Boat Quotes

Quotes on the Sea and Sailors

Boat Drinks

"If you kill a few brain cells with some rum... It makes the rest work a little harder." (Cap Couillon)

"The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash." (Winston Churchill)

"I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2" (Ernest K Gann)

"To the question, When were your spirits at the lowest ebb? the obvious answer seemed to be, When the gin gave out." (Sir Francis Chichester)

"Why is the rum always gone?" (Captain Jack Sparrow)

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"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters." (Howard Bloomfield)

"He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea." (Thomas Fuller)

"What a picturesque spot! I wonder where we are!" (Kate, Pirates of Penzance)

"The cure for anything is saltwater... sweat, tears, or the sea. (Isak Dinesen)

"When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land." (Dr. Samuel Johnson)

"Twenty years from now you will be more disppointed 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)

"When I feel the need to go out in the street and knock peoples hats off for no reason, it's time to go to sea" (Ismael in Moby Dick by Herman Melvile)

"Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit." (Brooks Atkinson)

"The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself." (John Rousmaniere)

"Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know." (Donald Hamilton)

"Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him." (Charles G. Davis)

"I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls." (Hugo Vihlen)

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"Wind is to us what money is to life on shore. (Sterling Hayden)

“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)

"At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much." (Robin Lee Graham)

"A wooden boat is like a stripper girlfriend. They look amazing but they're an awful lot of trouble." (Unknown)

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Dealing with Emergencies

"He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger." (Hammond Ines)

"The sea finds out everything you did wrong." (Francis Stokes)

"Houston, we've had a problem here." (James Lovell)

"No plan survives contact with reality." (Matt Forbeck)

"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try." (Yoda)

"If you can't repair it, maybe it shouldn't be on board."(Lin and Larry Pardey)

"Well, that escalated quickly." (Ron Burgandy)

"A bad plan that works, isn't a bad plan." (John Ringo)

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On Culture Shock and Life Ashore

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more." (Dorthy Gale)

"I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times." (Everett Dirksen)

"Never get outta the boat!... Never get outta the boat!" (Jay "Chef" Hicks)

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen, and stupidity. (Harlan Elison)

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The Final Word

"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." (Spoken by Ratty to Mole in Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame)

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