes has to sail against the current, not with it.” ‍ ‍-Matshona Dhliwayo
“In a calm sea, every man is a pilot.” ‍ ‍-John Ray

Happy Sailing Quotes

Below are our favorite sailing quotes that will make you happy.

“Never in my life before have I experienced such beauty, and fear at the same time.” ‍ ‍-Ellen MacArthur
“The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.” ‍ ‍-Joshua Slocum
“Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails” ‍ ‍-Sailors Proverb
“Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford.” ‍ ‍-George Matthew Adams
“Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows.” ‍ ‍-Charles Buxton
“Instead of sailing off into the sunset, he hopes to sail into the next century.” ‍ ‍-Dave Anderson
“I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth, a nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and without borders, where life is lived in the present. In this limitless nation, this nation of wind, light, and peace, there is no other ruler besides the sea.” ‍ ‍-Bernard Moitessier
“You haven't lived until you've sailed.” ‍ ‍-David Sedaris
“It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” ‍ ‍-Sir Francis Drake
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ‍ ‍-Jacques Yves Cousteau
“The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.” ‍ ‍-Edmund Gibbon
“Sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway.” ‍ ‍-Webb Chiles
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” ‍ ‍-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
“It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” ‍ ‍-George William Curtis
“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
“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.” ‍ ‍-Sophocles
“The planning stage of a cruise is often just as enjoyable as the voyage itself, letting ones imagination loose on all kinds of possibilities. Yet translating dreams into reality means a lot of practical questions have to be answered.” ‍ ‍-Jimmy Cornell
“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” ‍ ‍-Francis Herreshoff
“And after two days in civilization we realized we could never stay for long and started to plan our next adventure.” ‍ ‍-Bob Bitchin
“Sail Now, Work Later” ‍ ‍-An Unknown Sailor

Funny Sailing Quotes

Below are our favorite funny sailing quotes that will make you laugh.

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Give him a fishing lesson and he'll sit in a boat drinking beer every weekend.” ‍ ‍-Alex Blackwell
“Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.” ‍ ‍-Sir Francis Chichester
“When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land.” ‍ ‍-Dr. Samuel Johnson
“The cure for anything is saltwater - sweat, tears, or the sea.” ‍ ‍-Isak Dinesen
“Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.” ‍ ‍-Charles Davis
“Sailing – The fine art of slowly going nowhere at great expense while being cold, wet and miserable.” ‍ ‍-Irv Heller
“The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.” ‍ ‍-Eric Hiscock
“Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.” ‍ ‍-Don Bamford
“Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” ‍ ‍-Brooks Atkinson
“Thing about boats is, you can always sell them if you don't like them. Can't sell kids.” ‍ ‍-Lin Pardey

Sad Sailing Quotes

Below are our favorite sad sailing quotes that are deeply thoughtful.

“As we sail through life, don't avoid rough waters, sail on because calm waters won't make a skillful sailor.” ‍ ‍-Unknown
“The ocean has taken everything from me and yet I still love her.” ‍ ‍-Unknown
“Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.” ‍ ‍-Jean-Paul Sartre

These are our favorite sailing quotes to get you inspired, motivated and happy.

Some of these quotes are deeply thoughtful whilst others are more light- hearted and funny.

What's your favorite quote?

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The 101 Most Inspiring Sailing QuotesFor Your Next Adventure

Looking for the best sailing quotes.

Sailing is one of the oldest and most captivating activities in history, so there are a whole lot of sailing quotes all over the internet. You’ll find quotes from famous authors, poets, songwriters, and actors, everyone has something to say about sailing and we don’t blame them!

With every passing year, more people are turning to sailing as a way to find respite from their everyday routines – and as they do, an increasing number of inspiring sailing songs and quotes about sailing have been shared by adventurers around the world.

Perhaps we need to get adding to the list as we embark on our fifth year of living on a sailboat!

In this blog post we’ll explore some of these sailing quotes. Most of them are great for Instagram captions (I know, I’ve used a lot of them!) or you can write them in the front of books when you gift them to people.

Or you can just read and enjoy! It’s totally up to you!

Famous Sailing Quotes

These are timeless sailing quotes that you’re likely to see over and over again, and for good reason. Some of these famous quotes are our absolute favourites!

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  • “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd, American Author
  • “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott, American Poe t
  • “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 harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain, American Writer
  • “One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller, American Writer & Artist
  • “Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” Van Morrison, Irish Singer-Songwriter
  • “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward, American Writer
  • “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President
  • “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Christopher Columbus, Italian Explorer
  • “A man is never lost at sea.” Ernest Hemingway, American Writer
  • “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” Seneca, Roman Philosopher
  • “A bad day sailing is 100 times better than a good day at work.” Unknown
  • “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” William Ernest Henley
  • “How inappropriate it is to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Sea.” Arthur C. Clarke
  • “The good seaman weathers the storm he cannot avoid and avoids the storm he cannot weather.” Unknown

Sailing Quotes About Freedom

These quotes will be sure to instill that feeling of freedom and adventure that you find when you’re out sailing. Warning – reading these may well encourage you to head off on a sailing adventure of your own!

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15. “It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” Sir Francis Drake, English Explorer

16. “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter

17. “I wanted freedom, open air, and adventure. I found it on the sea.” Alaine Gerbault, French Sailor

18. “The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.” Joshua Slocum, First Person to Single-Hand Circumnavigate

19. “Home is where the anchor drops.” Unknown

20. “It’s remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living.” Ernest K. Gann, American Sailor & Author

21 “On life’s vast ocean, diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.” Alexander Pope, English Poet

22 “Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” Brooks Atkinson

23. “There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.” Joseph Conrad, Polish-British Writer

24. “Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.” Amelia Earhart, American Aviation Pioneer & Author

25. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.” E.E. Cummings, American Poet & Author

26. “A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway.” Webb Chiles

27. “The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.” Henry David Thoreau, American Poet & Philosopher

28. “On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.” Rumi

Weathering Storms Quotes

Sailors face some pretty tough conditions out there, and some great quotes have come from those reflecting on the strength and courage that storms at sea have given them. Sailing can be dangerous . These sailing quotes are great life quotes as well.

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29. “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” Willa Cather, American Writer

30. “Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and, in an extraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting.” Francis LeGrande

31. “The most challenging times bring us the most empowering lessons.” Karen Salmansohn

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

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

34. “The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.” Carl Sandburg

Cruising Quotes

Our favourite sailing quotes sum up what life is really like as a full-time cruiser. It’s not always glamorous, but it’s always an adventure.

If you’re thinking of becoming a full-time liveaboard then we’ve got the ultimate guide for you . Go from landlubber to salty sea dog in no time!

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35. “The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.” John Rousmaniere, American Author

36. “There is no better tool or equipment you can have on board than a well-trained crew.” Larry Pardey , Sailor

37. “A sailing vessel is alive in a way that no ship with mechanical power ever be.” Aubrey de Selincourt

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

39. “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway

40. “If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.” Pete Goss, British Sailor

41. “To be successful at sea, we must keep things simple.” Pete Culler, Author & Renowned Wooden Boat Builder

42. “Go small, go simple, go now.” Larry Pardey, Sailor & Writer

43. “To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives.” Carleton Mitchell

44. “At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” Robin Lee Graham, American Sailor

45. “The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.” Dom Degnon, Freelance Writer

46. “Cruising is fixing your boat in exotic locations.” Unknown

Sailing Quotes From Novels

Nothing quite matches the feeling of waking up on a sailboat or yacht in the middle of an ocean and living life at its most adventurous.

Sailing quotes from books and novels demonstrate that this kind of experience has been inspiring adventure seekers for decades, expressed by writers who want to capture the unique freedom only found while sailing.

Whether you are just getting started with your sailing journey, or have a lifetime’s worth of experiences, these classic quotes will reconnect you to what makes such an activity so special!

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47. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ernest Hemingway

48. “I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.” Cheryl Strayed

49. “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

50. “Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made, for somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid.” Robert N. Rose 

51. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.” Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

52. “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

53. “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild

Sailing Quotes From The Movies

A love for sailing often stirs within us when the wind picks up and we smell the salty sea. Movies have captured the allure of setting sail, taking that adventurous voyage across a vast ocean, and embracing what lies beyond.

Here is a collection of some of our favorite sailing quotes from the movies – motivating you to get out on open waters!

Whether you’re trying to motivate yourself to jump on an upcoming journey or just appreciate a beautiful day at sea, these sailing lines will undoubtedly hit close to home.

Here’s your invitation: suit up, let down your sails, drop anchor, and join us as we explore these famous words with our inspirational takeaways. Let’s set sail!

Top tip: Watch some of the best sailing YouTube channels to get inspired!

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54. “Not all treasure is silver and gold.” Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

55. “They say home is where the heart is, and for most people that consists of four walls and a welcome mat. But for me, it’s the ocean, with the warmth of the sun on my skin.” Bethany Hamilton Soul Surfer

56. “Now…bring me that horizon.” Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

57. “The ocean doesn’t help you. You help yourself!” Dwayne Johnson (as Maui), Moana 

58. “It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is…what the Black Pearl really is…is freedom.” Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

Quotes About The Ocean

With the vastness of the ocean and its many mysteries, it’s no surprise that people have been writing about this enchanting body of water for centuries.

From ancient Greek philosophers to modern-day songwriters, each quote captures something different and provides an interesting perspective on this seemingly endless expanse of blue.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration on how to appreciate the beauty of nature or simply need a reminder to savor life’s little moments, read ahead to discover some insightful quotes about the ocean.

Or if you’re looking for something more short and snappy you’ll be wanting the best ocean captions for Instagram .

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59. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Yves Cousteau, French Naval Officer

60. “When your life is moving too fast and you find yourself in chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset.” Christy Ann Martine

61. “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.” John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President

62. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Philosopher

63. “At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” Sandy Gingras, Writer & Illustrator

64. “Dance with the waves, move with the sea, let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” Christy Ann Martine, Canadian Poet

65. “If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” Jimmy Buffett, American Singer-Songwriter

66. “Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” Sylvia Earle, American Marine Biologist

67. “The sea is a desert of waves, a wilderness of water.” Langston Hughes, American Poet

Quotes To Encourage You To Untie The Docklines

Have you ever had a burning desire to strike out on your own but were too afraid or held back by the safety and security of staying within the confines of what’s comfortable?

Maybe it was a job, maybe it was a relationship, or perhaps you yearned for exploration – whatever it may be, know that you’re not alone. The uncertainty and fear associated with leaving comfort zones is felt by many.

To provide some motivation on your journey, here are some inspiring quotes to encourage you to untie those docklines and let the current take hold!

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68. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” T.S. Eliot

69. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” Michael Jordan

70. “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” Lewis Carroll

71. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” Rachel Wolchin

72. “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” Helen Keller

73. “You can. You should. And if you are brave enough to start, you will.” Stephen King

74. “Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.” Roy T. Bennett

75. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” Mary Anne Radmacher

76. “It feels good to be lost in the right direction.” Anonymous

77. “And after two days in civilization we realized we could never stay for long and started to plan our next adventure.” Bob Bitchin (Letters from the Lost Soul)

78. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin

79. “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” Jaime Lyn

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Feel free to pair these quotes with your favorite sailing photos for a touch of inspiration and adventure on your Instagram feed! ⛵️📸✨

80. “Sail away into the horizon and let your worries drift away.” ⛵️✨

81. “Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.” ⚓️💪

82. “Smooth seas never made skilled sailors.” 🌊⛵️

83. “Every adventure requires a first step. Mine was setting sail.” 🌟⛵️

84. “Find your direction and set sail towards your dreams.” 🌅⛵️

85. “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul.” 🌊❤️

86. “Sail with the wind, explore the unknown, and embrace the journey.” 🌬️⛵️

87. “In the waves of change, we find our true direction.” 🌊🧭

88. “Life is better on a boat.” 🚤💙

89. “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ⛵️✨

90. “The ocean is calling, and I must go.” 🌊⛵️

91. “Saltwater heals everything.” 🌊💙

92. “Sailors have the best stories.” ⚓️📖

93. “Life is a journey. Enjoy the sail.” ⛵️✨

94. “Let the sea set you free.” 🌊⚓️

95. “Wind in my sails, salt in my veins.” 🌬️⛵️

96. “Sail more, worry less.” ⛵️😌

97. “Sailing is the ultimate freedom.” ⛵️🌅

98. “Adventure awaits where the sea meets the sky.” 🌊🌌

99. “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor, but it sure makes for a great day on the water.” 🌊⛵️

100. “Life’s a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” 🎶⛵️

101. “Happiness comes in waves.” 🌊😊

Conclusion: The Best Sailing Quotes

The best sailing quotes can provide guidance to help any sailor out on the open sea. These quotes range from statements of encouragement to lessons of caution; they provide advice and inspiration that can be appreciated by anyone who loves sailing and exploring the open water.

Even seasoned sailors may find the motivation to push further in the waves after reading these insightful words. You never know when you may need a bit of extra courage and resolve to reach your goals.

No matter what your sailing aspirations are, keep peace within yourself, sail with passion, and hold high hopes for all your upcoming voyages!

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We all need some inspiration from time to time. These quotes by sailing legends and enthusiasts have inspired us all at YBW since we launched 20 years ago

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“Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.”  Sir Francis Chichester  

“Every single day since I heard that tap-tapping and knew I had survived, I have told myself I am lucky to be alive. Why go back? Because I’m a racing sailor; that’s what I do. I love the sea, and I love competition. You don’t give up on life just because you once had a narrow shave from death.”  Tony Bullimore

“My mother, when asked for her opinion of the voyage before I sailed, had replied that she considered it ‘totally irresponsible’ and on this Christmas Day I began to think she was right. I was sailing round the world simply because I bloody well wanted to – and, I realised, I was thoroughly enjoying myself.”  Robin Knox-Johnston

“The day passes happily with me wherever my ship sails.”  Joshua Slocum

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

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“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came. ”  John F. Kennedy

“There have been times on this trip I’ve been convinced that GPS was wrong.”   Chris Robb

“Calm sailing doesn’t come from calm waters, it comes from having a good navigator; a good crew and a good vessel.”  Anthony T. Hincks

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“It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.”   Vito Dumas

“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.”  L. Francis Herreshoff

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“The charm of singlehanded cruising is not solitude, but independence.”  Claud Worth

“When you are in a huge storm, and you’ve set the boat up for the winds, and the autopilot is steering the boat, there’s nothing to do apart from stand there and watch the walls of water breaking around you; it’s an awesome sight.”  Emma Richards

“In splicing, practice makes perfect, and in the doing you will learn more than from reading any ten books on the subject.”  Hervey Garrett Smith

“The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.”  Eric Hiscock

“To win, you have to believe you can do it. You have to be passionate about it. You have to really ‘want’ the result – even if this means years of work. The hardest part of any big project is to begin.”  Sir Peter Blake

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“When you spend so much time pushing, caring for, cajoling and maintaining a beautiful racing machine like this, you get very close. She’s looked after me well, and I look after her. I haven’t been lonely at all.”  Ellen MacArthur

“The chance of mistakes are about equal to the number of crew squared.”   Ted Turner

“The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place.”  Arthur Ransome

“I want a boat that drinks six, eats four, and sleeps two.”  Ernest K. Gann

“A sailing ship is no democracy; you don’t caucus a crew as to where you’ll go anymore than you inquire when they’d like to shorten sail.”  Sterling Hayden

Sailing Quotes: 50+ Sayings About the Ocean

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Last Updated on October 9, 2021 by Amy

Whether you are just starting out and learning how to sail or have completed a world circumnavigation like us , sometimes it helps to be reminded why we do this. There are many benefits to the cruising life, and some inspirational words always help me get there. And at the moment, they make me miss cruising! That’s why I’ve compiled a list of over fifty sailing quotes to remind me how great – or how impactful, awe-inspiring, and essential the cruising life can be.

Are you just starting out? Or are you in the slumps about cruising? I hope some of these quotes about the sailing and cruising life will make you laugh, think, or even, dare I say it, want to go sailing.

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Inspirational Boat Quotes

“To reach a port we must set sail – Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I can’t control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” ―  Ricky Skaggs

“You must never despise the port you were born because no matter how small or how bad it is, it is the place you have started sailing to the universe!” ―  Mehmet Murat ildan

“We each have our oceans and seas that we travel on.” ―  Anthony T Hincks

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” ― Helen Keller

“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.” ― John F Kennedy

“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky. And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” ― John Masefield

Dark Subjects

“She watched the gap between ship and shore grow to a huge gulf. Perhaps this was a little like dying, the departed no longer visible to the others, yet both still existed, only in different worlds.” ― Susan Wiggs, The Charm School

“Sometimes I pretend I’m an anchor because there’s a difference between sinking and drowning.” ―  R.I.D. Inkskinned

“When  Predator  sailed into war, she  sang . The rapid winds and rising shrieks suddenly blended into a single harmonious tone. Lines in the rigging and the yards and the masts themselves quivered in time, and began giving off their own notes of music, in harmony with one another. As the speed increased, the chord rose and rose, and built and  built , until it reached a crescendo of pure, eerie, inhuman fury. Grimm  felt  the music rise around him, felt the ship straining eagerly to her task, and his own heart raced in fierce exultation in time with her. Every line of the ship, every smudge upon her decks, every stain upon the leathers of his aeronauts leapt into his mind in vibrant detail. He could feel the ship’s motion, forward and down, could feel the wind of her passage, could feel the rising terror of his crew. One of the men screamed–one of them always did–and then the entire crew joined in with  Predator , shrieking their battle cries together with their ship’s. The ship would not fail them–Grimm knew it; he felt it, the way he could feel sunlight on his face or the rake of wind in his hair.” ―  Jim Butcher,  The Aeronaut’s Windlass

“So there you have it: hearing voices at sea is not a pathological condition. It’s quite normal. Welcome to the world of illusions at sea. Of mirages, looming, towering, stooping and sinking. Of moons that change size, suns that change shape, horizons that bend, lights that change colour, and sounds that play hide and seek. Of waves that speak, ships that effervesce and whales that turn into baby elephants. For the sea has a lobsterpot full of tricks and illusions to confuse and beguile even the most rational 21st century sailor.” ―  Nic Compton,  Off the Deep End: A History of Madness at Sea

“For I say there is no other thing that is worse than the sea is for breaking a man, even though he may be a very strong one.” ―  Homer

“Sail through the good days, and on bad days pick a spot of blue sky to steer toward.” ―  Richelle E. Goodrich,  Making Wishes

Practical Sailing Quotes

“Go small, go simple, go now” ―  Larry Pardey,  Cruising in Seraffyn

“She found out that having something to do prevented you from feeling seasick, and that even a job like scrubbing a deck could be satisfying, if it was done in a seamanlike way. She was very taken with this notion, and later on she folded the blankets on her bunk in a seamanlike way, and put her possessions in the closet in a seamanlike way, and used ‘stow’ instead of ‘tidy’ for the process of doing so. After two days at sea, Lyra decided that this was the life for her.” ―  Philip Pullman,  The Golden Compass

“A small boat that sails the river is better than a large ship that sinks in the sea.” ―  Matshona Dhliwayo

Humorous Yacht Sayings

“Thing about boats is, you can always sell them if you don’t like them. Can’t sell kids.” ―  Lin Pardey,  Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife

“For those of you who wish to get a feel for it, get in the car and bring it up to fifty miles an hour and then stick your head and arms outside and, while driving, try to fold up a simple bath towel in the wind” ―  Gary Paulsen,  Caught by the Sea: My Life on Boats

“Charter boats are like books with no covers.” ―  Tania Aebi

“One of the reasons there are so many terms for conditions of ice is that the mariners observing it were often trapped in it, and had nothing to do except look at it.” ―  Alec Wilkinson,  The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration

“The winds of fortune tend to favour the sails of those who politely yell out to it, ‘Nice to meet you!” ―  Nabil Sabio Azadi

“You don’t throw a compass overboard because the ocean is calm.” ―  Matshona Dhliwayo

The Joys of Sailing Quotes

“Seas were meant to be sailed by those with salt in their veins, and love in their heart.” ―  Anthony T.Hincks

“I wanted freedom, open air, adventure. I found it on the sea.” ― Alain Gerbault

“Sailing unties the knots in my mind.” ― Al Noble

To some it’s just water. To me, it’s where I regain my sanity. ― Anonymous

“A sailing vessel is alive in a way that no ship with mechanical power ever be.” ― Aubrey de Selincourt

“There is no more thrilling sensation I know of than sailing. It comes as near to flying as man has got to yet – except in dreams.” ―  Jerome K. Jerome,  Three Men in a Boat

“Just because a sea is calm doesn’t mean that you can believe in its stillness.” ―  Anthony T. Hincks

“When I’m out sailing, I don’t wonder what heaven is like because I know.” ―  Anthony T. Hincks

It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better. ― Sir Francis Drake

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. ― Jacques Yves Cousteau

There’s 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. ― Errol Flynn

“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be Pirates” —Mark Twain

“That’s what a ship is, you know—it’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs. But what a ship is, really is, is freedom.” ― Captain Jack Sparrow, “Pirates of the Caribbean”

“You haven’t lived until you’ve sailed” ―  David Sedaris,  Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002

“Sometimes you need to tether your boats to stop them from following your dreams.” ―  Anthony T. Hincks

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. ― Kenneth Grahame

“The ocean’s currents are a turbulent emotion which man has yet to come to terms with.” ―  Anthony T. Hincks

“If you are a boat that wants to sail in windy weather, you must be more stubborn than the waves!” ―  Mehmet Murat ildan

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.” ― Aristotle Onassis

A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. ― William Shedd

“Storms draw out something out of us that calm seas don’t.” ― Bill Hybels

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

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. ― Vincent Van Gogh

“The only ship you can truly steer in this ocean is the one you’re sailing. Quit trying to alter the winds; harness them.” ―  Richelle E. Goodrich,  Making Wishes

“The wind does not change, the wind only blows and gusts, and it swells and swirls, and it whispers.” ―  Christopher X. Shade,  The Good Mother of Marseille

“Maria didn’t fear the sea but, as taught by her father, she respected its power. In her experience the ocean had no intent to drown travellers.” ―  Sara Sheridan,  On Starlit Seas

“A sailor is not defined as much by how many seas he has sailed than by how many storms he has overcome.” ―  Matshona Dhliwayo

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” ― Louisa May Alcott

Distant Horizons

“The wind tousled his hair, and Dain’s chest loosed a little as his gaze broke from the wooden maid to follow a breeze-blown gull toward the horizon. The distant salmon skies dipped over the rim of the sea, and for the first time since boarding, he wondered where the waves might take him.” ―  Micheline Ryckman,   The Maiden Ship

“I hate the strange feeling of wanting to be in two places at once, like a sailor who misses the sea as much as he misses dry land.” ― Michelle Moran, Rebel Queen

“To meditate is to sail a course, to navigate, among problems many of which we are in the process of clearing up. After each one looms another, whose shores are even more attractive, more suggestive. Certainly, it requires strength and perseverance to get to windward of problems, but there is no greater delight than to reach new shores, and even to sail, as Camoëns says, “through seas that keel has never cut before.” If you will now open a bank-account of attention for me, I foretell sun-smitten landscapes and promise archipelagoes.” ―  José Ortega y Gasset

“But that’s how it is on a sailing ship, and in this respect its journey parallels that of life: simply knowing where you want to go isn’t enough, because life is a windblown voyage, consisting mainly of the detours imposed by alternating calm and storm.” ―  Carsten Jensen,  We, the Drowned

“At the end of the day…we are anchoring into the peaceful lagoon, smiling at the majestic sun and its flirting rays, slowly slipping into the glittering ballroom of immense night skies, sipping on the platinum moon liquor under the blues of rippling waves kissing my golden foot hanging over the board of gently rocking boat, and diving into the bed of galaxies whispering magical stories of their eternal lives connecting souls…till the dawn…” ―  Oksana Rus

“And there’s that one particular harbour Sheltered from the wind Where the children play on the shore each day And all are safe within” ― Jimmy Buffett

“Midnight sail and moonlight. I remember sunset, and gentle breeze. Leaving the city lights behind, and gazing at the moon. Mountains of clouds. Waves slapping our boat. It was easy to forget that love has no direction, or need for compass. Let it guide you to its destination.” ―  Fidelis O Mkparu

“Cold November nights. It feels as if summer never happened. The beauty of setting sun, moon, and stars. Sailing to nowhere, but finding happiness in our togetherness. Never forget what we are. Stranded hearts.” ― Fidelis O. Mkparu, Love’s Affliction

“The moon was low but not full. The men set out along the dock in conversation. As they dropped onto the dark beach, Simmons declared, ‘There can be no better place in the world than this.’ Henderson had to agree. The beach was beautiful. The stars lit the sand and balmy air rode in as the waves washed up on paradise” ―  Sara Sheridan,  On Starlit Seas

“There, in the shimmering distance, was a sail. I stared in momentary disbelief, but there it was, one of the most beautiful sights the Pacific can ever offer — a ship in full sail edging her way through the blue waters.” ―  Tom Neale,  An Island to Oneself: The Story of Six Years on a Desert Island

“Life on the blue part of the globe for eight years had suited me – the wild open spaces, the bliss of buoyancy, the volatile, soul-powered wind. Sailing had struck a nerve both primal and poetic. On and near the ocean life made sense, It made every sense work.” ―  Kaci Cronkhite

“A true sailor is one who finds love in every port.” ―  Tapan Ghosh

“Never a ship sails out of bay but carries my heart as a stowaway.” ―  Roselle Mercier Montgomery

Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit. ‍ ― Brooks Atkinson

“Simply sailing in a new direction you could enlarge the world” ―  Allen Curnow

“We didn’t make it around the world, but we were able to wrap the world around us.” ―  Janis Couvreux,  Sail Cowabunga!: A Family’s 10 Years at Sea

“It had occurred to her many times that on board it didn’t matter where you were coming from or where you were heading. Each voyage had its own charisma. Like writing a book – word by word – or crossing a country – step by step – each minute had to be lived moment by moment.” ―  Sara Sheridan,  On Starlit Seas

The Cruising Lifestyle

“The cruising life isn’t for all of us. It isn’t even for most of us, but it is for some of us, and for a few of us it is essential to survival.” ―  Jim Trefethen,  The Cruising Life

“What do you do?” is not a question asked to define someone, because out here we’re all working the same jobs: yachties, mechanics, navigators, weather-readers, fishermen, adventure travelers, storytellers.” ―  Torre DeRoche,  Love with a Chance of Drowning

“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” ― Robin Lee Graham

“Maybe you’re getting into the rhythm of sailing life,” says James. He looks out at the waves that are rolling in to lap against the dock. “You know, the tides going in and then out, the wind blowing east and then west, the high of a perfect day out on the water, the low of a thunderstorm or a wind that won’t go your way.” ―  Melissa C. Walker,  Unbreak My Heart

“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

Quotes On Love & Crew

“We simply can’t abandon ship every time we encounter a storm in our marriage. Real love is about weathering the storms of life together.” ―  Seth Adam Smith

“He stared at her hard and long, as if he were gauging a cloudbank that might be worth the trouble to sail around rather than through.” ―  A.S. Peterson,  Fiddler’s Green

“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.” ―  Michael Morpurgo,  Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

“The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.” ― Eric Hiscock

“Now I remembered a captain’s honor and his only duty: to bring his crew back alive.” ―  Carsten Jensen,  We, the Drowned

“We of the sea come to know each other quickly; our loves, like our hates, are born of sudden dangers.” ―  Lew Wallace,  Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Quotes On Departing Ports

“I had acquired the skills to sail a ship; I didn’t acquire the knowledge.” ― Tom Holland

“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.” ―  H. Jackson Brown Jr.,  P.S. I Love You

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ― Christopher Columbus

“The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that is not the aim of boats.” ― Paulo Coelho

“The thing that most forget while dreamily looking off into the horizon for the ship of their dreams is that such ships never sail in but are built beneath their feet.” ―  Mike Dooley

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

“The sea was not meant to be controlled. The sea was meant to be sailed.” ―  Jon Acuff

“The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.” ― Carl Sandburg

“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.” ― Joseph Conrad

“How inappropriate it is to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Sea.” ― Arthur C. Clarke

“She loved the sea. She liked the sharp salty smell of the air, and the vastness of the horizons bounded only by a vault of azure sky above. It made her feel small, but free as well.” ―  George R.R. Martin,  A Storm of Swords

Which sailing quote is your favorite?

Beautiful quotes. A pleasure to read. Thank you using so many of my quotes. “The sea is what makes me feel so young.”

All the best. Anthony T. Hincks

You have a way with words!

Amy, devem existir incontáveis citações célebres envolvendo o mar e o nosso eterno caso de amor, que é velejar. Parabéns pelo seu bom gosto. Surpreendente. Já li algumas mas sua seleção é melhor de todas. Sinceros agradecimentos.

The sea is a good muse! 🙂

I collect sailing/travel quotes and many of these were new to me. What a great list.

And…you corrected my erroneously attributing a certain quote to Mark Twain 😉

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more, Lord Byron

Thank you, Amy!

I looked up the Mark Twain thing before I posted, because I saw it attributed to both. Geat Bryon quote.

The quote: ‘Quit trying to alter the winds; harness them.’ really resonated with me today 🙂

Thanks for all the work putting this lovely collection together.

Aw great to hear from you! 🙂

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Sailor's anthem: Nautical quotes and sayings that set sail

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The sea has long been a muse for poets, writers, and dreamers. Whether it's the calm waters reflecting the sky's hues or the tumultuous waves crashing against the shore, the sea's moods and mysteries have inspired profound quotes. We dive into the treasure trove of literary gems that pay homage to the vastness and unpredictability of the ocean.

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Famous sailing quotes and sayings

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Sailing isn't just a journey across the water—it's a metaphor for life itself. Inspirational quotes for sailors remind us of the lessons learned from the sea: resilience, adaptability, and the courage to face the unknown. We gather uplifting quotes that inspire sailors to set their course with confidence and determination.

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Sailing isn't all serious business—there's plenty of room for humor on the high seas. Humorous sailboat quotes and sayings inject laughter into maritime life. From witty observations about navigation mishaps to playful jabs at the unpredictability of the wind, we highlight the lighthearted side of sailing.

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Quotes of the sea: Capturing the essence of sailing

  • "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William Arthur Ward
  • "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • "To reach a port, we must sail—sail, not tie at anchor—sail, not drift." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "I can't control the wind, but I can adjust the sails." - Ricky Skaggs
  • "The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea." - Isak Dinesen
  • "The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish." - Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain
  • "Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature's simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard." - Psyche Roxas-Mendoza
  • "He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea." - George Herbert
  • "A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind." - Webb Chiles
  • "The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul." - Wyland
  • "Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself." - George Matthew Adams
  • "The sea has never been friendly to man. At most, it has been the accomplice of human restlessness." - Joseph Conrad
  • "There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea." - Joseph Conrad

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81 Best Sailing Quotes & Captions. Stuff Boaters Really Say.

These ones speak to our salty hearts. in the sea of witty sayings, these verses truly touch us and we find them to be, ah, so true.

Looking for something emotional, spiritual, inspiring? Or, maybe witty, funny, feisty?

I have you covered.

We sailed hundreds of miles; I read through hundreds of quotes and picked the ones which show the many facets of this complicated and amazing life at sea .

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81 Best Sailing Quotes

Why do you need sailing quotes? Why 81 of them! Use them whenever you need to:

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  • Say something funny before your say, “Cheers!”

Inspirational Quotes About Sailing

Inspirational sailing quotes

Sailing revealed to us the larger and, in many ways, the better side of our world. I wish I had the words to describe the feelings and emotions out on the water.

But I do not.

So, I offer to you these powerful and inspiring words of others.

1. “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

2. “It’s remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living.” – Ernest K. Gann

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

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4. “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 harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

5. “The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.” – Edmund Gibbon

6. “Who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little.” – Paul Carvel

7. “ Remember. It was a professional who built the Titanic, it was an amateur who built Noah’s Ark.” – Vanessa Linsley

Funny Sailing Quotes

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If there is one thing all boaters share, it is the sense of humor and the ability to laugh at ourselves.

These funny quotes are not always born out of fun times. But we have all been there.

And we can look back and laugh about it now.

8. Sailing: The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while slowly going nowhere at great expense. – Henry Beard and Roy Mckie

9. Sorry for what I said when I was docking the boat. – Unknown

10. If you can’t repair it, maybe it shouldn’t be on board. – Lin and Larry Pardey

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11. “The best bilge pump of all is a bucket in the hands of a frightened man.” – Butch Dalrymple-Smith

12. “Sometimes I wonder if my sailboat is thinking about me too.” – Unknown

13. “A diesel loves her oil same as a sailor loves rum.” – Kurt Russell (Captain Ron), Captain Ron

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14. Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” – Brooks Atkinson

15. “To my crew: Please be reasonable and do it my way.” The Captain – Rusty Mills

16. “When the draught of your vessel exceeds the depth of the water, you are most assuredly, aground.” – Ian Walsh

Emotional Sailing Quotes

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It is hard to introduce these next quotes, without sounding like I am trying to invent one myself.

They say that on the water, the highs are really high, and the lows are really low . It is true. We have been through quite a few challenging times on the water.

But then the highs make us forget.

17. “The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen

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

19. “The man who never dreams, goes slowly mad.” – Thomas Dolby

20. I don’t know who named them swells. There’s nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls.” – Hugo Vihlen

21. If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” – Seneca, Roman Philosopher

Spiritual Sailing Quotes

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We feel incredibly humbled on the water. Exposed, vulnerable, yet free and full of hope, forever admiring this incredible home God has created for us.

Few other times in my life, my prayers have been as sincere and my gratitude as genuine, as while sailing under the stars.

22. “Keep us, our God; for your ocean is so wide and our boat is so small.” – A Greek Orthodox sailor’s prayer.

23. There go the ships: [there is] that leviathan, [whom] thou hast made to play therein. – Psalm 104:26

24. The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas. – Ezekiel 27:25

25. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. – Luke 5:3

26. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. – Isaiah 42:10

27. And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: – Acts 10:11

28. “Sail with those who sail; travel with those who travel;” – Divine Liturgy prayer

Feisty Sailing Quotes

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Go for it – say what you want to say. Boaters are known to speak and sing from the heart.

The thing is, when our lives depend on it, and the risks and dangers are so real, there can be little room for politeness.

Ah, that’s OK, they don’t mean it.

Actually, we do.

29. “The sea hates a coward.” – Hugh Rawson

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

31. “Only fools and passengers drink at sea.” – Allan Villiers

32. “There are more sharks on the land than in the sea.” – Neil Wheatley

33. “The right of way goes to the vessel with the least competent crew.” – Mike Baiocchi

34. “May Thor fill your sails, to the place of vengeance!” – Vikings, Season 2

35. “Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

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

37. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

38. “…When the storm rages fierce, Hoist the sail to the top. Oh, how merry the Storm-King appears!…” – The Northmen, a Viking Saga

39. “Now…bring me that horizon.” – Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

Quotes About Pirates

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Our kids’ morning would often start with climbing the mast, adjusting a sail, or dropping anchor. They spied for boats, found treasures after tourists left the beach, explored caves.

Except for the rum , I feel that our cruising life brought them as close to that childhood dream of being a pirate, as one can get.

40. “Every generation welcomes the pirates from the last.” – Lawrence Lessig

41. “As to hanging, it is no great hardship. For were it not for that, every cowardly fellow would turn pirate and so unfit the sea, that men of courage must starve.” – Mary Read

42. “Some pirates achieved immortality by great deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying.” – Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

43. “There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea; I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.” – James Russsell Lowell

44. “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” – Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

45. “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.” – Captain Jack Sparrow, “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Boating Life and Cruising Quotes

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I can probably invent at least 81 quotes on boating life , myself. I probably should.

Living on a sailboat and cruising offers an endless supply of events, feelings and emotions. Sufficient to write stories, songs and books for years to come.

Yep, boat life is that unique. Just as those people said it :

46. “It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” – Sir Francis Drake, Sea Captain

47. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

48. “Anchor as though you plan to stay for weeks, even if you intend to leave in an hour.” – Tommy Moran

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

50. “The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.” – John Rousmaniere

51. “The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.” – Dom Degnon

52. “There is no better tool or equipment you can have on board than a well-trained crew.” – Larry Pardey, cruise’There is no better tool or equipment you can have on board than a well-trained crew.” – Larry Pardey

53. “A tourist remains an outsider throughout his visit; but a sailor is part of the local scene from the moment he arrives.” – Anne Davison

54. “To be successful at sea we must keep things simple.” – R. D. (Pete) Culler

Best Quotes for the Galley

galley sailing quotes

Almost any good kitchen quote can find its way into the galley of a boat.

I loved my galley and I loved cooking in it. But it was hot, with limited supplies and few conveniences and gadgets.

Oh, add the occasional seasickness , and do not wonder why I picked these witty quotes.

55. “Sandwiches are wonderful. You don’t need a spoon or a plate!” – Paul Lynde

56. “Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.” – Julia Child

57. “She who cooks, never cleans.” – Unknown

58. “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” – W.C. Fields

59. “This evening’s forecast includes a 0% chance of me cooking.” – Unknown

60. “Save the earth! It’s the only planet with coffee.” – Unknown

61. “I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and I think, “Well, that’s not going to happen.” – Unknown

Quotes About the Sea

sailboat quotes about life

This is someone else’s world. We are merely visitors.

The sea is a world with few instructions, no signs and lots of stars. It is really, really hard not to leave you with your head spinning and wanting more.

62. “A man is never lost at sea.” – Ernest Hemingway

63. “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

64. “Most of us, I suppose, are a little nervous of the sea. No matter what its smiles may be, we doubt its friendship.” – H.M. Tomlinson

65. “There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about the sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.” – Herman Melville

66. “Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.” – Heinrich Zimmer

67. “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give thee, the more I have, For both are infinite.” – William Shakespeare

68. “How inappropriate it is to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Sea.” – Arthur C. Clarke

69. “I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.” – Alaine Gerbault

70. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Quotes About Fishing

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Ah, the joy of catching a fish, and cooking it, and being grateful for it.

It is hard to describe.

What is even harder to describe is how hard fish are to catch and the average price per fish caught, after the initial investment of all the fishing gear .

Do not get me started!

71. “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” – Vincent Van Gogh

72. “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Give him a fishing lesson and he’ll sit in a boat drinking beer every weekend.” – Alex Blackwell

73. “The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.” – Patrick F. McManus

74. “The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.” – A.K. Best

75. “My biggest worry is that when I’m dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.” – Koos Brandt

76. “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you. Particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” – Mark Twain

Sailing Quotes of Old

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We will not be reinventing the wheel.

Here are some truths and wise words, of those who came before us. Whose eyes gazed upon those same stars, and whose feet splashed in those same waters.

We are not smarter, nor more sophisticated, nor better.

We are simply the next old.

77. A smooth sea never made skilled mariner. – Old English Saying

78. Bound is a boatless man. – Viking Expression

79. You will reach your destination, even though you travel slowly. – Old Viking saying

80. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors, take warning. – Old Saying, unknown origin.

81. Travel far and wide and you should possess the secrets of man. – Norse Mythology

Final Thoughts: Sailing Quotes

Wow, what a fun treasure hunt!

It took a while to collect these amazing sailing quotes and captions. I hope they cheer, inspire and console your yearning, restless spirit, as they did mine.

If you enjoyed this post, please share it. Thank you.

Fair winds, fellow dreamer.

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Sailor Sayings and Sailing Quotes – Inspirational Quotes for Sailors

Are you a sailor and needs some more inspiration? Here’s my list of Quotes about the sea and sailing on a boat.

Two years ago, when Jonathan and I were still broke backpackers, he told me about how he dreams of sailing the open seas – that someday, he would buy himself a boat. Live in it. And travel around the world with it. And you guessed right; he sure did buy us a sailboat.

Here is the list of some popular sailor sayings and sailing quotes that will have you set before your sailing rendezvous:

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

2. the wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator. – edmund gibbon, 3. the pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – william arthur ward.

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4. Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails . – sailors proverb

5. 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. – l. francis herreshoff.

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6. I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

7. A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. – William Shedd

8. You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus

9. He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast. – Leonardo da Vinci

10. He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. – Walter Scott

11. I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky. And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by. – John Masefield

12. That’s what a ship is, you know – it’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs. But what a ship is, really is, is freedom. – Capt. Jack Sparrow

32 of Our Favorite Sailing Quotes for Sailors

13. A tourist remains an outsider throughout his visit, but a sailor is part of the local scene from the moment he arrives. – Anne Davison

14. The perfection of a yacht’s beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty’s sake.  – John MacGregor

15. A sailing vessel is alive in a way that no ship with mechanical power ever be. – Aubrey de Selincourt

16. Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made, for somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid . – Robert N. Rose

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

18. Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea. – Charles Cook

19. We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. – Aristotle Onassis, Shipping Magnate

20. The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator. – Edmund Gibbon, Historian

21. I wanted freedom, open-air, and adventure. I found it on the sea. – Alaine Gerbault, Sailor

22. It is not the ship so much as the skilful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage. – George William Curtis

23. A ship on the port always waits for you to sail to the oceans!  – Mehmet Murat ildan

32 of Our Favorite Sailing Quotes for Sailors

24. The only ship you can truly steer in this ocean is the one you’re sailing. Quit trying to alter the winds; harness them . – Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes

25. 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. – Michael Morpurgo, Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

26. The sea hates a coward. – Eugene O’Neill

27. I was born in the breezes, and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else. – Joshua Slocum

28. If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends . – Enoch Powell

29. 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. – Arthur Ashe

30. There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. – Kenneth Grahame

31. I was born in the breezes, and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else. – Joshua Slocum

32 of Our Favorite Sailing Quotes for Sailors

32. 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. – Arthur Ashe

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80 inspiring sailing quotes and sayings to beat life hurdles.

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Let our highly encouraging metaphoric sailing quotes and sayings from famous authors make you optimistically tackle all life hardships.

What are some best sailing quotes?

An inspirational saying from author Charles Bukowski on how to keep the ship called life sailing smoothly.

‘ My dear Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all, Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you, and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and vastly, But it’s much better to be killed by a lover.’

Remember, we are not born to live a well-adjusted and compromised life and experience recurring outbursts of anger, frustration, and disappointment in everyday living.

Our life can effectively sail through stormy water if we choose to live in the backdrop of emotional stability and mental clarity.

Live what you love and let your life has a flavor of realness , depth, beauty, and originality even if the majority doesn’t approve of it.

Never flow with life blindly because everybody lives in that way, be a scapegoat for the mind’s impulsive fantasies, and later regret a wasted life on petty things.

Instead, be observant, live deeply, and be available to the immediate reality of life. Know where you stand in life right now and work on improving things that drain you mentally.

What are the best inspirational sailing quotes?

One of the enriching sailing quotes from Bertha Calloway says, ‘ we cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.’

Take life’s unpredictable situation less seriously; instead, do your best in life where you have control.

The outside world is highly uncertain, but one’s inner world is always in one’s control.

When we realize what is in our control and what is not, one drops the tendency to play a victim and starts knowing the infinite strength within .

Say yes to inner clarity and understanding to smoothly sail through life’s upside downs.

Remember, we all deserve the highest life. Hence never settle for anything less.

And to make that happen, never fall prey to misunderstood emotional outbursts. Instead, dare to see the facts of your current daily reality and realize how inner mental haziness stops you from living your best life .

We hope our handpicked sailing quotes and sayings uplift your spirits to a higher life.

Best Sailing Quotes and Sayings

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We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. – Bertha Calloway
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 harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward
The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance. – Annie Van De Wiele
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. – John A. Shedd
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship. – Louisa May Alcott
It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better. – Sir Francis Drake
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. – Morgan Freeman
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. – Willa Cather
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
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. – Seneca
I wanted freedom, open air and adventure . I found it on the sea. – Alain Gerbault
We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. – Aristotle Onassis
Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination. – Fitzhugh Dodson
The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective. – Henry David Thoreau

Motivational Sailing Quotes and Sayings

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A man can pretend to be a lot of things in this world; but he can only pretend to be a sailor for as long as it takes to clear the harbour mouth! – Bernard Hayman
It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage. – George William Curtis
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! – Anonymous
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. – Sophocles
Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows. – Charles Buxton
A bad day sailing is 100 times better than a good day at work. – Anonymous
The questions that used to bother me at times, do not weigh anything before the immensity of a wave so close to the sky and filled with the wind of the sea. – Bernard Moitessier
There is a rule in sailing where the more maneuverable ship should give way to the less maneuverable craft. I think this is sometimes a good rule to follow in human relationships as well. – Joyce Brothers
On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale. – Alexander Pope
On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. – Rumi
Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal, and not the storm of life. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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 where we came. – John F. Kennedy
Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast. – William Penn

Inspirational Sailing Quotes and Sayings

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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’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship. – Aeschylus
Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price. – Amelia Earhart
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. – Antoine de Saint Exupery
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. – Arthur Ashe
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel. – August Hare
They that go down to the sea in ships; and occupy their business in great waters; these men see the works of the Lord; and His wonders in the deep. – Book of Common Prayer
The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect. – Carl Sandburg
Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him. – Charles G. Davis
My goal in sailing isn’t to be brilliant or flashy in individual races, just to be consistent over the long run. – Dennis Conner
When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land. – Dr. Samuel Johnson
The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator. – Edmund Gibbon
The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be. – Ella Maillart
Never in my life before have I experienced such beauty, and fear at the same time. – Ellen MacArthur

Keep Sailing Quotes On Life

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The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats. – Ernest Hemingway
The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship. – Ernest Hemingway
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. – Errol Flynn
No literature is richer than that of the sea. No story is more enthralling, no tradition is more secure. – Felix Riesenberg
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 which may be even more disturbing, it is a safe retreat. – Francis Herreshoff
To reach a port we must set sail – Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. – Helen Keller
The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea. – Isak Dinesen
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonders forever. – Jacques Yves Cousteau
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking. – John Masefield
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea. – Joseph Conrad
The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness. – Joseph Conrad
Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time. – Joseph Conrad
To young men contemplating a voyage, I would say go. – Joshua Slocum
The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails. – Joshua Slocum

Epic Sailing Quotes for Strong Living

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There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. – Kenneth Grahame
Theory without practice cannot survive and dies as quickly as it lives. He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may be cast. – Leonardo da Vinci
Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. – Mark Twain
Sailors, with their built-in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world. – Nicholas Monsarrat
The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea. – Ovid
To be successful at sea we must keep things simple. – Pete Culler
Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. – Robert Henri
At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. – Robin Lee Graham
Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails. – Sailor’s proverb
Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk. – Sir Francis Chichester
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. – Thomas Merton
There’s no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there’s no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you never thought you’d make. – Unknown
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. – Vincent Van Gogh
A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. – Webb Chiles
Sailing – The fine art of slowly going nowhere at great expense while being cold, wet and miserable. – Irv Heller
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
Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford. – George Matthew Adams

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Best Sailing Quotes, Inspirational and Motivational

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Sailing is full of quotes to help you stay motivated, and that’s a good thing because there will be times when you’re feeling discouraged.

Whether you’re new to sailing or a seasoned veteran of the sea, the following sailing quotes will hopefully give you some inspiration the next time you’re out on your boat.

Quotes for Sailing

“There are many old sailors and there are many brave sailors. But there are few old brave sailors.” – Unknown

“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” – Robin Lee Graham, American Sailor

“Hoist the sails of choice to harness the winds of joy.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A bad day sailing is 100 times better than a good day at work.” – Unknown

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” – Fitzhugh Dodson

Sailing Quotes about Life

“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 harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain , American Writer

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

“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.” – Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Philosopher “The sea finds out everything you did wrong.” ― Francis Stokes

Inspiring Sailing Quotes

“The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.” – John Rousmaniere, American Author

“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be Pirates” – Mark Twain

“Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” – Brooks Atkinson

“I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.” – Alaine Gerbault

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.” – Aristotle Onassis

“Less judgement than wit is more sail than ballast.” – Unknown

“Don’t make any waves! The world is a big ocean, and you’re floating in the smallest canoe.” – Unknown

Funny Sailing Quotes

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” ― Willa Cather

“ You there, are you a sailor?” – “Ja’ think I’m a cowboy?” ― Popeye

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

Life is simple if you just eat, sleep, and sail.” ― Unknown

“A sailor’s joys are as simple as a child’s.” ― Bernard Moitessier

Quotes on Sailing Away

“ Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” — Van Morrison, Irish Singer-Songwriter

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.” — E.E. Cummings, American Poet & Author

“Dance with the waves, move with the sea, let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” – Christy Ann Martine, Canadian Poet

“The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.” – John Rousmaniere

Emotional Sailing Quotes

“Home is where the anchor drops.” — Unknown

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

“A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned.” – Old fisherman from the Blasket Islands

Sailing Quotes about Love

“Drifting, On a sea of forgotten teardrops, On a lifeboat, Sailing for Your love.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Venture too far for love … and you renounce citizenship in the country you’ve made for yourself. You end up just sailing from port to port.” – Michael Cunningham

“Sailing is a big outlet for me. It’s one of the key things I’ve been able to do by commingling science with sailing and my love of the sea. Also, I have several motorcycles, and I like to go on motorcycle trips.” – Craig Venter

Motivational Sailing Quotes

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus, Italian Explorer

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” – Seneca, Roman Philosopher

“Work like a captain and play like a pirate.” – Unknown

“The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.” – Edmund Gibbon

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – African quote

Good Sailing Quotes

A man is never lost at sea.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“The sea is a desert of waves, a wilderness of water.” – Langston Hughes, American Poet

“The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.” -Edmund Gibbon

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Some of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes About Sailing

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Poets, adventurers and sailors alike have captured the immense power found at sea through their words. Here, we highlight the quotations that inspire us at Gray Harbor Historical Seaport every day.

Larry Pardey Quote

“There is no better tool or equipment you can have on board than a well-trained crew.” – Larry Pardey

Cruiser Larry Pardey lived at sea with his wife, Lin. Without GPS or engines, the couple completed two circumnavigations on sailing ships he built. They launched their first circumnavigation in 1968, spending 11 years traveling by sea. The second voyage, begun in 1984, consisted of 25 years of traveling.

Carleton Mitchell Quote

“To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives.” – Carleton Mitchell

Cruiser Carleton Mitchell won three Newport Bermuda Races in 1956, 1958 and 1960. He often referred to his boat, Finisterre, as “the fat little monster.” A writer and photographer, Mitchell wrote articles for National Geographic and Sports Illustrated about sailing.

Ernest K. Gann Quote

“It’s remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living.” – Ernest K. Gann

Gann thrived whenever he flew or sailed. A pilot during World War II, he used his aviation experience to write books. Later, he’d pen tales about his sea adventures in books such as Twilight for the Gods and Soldier of Fortune.

Robert N. Rose Quote

“Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made, for somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid.” – Robert N. Rose

This beautiful quotation comes from the poem “Ships” by Robert N Rose. Simple in structure but lush with descriptive words, it romanticizes the beauty of ships. Rose likens the nails, wood and canvas to a nymph, lover and siren.

Rumi Quote

“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.” – Rumi

Rumi has left an incredible impact on the world. The Persian poet and Sufi master, born in 1207, devoted his life to writing and worship. He wrote poems with simple yet vivid imagery and direct addresses to his readers.

Alain Gerbault Quote

“I wanted freedom, open air, adventure. I found it on the sea.” – Alain Gerbault

Which of us hasn’t imagined our own version of freedom? Alain Gerbault was a French sailor and writer who made a circumnavigation as a single-handed sailor. His gaff sloop, Firecrest, spent 700 days at sea and covered more than 40,000 miles.

Jacques Cousteau Quote

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Cousteau brought the wonder of the sea to the world. With engineer Emile Gagnan, Cousteau developed the first scuba apparatus in 1942. His boat Calypso allowed him to dive and conduct scientific research, strengthening his belief in protecting the ocean.

Pete Goss Quote

“If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.” – Pete Goss

At Gray Harbor Historical Seaport, we love these words spoken by British yachtsman Pete Goss. Goss has sailed more than 250,000 nautical miles and knows the importance of understanding and exploring the sea.

Our programs explore maritime history through engaging and varied activities. Our historic sailing ship, Lady Washington, lets you discover adventures beyond your imagination. So seize the day. Contact us today , as tomorrow is too late.

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Sail Through These 44 Famous Quotes About Sea and Sailing

There's nothing more liberating and exhilarating than living life on the sea waves. Some of the greatest sailing expeditions unfurled the edges of the world. Through this Quotabulary piece, embrace the vast entirety of the blue ocean and experience adventure as we present to you 44 famous quotes about sea and sailing.

44 Famous Quotes About Sea and Sailing

There’s nothing more liberating and exhilarating than living life on the sea waves. Some of the greatest sailing expeditions unfurled the edges of the world. Through this Quotabulary piece, embrace the vast entirety of the blue ocean and experience adventure as we present to you 44 famous quotes about sea and sailing.

Relaxing in the sea

“I wanted freedom, open air, adventure. I found it on the sea.” ― Alain Gerbault, Sailor

Visualize this – you are standing at the stern of the ship with your arms wide open as if you are trying to clasp the wind to your breast and hug it. For once, you are blinded with bright luminance of the glistening waters, but you put up a brief fight with your eyes and coax them to remain open. For your eyes know, never on land will they be afforded with such a visual feast, never will they evince the ethereal demarcation of earth and heaven like this, never will they evidence beauty of such magnitude.

Be it watching the gentle tapping of waves or seeing the water cut up in soapsuds like effervescence, sailing is one of the most stimulating yet skittish experience one can ever live.

Experience adventure and learn some valuable lessons of life with the following famous quotes about sea and sailing.

Famous Quotes about Sea and Sailing

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“There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.” ― Joseph Conrad

“To reach a port we must set sail – Sail, not tie at anchor Sail, not drift.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” ― Robin Lee Graham

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” ― Vincent Van Gogh

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” ― Louisa May Alcott

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ― Antoine de Saint Exupery

“It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” ― Sir Francis Drake

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ― Jacques Yves Cousteau

“No literature is richer than that of the sea. No story is more enthralling, no tradition is more secure.” ― Felix Riesenberg

“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.” ― John Masefield

Inspiring Sea and Sailing Quotes

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“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 harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― Mark Twain

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” ― Helen Keller

“To young men contemplating a voyage I’d say go.” ― Joshua Slocum

“The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.” ― Isak Dinesen

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

“The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.” ― Carl Sandburg

“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.” ― August Hare

“The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be.” ― Ella Maillart

“To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives.” ― Carleton Mitchell

“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.” ― John F. Kennedy

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” ― Fitzhugh Dodson

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ― William Arthur Ward

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

“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.” ― Joseph Conrad

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” ― Syrus Publilius

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” ― Robert Henri

Famous Nautical Quotes and Sayings

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“The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.” ― Edmund Gibbon

“The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.” ― Ovid

“Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” ― Brooks Atkinson

“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.” ― Errol Flynn

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, Writer

“Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and, in an extraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting.” ― Francis LeGrande

Famous Sailor Quotes and Sayings

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“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ― African Proverb

“A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway.” ― Webb Chiles, Sailor

“The sea drives truth into a man like salt.” ― Hilaire Belloc

“The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.” ― Eric Hiscock

“A sailor’s joys are as simple as a child’s.” ― Bernard Moitessier, Sailor

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

“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.” ― Bible, Psalms 107:23-24

“He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and extract a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.” ― Walter Scott

It is said one must never leap into doing anything without weighing its consequences. But if you are ever presented with an opportunity of sailing, we say don’t even think for a moment and take the plunge, for every journey comes with a promise of adventure and you never know, you will have something worthwhile to share with the world.

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Sailing Quotes and Phrases – Do You Speak Sailing?

You must have heard of terms like: “Land Ho!” or “Aye Aye Captain!” But did you know they were actually sailing quotes? Embarking on your first sailing adventure will surely be a whole lot easier if you already know the sailing language that speaks directly to the heart of every sailor. This article is about to show you how to sound like a true sailor in any sailing situation.

What is the importance of sailing quotes?

The sea, the sun and the wind have always been the best remedies for all diseases, broken hearts and loneliness. If you have never experienced the healing power of a day spent at sea and on a sailing ship, do it as soon as possible. You are missing out big time! Breathing in the sea air and the wind, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin and listening to the waves crashing the rocks are truly unique experiences. And do not even get me started on sailing. Although it may sound complicated, it will be easier with our sailing guide .

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So, you have decided to dedicate your life to the sea and the wind. You have mastered the art of sailing and you have started spending more and more time on board. Then you will inevitably become a sailor who lives a life according to inspiring sailing quotes ! Life on board can be tough, you can face all kinds of difficulties from bad weather or boat malfunction to boredom or feeling homesick. However, keep in mind that when you face and overcome those difficulties, this short dictionary will lift up your spirit. You might also want to share them with others as your Instagram or Facebook captions.

We have gathered here a list of famous sailing quotes and nautical terms that can help you survive the oh-so monotone days on a sailing ship. And those still dreaming about sailing can be inspired to get out of their comfort zone and embark on their first sailing adventure. As long as you are decisive and ready to work on realizing your dreams, the rest will come. While you are still just considering it, after reading our favourite quotes about sailing you will think no more!

Sailing quotes

Sailing quotes for the indecisive

  • “A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
  • “To young men contemplating a voyage, I would say GO.” – Joshua Slocum
  • “The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen
  • “There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.” – Joseph Conrad
  • “You haven’t lived until you’ve sailed.” – David Sedaris, Theft by Finding: Diaries
  • “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Sailing quotes for the adventurous

  • “I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.” – Alaine Gerbault
  • “He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.” – Dr Thomas Fuller
  • “The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance.” – Annie Van De Wiele
  • “The sea hates a coward.” – Eugene O’Neill
  • “A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind.” – Webb Chiles
  • “The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.” – Edmund Gibbon

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Sailing quotes for those who need a little bit of inspiration

  • “They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters; these men see the works of the Lord; and His wonders in the deep.” – Book of Common Prayer
  • “A bad day sailing is 100 times better than a good day at work.” – Anonymous
  • “The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.” – Joshua Slocum
  • “To be successful at sea we must keep things simple.” – Pete Culler
  • “To reach a port we must set sail – Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “No literature is richer than that of the sea. No story is more enthralling, no tradition is more secure.” – Felix Riesenberg

Sailing quotes for the courageous

In the sea of sailing quotes and nautical terms, we can highlight the ones by Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway, two of the most influential writers of all times. Get out of your comfort zone and let their words serve as your greatest encouragement.

  • “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be Pirates.” – Mark Twain
  • “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.” – Mark Twain
  • “A man is never lost at sea.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Which sailor quotes have found their use in everyday language?

There are many phrases that we use on a regular basis that have their origin in the nautical world. However, they have lost their original meaning, so most of the time we are not aware that we are using the same phrases that were once used by sailors. We made a list of the most popular sailor phrases used in everyday language, explaining their metaphorical and original meaning.

The first example is the term feeling under the weather that people nowadays use to describe the feeling of sadness. Sailors would use this phrase when the weather was rough to warn the passengers to retreat to the lower levels of the boat to keep them safe from the storm.

We have all, not only once, experienced the calm before the storm. For example, we know that a really bad argument is always preceded by an extremely peaceful period. Sailors, on the other side, would use this phrase in the anticipation of bad weather.

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People often find themselves at a loose end , meaning they do not know what to do next. When on board, something that is often loose is the rope. A loose end means that the rope is not attached properly.

Have you ever gone overboard and completely exaggerated in your actions? Similar to that, when you go overboard on a boat, it means that you literally fall out of it.

The phrase fair winds and following seas is one of the most known sailing terms. It means that the wind direction will be probably the same as the sea direction. It indicates that the sailors will probably have a “perfect day on the sea”. Furthermore, the phrase smooth sailing has a pretty similar meaning as the phrase fair winds and following seas. The smooth sailing means that there we’ll be no problems further on, everything is alright now.

The phrase Anchors Aweigh means that there are no anchors in the sea at the moment, they are all clear of the sea bottom and the boat is ready for departure.

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Sailor slang – a unique way of communication

Another interesting linguistic feature that emerged from the nautical world is sailor slang. Over the years spent on the sea, sailors have developed their own way of communicating. And that language was unknown to the ones who were not part of the crew. The phrases and nautical terms that they used were short and sweet, some of the examples are:

  • “Aye Aye Captain!” – a sign of approval
  • “Ahoy!” – sailors would use this exclamation among themselves to call out to each other
  • “Land Ho!” – an exclamation that a sailor would make when they spotted the land
  • “Matey” – mate, friend
  • “Me” – referring to “my”
  • “Ye” – referring to the pronoun “you”
  • “Yo-ho-ho…and a bottle of rum!” – the first part refers to sailors’ laughter and the second one, well, we could say that rum was their favorite beverage.

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Sailor slang was highly popularized by the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Jack Sparrow is an example of a real cap’n (captain) who loved his sailing ships Black Pearl more than his life and a man who gave his life to the sea . What a great example for a modern sailor, huh? Aside from his rum-obsession and occasional cowardness, he was quite successful in his job. We are sure that you already quote him on a daily basis, but we will mention a few of his epic sailor sayings:

  • “Why is the rum always gone?”
  • “Hide the rum!”
  • “Wherever we want to go, we go… that’s what a ship is, you know.”
  • “The seas may be rough, but I am the Captain! No matter how difficult, I will always prevail.”

At the end of the day, you do not have to use sailor slang or phrases to be a sailor. Carleton Mitchell once said: “To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives.” Therefore, to be a successful sailor, the most important thing is to live without the fear of the unknown, to gather up the courage and start living your life to the fullest – at the sea.

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52 Best Boat Quotes And Sayings About Life On The Ocean

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A boat is a watercraft of varying dimensions used to navigate the seas and oceans.

Boats can be divided into three main categories; an unpowered or human-powered boat, such as a scull, which is made for a single person, a sailboat, or a motorboat. If you or your friends owns a boat, here are some great boat words to name your boat- Carpe Diem, Serendipity, Relentless, Aquaholic, and Liberty.

Boats have been used as a method of transport dating back to prehistoric times as proved by findings in Flores, which are dated to 900,000 years ago! Until the mid-19th-century, boats were made of natural materials, primarily wood.

By the 1930s, wooden boats were being used for industrial needs. And around the mid-1960s, fiberglass became the popular choice for recreational boats and cruise ships, as they don't rust or corrode easily.

The oceans and boats were meant for each other as time keeps proving again and again! "A boat is a hole in the water you throw money into" is a famous saying about people who own boats.

Sailing ever since its inception has been linked to things like the drive for adventures. For many centuries, sailors were considered bold and courageous men who were willing to risk their lives for their honor. As years passed, great men and women who fell in love with sailing gave us an endless series of adventurous and inspirational quotes.

For more related content, take a look at ocean quotes and vacation quotes .  

Quotes About Boats

Here are some great boating quotes and boat sayings as well as boat captions for Instagram for future sailors our there!

1. "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out and meet it."

― Jonathan Winters.

2. "The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats."

― Ernest Hemingway .

3. "This boat that we just built is just fine -

And don't try to tell us it's not

The sides and the back are divine -

It's the bottom I guess we forgot."

― Shel Silverstein.

4. "I grew to judge every purchase by how many bronze screws I could buy for the boat if I didn't spend on this or made do without that."

― Lin Pardey.

5. "There is no better tool or equipment you can have onboard than a well-trained crew."

― Larry Pardey.

6. "Sometimes you need to tether your boats to stop them from following your dreams."

— Anthony T. Hincks.

7. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

― Kenneth Grahame.

8. "The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats."

― Ernest Hemingway.

9. "Even if it is made up of gold, the sailing boat can go nowhere without the humble wind!"

― Mehmet Murat Ildan.

10. "The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself."

— John Rousmaniere.

11. "Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit."

― Brooks Atkinson.

12. "If the water is calm, the boat is also calm! If your thoughts are calm, your life is also calm!"

— Mehmet Murat Ildan.

13. "The boat is safer anchored at the port, but that is not the aim of boats."

― Paulo Coelho.

14. "If you are a boat that wants to sail in windy weather, you must be more stubborn than the waves!"

15. "A boat is a hole in the water you throw money into."

Quotes About Sailing

Sailing is said to be like poetry in motion but on the water! Find some great sailing quotes right here.

16. "In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth."

― Rachel Carson.

17. "The only ship you can truly steer in this ocean is the one you're sailing. Quit trying to alter the winds; harness them."

― Richelle E. Goodrich.

18. "It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage."

― George William Curtis.

19. "The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be."

― Ella Maillart.

20. "When I'm out sailing, I don't wonder what heaven is like because I know."

― Anthony T. Hincks.

21. "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 harbor...catch the trade winds in your sails...explore...dream....discover."

― Mark Twain.

22. "To reach a port we must set sail –

Sail, not tie at anchor

Sail, not drift."

― Franklin D. Roosevelt.

23. "The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use."

― Dom Degnon.

24. "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."

― William Arthur Ward.

25. "Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination."

― Fitzhugh Dodson.

26. "To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives."

― Carleton Mitchell.

27. "Ship is the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made, for somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid."

— Robert N. Rose.

28. "On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty."

29. "Sail through the good days, and on bad days pick a spot of blue sky to steer toward."

30. "It's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living."

— Ernest K. Gann.

Quotes About The Ocean

Best quotes about exploring the massive vast bodies of water that are perfect for boats and ships!

31. "The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator."

― Edmund Gibbon.

32. "We are all born in a little port but not all of us sail the vast oceans! Majority remains in the port!"

33. "The ocean is this beautiful, unexplored place. Why on Earth everyone isn't down there, I don't know."

― Graham Hawkes.

34. "Without the will or desire to achieve one is like flotsam on the oceans of time."

― Steven Redhead.

35. "If you want to hear the distant voice of the ocean put your ear to the lips of a seashell."

― Curtis Tyrone Jones.

36. "You will love the ocean. It makes you feel small, but not in a bad way. Small because you realize you're part of something bigger."

― Lauren Myracle.

37. "In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of you are found all the aspects of existence."

― Kahlil Gibran Jr.

38. "A pool just isn't the same as the ocean. It has no energy. No life."

― Linda Gerber.

39. "Whenever I find myself growing grim […] I quietly take to the ship. Almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me."

― Herman Melville .

Quotes About The Sea

Great quotes about the sea that will hopefully make you want to go out in the sunshine and experience the sea!

40. "There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea."

― Joseph Conrad.

41. "For I say there is no other thing that is worse than the sea is for breaking a man, even though he may be a very strong one."

42. "It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better."

― Francis Drake.

43. "The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths, it has its pearls too."

― Vincent Van Gogh.

44. "It's out there at sea that you are really yourself."

― Vito Dumas.

45. "Whenever your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and finds the problems."

― Francis Stokes.

46. "At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much."

― Robin Lee Graham.

47. "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."

― Errol Flynn.

48. "I wanted freedom, open-air, adventure. I found it on the sea."

― Alain Gerbault.

49. "The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore."

50. "If you're really ready to sail, then the sea, the wind and the ship will be ready too! You must be ready first for the universe to help you!"

51. "The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect."

― Carl Sandburg.

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

― Thomas Fuller.

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50 positive life quotes to inspire, and lift your spirit each day

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" Life's a climb. But the view is great ." There are times when things seemingly go to plan, and there are other moments when nothing works out.

During those instances, you might feel lost. But words of encouragement can help. Certain quotes can inspire and remind you to live life to the fullest and persevere through whatever challenges come your way.

If you're looking for more, here is a list of quotes about life throughout the decades:

50 quotes about life

  • "You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated." – Maya Angelou , "And Still I Rise"
  • "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on." –  Robert Frost
  • "Life is a long lesson in humility." – J.M. Barrie , "The Little Minister"
  • "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." – Oscar Wilde
  • "The most important thing is to enjoy your life–to be happy–it's all that matters." – Audrey Hepburn
  • "To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone." – Reba McEntire
  • "We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." – Joseph Campbell
  • "Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Love the life you live. Live the life you love." – Bob Marley
  • "I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy." – Marie Curie
  • "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." –  Friedrich Nietzsche
  • "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." – Mae West
  • "The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it." – Henry Ford
  • "In order to write about life first you must live it." – Ernest Hemingway
  • "Life has no limitations, except the ones you make." – Les Brown
  • "It's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver." – Betty White
  • "Live for each second without hesitation." – Elton John
  • "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." – E. E. Cummings
  • "Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart." – Roy Bennett
  • "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure." – Mark Twain
  • "I believe that if you'll just stand up and go, life will open up for you. Something just motivates you to keep moving." – Tina Turner
  • "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." – Thomas Edison
  • "I have very strong feelings about how you lead your life. You always look ahead, you never look back." – Ann Richards
  • "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." – Albert Einstein
  • "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." – Anais Nin
  • "You do not find the happy life. You make it." – Camilla Eyring Kimball
  • "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." – Jackie Robinson
  • "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams." – Oprah Winfrey
  • "If you own this story you get to write the ending." – Brené Brown
  • "Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once." – Lillian Dickinson
  • "Life is about making an impact, not making an income." – Kevin Kruse
  • "There are no regrets in life, just lessons." – Jennifer Aniston
  • "Accept no one's definition of your life, define yourself." – Harvey Fierstein
  • "The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes." – Frank Lloyd Wright
  • "If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of." – Bruce Lee
  • "Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts." – Nikki Giovanni
  • "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." – Soren Kierkegaard
  • "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." – Steve Jobs
  • "If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow." – Beyoncé
  • "If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living." – Gail Sheehy
  • "I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." – Booker T. Washington
  • "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful." – Annette Funicello
  • "The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything." – Frank Sinatra
  • "I think I've discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it." – Charles Schulz
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14 Unexpected Realities of Life on a Sailboat

Posted: May 5, 2024 | Last updated: May 5, 2024

<p>Living on a boat really captures the imagination, doesn’t it? You might picture perfect anchorages, peaceful moments with nature, or enjoying sunset drinks as the sky turns brilliant shades of orange and pink. It sounds dreamy, and whenever I tell people I’ve lived on a boat since 2016, they often say things like “You’re living the dream!” or “You’re so lucky!”</p> <p>And sure, I feel lucky, but living on a boat isn’t all smooth sailing. Life at sea means riding the waves of both great joys and tough challenges. Despite the occasional rough waters, I wouldn’t trade this sailing life for anything—at least not yet. But it’s good to remember, living on a boat isn’t always the picture-perfect scene it’s made out to be.</p>

Living on a boat really captures the imagination, doesn’t it? You might picture perfect anchorages, peaceful moments with nature, or enjoying sunset drinks as the sky turns brilliant shades of orange and pink. It sounds dreamy, and whenever I tell people I’ve lived on a boat since 2016, they often say things like “You’re living the dream!” or “You’re so lucky!”

And sure, I feel lucky, but living on a boat isn’t all smooth sailing. Life at sea means riding the waves of both great joys and tough challenges. Despite the occasional rough waters, I wouldn’t trade this sailing life for anything—at least not yet. But it’s good to remember, living on a boat isn’t always the picture-perfect scene it’s made out to be.

<p>As I write this article, I am in Cabrales Boatyard at the northern tip of the Sea of Cortez. It’s our fourth time idling boat work here, along with a large community of cruisers working on their sailboats. Cruisers come here to keep maintenance costs down. If you hire someone to do the work on your boat, it will require a pretty penny. Many liveaboards seek out boatyards where they can do their own work; some are in “boat jail” for months, if not years. </p><p>Don’t be fooled if you buy a newer boat, either. We’ve heard of brand-new boats having issues, too. Yes, boat life has a lower cost of living, but be prepared to reinvest some of those costs into maintenance. The to-do list with boat work and maintenance often seems unlimited.</p>

1. There is a Lot of Maintenance

As I write this article, I am in Cabrales Boatyard at the northern tip of the Sea of Cortez. It’s our fourth time idling boat work here, along with a large community of cruisers working on their sailboats. Cruisers come here to keep maintenance costs down. If you hire someone to do the work on your boat, it will require a pretty penny. Many liveaboards seek out boatyards where they can do their own work; some are in “boat jail” for months, if not years. 

Don’t be fooled if you buy a newer boat, either. We’ve heard of brand-new boats having issues, too. Yes, boat life has a lower cost of living, but be prepared to reinvest some of those costs into maintenance. The to-do list with boat work and maintenance often seems unlimited.

<p><a href="https://www.thewaywardhome.com/best-sailboat-accessories/">Life on a sailboat</a>, especially if you want to go cruising, means there is a lot to learn. Often, you’ll be anchored in distant places where you can’t easily call a mechanic for help. The most self-sufficient sailors learn everything there is to know about their boat, including engine maintenance and repair, operating and fixing the fridge, knowledge of solar and electrical systems, and how to repair the watermaker, among other systems. </p><p>If you plan to cross oceans and visit remote islands, you must know how to fix your boat on the fly with the tools you carry onboard. Being a good problem solver is a must when living on a boat. </p>

2. You’ll Have to Be Your Own Mechanic

Life on a sailboat , especially if you want to go cruising, means there is a lot to learn. Often, you’ll be anchored in distant places where you can’t easily call a mechanic for help. The most self-sufficient sailors learn everything there is to know about their boat, including engine maintenance and repair, operating and fixing the fridge, knowledge of solar and electrical systems, and how to repair the watermaker, among other systems.

If you plan to cross oceans and visit remote islands, you must know how to fix your boat on the fly with the tools you carry onboard. Being a good problem solver is a must when living on a boat. 

<p>When people ask me the difference between van life and sailboat living, one of the huge ones I can think of is this: Van life doesn’t have death-defying moments. But when you’re living on a boat, anything can go wrong. Sudden, fierce weather conditions might hit you, and you must stay onboard. It’s tough to find a sailor who’s fallen overboard in the middle of the ocean, especially at night. </p><p>Along with bad weather, there are also whale strikes, one of which recently sunk a sailboat on its way to the South Pacific. Or, someone might fall ill or get injured in the middle of nowhere. It’s difficult to head to the hospital while cruising remote destinations.</p>

3. There Can Be Life or Death Situations

When people ask me the difference between van life and sailboat living, one of the huge ones I can think of is this: Van life doesn’t have death-defying moments. But when you’re living on a boat, anything can go wrong. Sudden, fierce weather conditions might hit you, and you must stay onboard. It’s tough to find a sailor who’s fallen overboard in the middle of the ocean, especially at night.

Along with bad weather, there are also whale strikes, one of which recently sunk a sailboat on its way to the South Pacific. Or, someone might fall ill or get injured in the middle of nowhere. It’s difficult to head to the hospital while cruising remote destinations.

<p>Let’s face it: boats don’t have much space. If you plan on living on a boat, you must eliminate tons of stuff. Our boat has cupboards for storage, but most are filled with tools and food. Lack of space means we have to be efficient regarding our stuff. For example, each item has more than one purpose in the kitchen. Instead of buying a pair of onion goggles, I wear swimming goggles. We’re always getting rid of stuff, moving stuff around, and try to keep only what we need.</p><p>With the lack of space, boats can get cluttered fast, and nothing feels good about hanging out in a mess.</p>

4. Space is Limited

Let’s face it: boats don’t have much space. If you plan on living on a boat, you must eliminate tons of stuff. Our boat has cupboards for storage, but most are filled with tools and food. Lack of space means we have to be efficient regarding our stuff. For example, each item has more than one purpose in the kitchen. Instead of buying a pair of onion goggles, I wear swimming goggles. We’re always getting rid of stuff, moving stuff around, and try to keep only what we need.

With the lack of space, boats can get cluttered fast, and nothing feels good about hanging out in a mess.

<p>If you’re not planning on cruising and, instead, want to stay near a big city, you’ll have to deal with finding a liveaboard slip. When we were in the San Francisco Bay area, it was almost impossible to find a liveaboard slip without getting on a waitlist for many years. Since we weren’t technically allowed to live on our boat, we did a combination of anchoring out in the Bay, housesitting, and sleeping in our vehicle. None of this was very convenient and I would have much rather lived on our sailboat full time. </p><p>If you’re considering the sailboat life, you’ll want to get on as many live-aboard waitlists as possible. </p>

5. It Can Be Difficult to Find a Legal Slip

If you’re not planning on cruising and, instead, want to stay near a big city, you’ll have to deal with finding a liveaboard slip. When we were in the San Francisco Bay area, it was almost impossible to find a liveaboard slip without getting on a waitlist for many years. Since we weren’t technically allowed to live on our boat, we did a combination of anchoring out in the Bay, housesitting, and sleeping in our vehicle. None of this was very convenient and I would have much rather lived on our sailboat full time. 

If you’re considering the sailboat life, you’ll want to get on as many live-aboard waitlists as possible.

<p>When you are looking for a liveaboard slip, you should go to the marina first and inspect it. Since I started living on a boat, I’ve seen some truly nasty marinas. Boats in total disrepair. Boats with garbage on their decks or cluttered with rows of unruly plants. Marinas with crusty characters ambling about, shouting both to and at each other. I’ve heard marital disputes, crying, cussing, and all sorts of weird stuff.</p><p>It’s important to choose your marina carefully. Ensure you like the people you see and have similar goals. If you’re at a marina preparing your sailboat for cruising, it’s fun to be around similar folks.</p>

6. Some Marinas are Disgusting

When you are looking for a liveaboard slip, you should go to the marina first and inspect it. Since I started living on a boat, I’ve seen some truly nasty marinas. Boats in total disrepair. Boats with garbage on their decks or cluttered with rows of unruly plants. Marinas with crusty characters ambling about, shouting both to and at each other. I’ve heard marital disputes, crying, cussing, and all sorts of weird stuff.

It’s important to choose your marina carefully. Ensure you like the people you see and have similar goals. If you’re at a marina preparing your sailboat for cruising, it’s fun to be around similar folks.

<p>Water on a small boat is limited, so you won’t be able to take those long, hot showers you would enjoy at a house. If you’re cruising, you’ll need a watermaker to take fresh water showers, or you can boil saltwater. We do have a watermaker but choose the salt water method instead so we don’t have to run our noisy watermaker as often. </p><p>You also won’t want to take long, hot showers because it could create a mold issue inside your boat. We take “navy showers,” where we turn the water off when lathering up. We add hot water to our solar shower, which only has a capacity of 2.6 gallons. So that’s the longest shower we’ll get!</p>

7. Say Goodbye to Long, Hot Showers

Water on a small boat is limited, so you won’t be able to take those long, hot showers you would enjoy at a house. If you’re cruising, you’ll need a watermaker to take fresh water showers, or you can boil saltwater. We do have a watermaker but choose the salt water method instead so we don’t have to run our noisy watermaker as often.

You also won’t want to take long, hot showers because it could create a mold issue inside your boat. We take “navy showers,” where we turn the water off when lathering up. We add hot water to our solar shower, which only has a capacity of 2.6 gallons. So that’s the longest shower we’ll get!

<p>Living on a boat means you’ll instantly have a rapport with other sailors. We can relate to many things since we’ve been through many of the same experiences. Plus, being a cruising sailor requires a special type of personality. These people love nature, are hard-working, are self-reliant and into an alternative lifestyle. </p><p>We’ve met many life-long friends in anchorages and at the boatyard, where we all endure the same suffering. The boating community is seriously one of my very favorite things about boat life!</p>

8. There is an Incredible Sense of Community

Living on a boat means you’ll instantly have a rapport with other sailors. We can relate to many things since we’ve been through many of the same experiences. Plus, being a cruising sailor requires a special type of personality. These people love nature, are hard-working, are self-reliant and into an alternative lifestyle.

We’ve met many life-long friends in anchorages and at the boatyard, where we all endure the same suffering. The boating community is seriously one of my very favorite things about boat life!

<p>There’s something joyous about living on a boat when you’re safely anchored and the wind is howling outside. I love the sound of rain pattering against the cabinhouse. However, the proximity to nature also exposes you to extreme heat and humidity. </p><p>The cold is much easier to deal with than the heat when on a liveaboard vessel. We have a kerosene heater and a “school bus heater,” which blasts engine heat throughout our boat when we’re motoring. We were delighted to have these heating sources when living aboard in colder climates, like San Francisco in winter. </p>

9. You’ll be Exposed to the Elements

There’s something joyous about living on a boat when you’re safely anchored and the wind is howling outside. I love the sound of rain pattering against the cabinhouse. However, the proximity to nature also exposes you to extreme heat and humidity.

The cold is much easier to deal with than the heat when on a liveaboard vessel. We have a kerosene heater and a “school bus heater,” which blasts engine heat throughout our boat when we’re motoring. We were delighted to have these heating sources when living aboard in colder climates, like San Francisco in winter. 

<p>One amazing thing about living on a boat, especially when cruising, is you’ll feel self-sufficient. My grandma calls me a “Pioneer Woman,” as we live without many modern-day comforts. Thanks to Starlink, we have high-speed internet access, but we live without so much, including running hot water, a washer and dryer, dishwater, and other things most people take for granted. </p><p>On the flip side, we have learned to rely on ourselves. We make our water using our watermaker, catch fish, bake sourdough bread, and learn about which plants are edible. The marine environment becomes our free food source, and when we buy “real” groceries, we can live off them for weeks if necessary. We love that we can move around with the power of the wind and run our entire boat off solar panels and lithium batteries. Our sailboat is its own self-sustaining tiny house.</p>

10. You’ll Become Very Self-Sufficient

One amazing thing about living on a boat, especially when cruising, is you’ll feel self-sufficient. My grandma calls me a “Pioneer Woman,” as we live without many modern-day comforts. Thanks to Starlink, we have high-speed internet access, but we live without so much, including running hot water, a washer and dryer, dishwater, and other things most people take for granted. 

On the flip side, we have learned to rely on ourselves. We make our water using our watermaker, catch fish, bake sourdough bread, and learn about which plants are edible. The marine environment becomes our free food source, and when we buy “real” groceries, we can live off them for weeks if necessary. We love that we can move around with the power of the wind and run our entire boat off solar panels and lithium batteries. Our sailboat is its own self-sustaining tiny house.

<p>Sometimes when living on a boat, I dream of ways I can get off the boat. This is when anchorages are rough and rolly, when sea conditions are terrible, or when high wind prevents us from leaving a particular anchorage. </p><p>We’ve often woken up in the middle of the night to our sailboat bucking around like a wild horse, and we have to pull up anchor and motor somewhere else at 2 am. One time, an anchorage was so uncomfortable that my partner Tom threw up off the side of the boat even when we were anchored! When the motion is bad, it feels awful to be seasick, and you’ll want to be anywhere else but on a boat.</p>

11. Living on a Boat Can be Uncomfortable

Sometimes when living on a boat, I dream of ways I can get off the boat. This is when anchorages are rough and rolly, when sea conditions are terrible, or when high wind prevents us from leaving a particular anchorage.

We’ve often woken up in the middle of the night to our sailboat bucking around like a wild horse, and we have to pull up anchor and motor somewhere else at 2 am. One time, an anchorage was so uncomfortable that my partner Tom threw up off the side of the boat even when we were anchored! When the motion is bad, it feels awful to be seasick, and you’ll want to be anywhere else but on a boat.

<p>High winds kept us in the Turtle Bay anchorage for five days when we were cruising south along the Baja Peninsula in the winter of 2020-2021. I felt like I was going crazy at that time, as there was no way to get off the boat, go on walks, or go paddleboarding. Everything was cold, and the bad weather was like an anchor, keeping us in the same spot. </p><p>Whether you go or stay when living on a sailboat depends on the wind and sea state. You might have to wait out storms for days. You might suffer from boredom and restlessness, and you’ll long for the day when you’re blessed with fair winds and following seas.</p><p>Speaking of weather, you’ll also have to be a weather forecaster. You can attend training or take classes on the art of weather prediction. We recommend the <a href="https://www.thewaywardhome.com/predictwind/" rel="nofollow sponsored noopener">weather service Predict Wind,</a> which we use in conjunction with an Iridium Go satellite device. </p>

12. You’re at the Mercy of the Weather

High winds kept us in the Turtle Bay anchorage for five days when we were cruising south along the Baja Peninsula in the winter of 2020-2021. I felt like I was going crazy at that time, as there was no way to get off the boat, go on walks, or go paddleboarding. Everything was cold, and the bad weather was like an anchor, keeping us in the same spot.

Whether you go or stay when living on a sailboat depends on the wind and sea state. You might have to wait out storms for days. You might suffer from boredom and restlessness, and you’ll long for the day when you’re blessed with fair winds and following seas.

Speaking of weather, you’ll also have to be a weather forecaster. You can attend training or take classes on the art of weather prediction. We recommend the  weather service Predict Wind,  which we use in conjunction with an Iridium Go satellite device. 

<p>It can be challenging at first to downsize and get used to less space, but after a while, you’ll get used to the feeling of minimalism. Everything on your boat will have a purpose, and you’ll think twice before buying new things. </p><p>Freedom from stuff is one of the greatest parts of boat life, and the limited space is not a big deal over time. After many years of living on our CT-41 sailboat, we are still thinking of ways to get rid of even more stuff and slim down our lives. Empty cabinets are a positive thing in our book! </p>

13. You’ll Enjoy Fewer Possessions

It can be challenging at first to downsize and get used to less space, but after a while, you’ll get used to the feeling of minimalism. Everything on your boat will have a purpose, and you’ll think twice before buying new things.

Freedom from stuff is one of the greatest parts of boat life, and the limited space is not a big deal over time. After many years of living on our CT-41 sailboat, we are still thinking of ways to get rid of even more stuff and slim down our lives. Empty cabinets are a positive thing in our book! 

<p>With so much hard work and hardship, you might be wondering why people even choose to live on a boat. The good news is that living on a boat can be as rewarding as it is challenging. We love the sailing experience, dancing with the wind on the beam, relaxing on the stern with a book and a sun shirt. </p><p>There have been incredible days with whales spouting alongside us or getting swarmed with a pod of dolphins. I love that boat ownership brings endless adventures and destinations. When you think about it, most people won’t get to explore those remote anchorages, hidden islands, or cross oceans. </p><p>You’ll have stories and memories for life and always treasure your experience with the liveaboard lifestyle. </p><p><strong>More Articles from The Wayward Home</strong></p><ul> <li><a href="https://www.thewaywardhome.com/best-sailboat-accessories/">35 Game Changing Accessories for Life Afloat</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.thewaywardhome.com/the-best-sailing-clothing-to-wear-on-a-sailboat/">What to Wear Sailing: Tips for Staying Warm and Cozy</a></li> </ul>

14. The Adventure is Endless

With so much hard work and hardship, you might be wondering why people even choose to live on a boat. The good news is that living on a boat can be as rewarding as it is challenging. We love the sailing experience, dancing with the wind on the beam, relaxing on the stern with a book and a sun shirt.

There have been incredible days with whales spouting alongside us or getting swarmed with a pod of dolphins. I love that boat ownership brings endless adventures and destinations. When you think about it, most people won’t get to explore those remote anchorages, hidden islands, or cross oceans.

You’ll have stories and memories for life and always treasure your experience with the liveaboard lifestyle. 

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<p>It’s time to get serious. If you leave those off-limit items at home, you’re already doing great as a guest or captain of your vessel. </p><p>But if you want to make your life easier on the sea, you should source some boat life essentials. </p><p>Pack these items whether you’ve been invited on a friend’s sailboat, are going on a charter holiday, or are preparing to live on your vessel full-time.</p>

9 Items You Should Never Bring on a Sailboat (and What to Pack Instead)

From age-old superstitions to practical considerations, some objects are strictly off-limits for a sailboat, while others can be life savers. I didn’t know about many of these before moving onto my sailboat in 2017. Looking back, I wish I had.

Here are 9 items you shouldn't bring aboard, and what to pack instead:

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to celebrate the remarkable women who grace us with unconditional love. Mothers and mother figures are pillars for many of us, and even the smallest gesture of appreciation goes a long way in warming their hearts. 

You can go the extra mile and prepare a hand-made physical card with a Mother’s Day message . Some people prefer the flower bouquet surprise, and some buy personalized gifts. Speaking of which, why not use Picsart’s design idea templates, and tools to create a customized Mother’s Day card? You can include beautiful quotes that will make the card unique and touching at the same time! Let’s check out some famous quotes that you can use as Mother’s Day card messages :

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Heartfelt quotes on motherhood

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”

Mothers tend to forget how important they are in our lives. Try using touching quotes like this to remind your mom why she matters the way she does.

Here are more heartfelt Mother’s Day card messages :

  • “A mother’s love endures through all.” – Washington Irving
  • “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

You can use Picsart’s text editor tool to decorate your mother’s photos with quotes like these. If you want to come up with your own Mother’s Day quotes, you can use Picsart’s AI writer . Here are some examples that the AI writer has put together:

  • “A mother’s love is like a thread that weaves our hearts together in a beautiful tapestry of memories.”
  • “In your arms, I found comfort; in your eyes, I found guidance; in your heart, I found love.”
  • “Thank you for all the sacrifices you’ve made and the unconditional love you continue to give, mom. You are my rock.”

Inspirational quotes for Mother’s Day

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Mothers are inspired at heart. But that doesn’t mean you can’t inspire them even more with these quotes! 

  • “Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heartthrob.” – Leroy Brownlow
  • “There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” – Elder M. Russell Ballard
  • “Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person’s everything.” – Anon.

Here are more from the Picsart AI writer:

  • “Thank you, Mom, for all the sacrifices you’ve made, the love you’ve shown, and the strength you’ve given.”
  • “Motherhood: where love knows no end and patience knows no bounds.”

Funny Mother’s Day card messages to make mom smile

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Your Mother’s Day message doesn’t always have to be deep or serious. Sometimes it’s humor that goes a long way! Here are some cute Mother’s Day quotes to liven things up:

  • “Happy Mother’s Day! And while I have you, quick apologies for ages 13-21.”
  • “Happy Mother’s Day! I will always be your financial burden. Sorry! Can I borrow $20?”
  • “Without me, today would just be another day. You’re welcome. Happy Mother’s Day!”
  • “I’m sorry for all the grey hairs I’ve caused, but hey, they match your wisdom!”
  • “Thanks, Mom, for teaching me how to argue and win…even though you’re always right.”

Pair any of these with some photos of your mom, add some effects , and put a smile on her face!

How to use Picsart for Mother’s Day

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Picsart has a ton of tools that you can use to create unique Mother’s Day card messages. You can play around with its photo editor tool while coming up with funky happy Mother’s Day quotes using the text editor . You can even combine photos and texts to create the perfect digital gift! 

Another Picsart perk is the AI writer . It comes in handy when you want that extra inspiration for writing Mother’s Day card quotes or messages. The tool is super simple to use both on desktop and mobile. 

How to use the AI writer on the web: 

  • Open Picsart Web Editor and start a new project.
  • Use the Text button from the left column.
  • Click the Write with AI button to launch the AI writer.
  • Type in your prompt and generate your text!

On mobile: 

  • Open Picsart on your iOS or Android device.
  • Use the purple + button to start a new edit. 
  • Select Text from the toolbar at the bottom and then you’ll see the AI writer button on the top right corner of your keyboard.
  • Now just briefly describe what kind of a Mothers’ Day quote you are looking for, select a tone, language, and length, and use the Generate text button. 
  • Pick the version you like or if you want to see more options just use the Generate more button.

Putting together Mother’s Day message cards

If you decide to send a mom an awesome card full of quotes for Mother’s Day , you have two options. You can either use Piscart’s templates or create your own custom design. Luckily, there are tons of templates on Piscart to choose from, with even more ideas to get inspired by. And if you want to do things your own way, the possibilities are endless. 

A cool idea is adding happy Mother’s Day quotes for Mother’s Day to photos of moms. With the tools available on Picsart, you can add quotes seamlessly and create awesome Mother’s Day message cards. There are also dozens of filters and effects you can apply to the photos to make them blend in with the quotes. 

Mother’s Day is also the perfect time to stock up your online shop with unique Mother’s Day gifts. You can use Picsart’s AI writer tool to come up with funny quotes for Mother’s Day, play around with the fonts, then upload mock-ups of different objects to display the quotes on. It can be a mug, a t-shirt, a doormat…you name it! If you want to visualize things even more, use the Smart Background tool to generate custom backgrounds for the mock-ups. If you’re happy with the final design, it’s time to add the items to your online store.

Designing social media posts for Mother’s Day

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Imagine your mom checking her social media on Mother’s Day and seeing a unique post made just for her. Designing these posts is also a great way for businesses to show gratitude toward employees who are mothers.

Luckily for you, Piscart has the right tools to help create these posts. This includes adding quotes for Mother’s Day as overlays and using mom’s favorite photos. You can also customize photo backgrounds with different themes and add different effects . The sky’s the limit!

Wrapping up

Aside from their birthdays, you only get one chance to pamper mothers with love and appreciation. And that’s on Mother’s Day! A creative way of cheering them up is designing customized cards with Mother’s Day messages on them. There are hundreds of quotes for Mother’s Day that you can choose from. You can also get inspired from what others have done. 

Whether it’s happy Mother’s Day quotes or cute Mother’s Day quotes , you can create unique designs using Piscart’s tools. Either grab a template or create your custom design. Add effects to mom’s favorite photos, pair them with Mother’s Day card messages , and warm a mother’s heart! 

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