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Sailing Ships Quotes


"Always sailing, sailing, sailing...never quite reaching." - Cressida Cowell

"Nothing comes sailing by itself." - Alexander Dale Oen

"Not so much two ships passing in the night as two ships sailing together for a time but always bound for different ports." - P D James

"As I sat on a sunny bank On Christmas day in the morning I spied three ships come sailing in." - Washington Irving

"There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful." - Fernando Pessoa

"If all the ships I have at sea Should come a-sailing home to me, Ah, well! the harbor would not hold So many ships as there would be If all my ships came home from sea." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"There are silver ships There are gold ships, But there are no ships Like friendships." - W Mitchell

"I found it to be smooth sailing - 100 percent smooth sailing my whole career." - Mindy Kaling

"Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up." - Henry David Thoreau

"Sailing heart-ships through broken harbors out on the waves of the night, still the searcher must ride the dark horse racing alone in his fright." - Neil Young

"From the plough to paper, from the wheel to house, from tool handles to sailing ships. Man would have been nothing without trees." - Chris Priestley

"The suffix 'naut' comes from the Greek and Latin words for ships and sailing. Astronaut suggests 'a sailor in space.' Chimponaut suggests 'a chimpanzee in sailor pants'." - Mary Roach

"Ships dim-discovered dropping from the clouds." - James Thomson

"Ships are but boards, sailors but men." - William Shakespeare

"Ships are expendable; the whales are not." - Paul Watson

"People can be slave-ships in shoes." - Zora Neale Hurston

"Sometimes I feel like I'm sailing on a sunken dream" - Robbie Williams

"The cloudlets are lazily sailing O'er the blue Atlantic sea." - Heinrich Heine

"I grew up sailing in the North Sea." - Laura Dekker

"Every flyer who ventures across oceans to distant lands is a potential explorer; in his or her breast burns the same fire that urged adventurers of old to set forth in their sailing-ships for foreign lands." - Jean Batten

"The big change, the really radical change in communication, was in the late 19th century. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph is astronomical. Everything since then has been small increments, including the internet." - Noam Chomsky

"That new technologies and techniques would be forthcoming was a fundamental article of Christian faith. Hence, no bishops or theologians denounced clocks or sailing ships-although both were condemned on religious grounds in various non-Western societies." - Rodney Stark

"Sailing has given me some of the most pleasant and exciting moments of my life. It also has taught me something of the courage, resourcefulness, and strength of men who sail the seas in ships." - John F Kennedy

"We are the captains of our own ships sailing the sea of life, but in times of a stormy weather, you will discover true friends when they don't hesitate to be a lighthouse." - Dodinsky

"Orcs, and talking trees, and leagues of grass, and galloping riders, and glittering caves, and white towers and golden halls, and battles, and tall ships sailing, all these passed before Sam's mind." - J R R Tolkien

"Clouds do not really look like camels or sailing ships or castles in the sky. They are simply a natural process at work. So too, perhaps, are our lives." - Roger Ebert

"The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century ago. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph was far more radical than that from telephone to email!" - Noam Chomsky

"Two lives that once part are as ships that divide." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Ships are to little purpose without skillful Sea Men." - Richard Hakluyt

"Two lives that once part are as ships that divide." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"It's not easy to take three ships out of service." - Micky Arison

"Politicians are like ships: noisiest when lost in a fog." - Bennett Cerf

"Guarded with ships, and all our sea our own." - Edmund Waller

"Japanese ships are strictly forbidden to leave for foreign countries." - Tokugawa Iemitsu

"Two lives that once part are as ships that divide." - Edward G Bulwerlytton

"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." - Zora Neale Hurston

"I am sailing with thee through the dizzy sky! How beautiful thou art!" - John Keats

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable." - Seneca the Younger

"If you don't know what port you are sailing to, no wind is favourable." - Seneca the Younger

"You mustn't miss the moment. There's only one first sailing into Rio harbor." - Bette Davis

"I'll do business with anyone, but I'll only go sailing with gentlemen." - J P Morgan

"Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price." - Amelia Earhart

"I love sailing. I like it more when I am winning." - Larry Ellison

"It is not the ship so much as the skilled sailing that assures the prosperous voyage." - George William Curtis

"Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price." - Amelia Earhart

"The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be." - Ella Maillart

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Instead of sailing off into the sunset, he hopes to sail into the next century." - Dave Anderson

"It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage." - George William Curtis

"Even though I grew up surfing and sailing in Southern California, I was born horse crazy." - Bo Derek

"I was never part of the sailing circle, but I enjoy when I'm invited to sail." - Philippe Petit

"We enjoy sailing small boats, two of which I have designed and built myself." - Martin Ryle

"The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village." - Roald Dahl

"You saw Britain back in the early days of sailing ships. They were the sea power, the controlled the seas and they had colonies all over the world and then you can look at history and watch the way that their empire kind of crumbled. I certainly don't want that to happen to the United States in space technology." - Leroy Chiao

"O skies, be calm! O winds, blow free - Blow all my ships safe home to me! But if thou sendest some a-wrack, To never more come sailing back, Send any - all that skim the sea, But bring my love-ship home to me." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Most sailing ships take what they call trainees, who pay to be part of the crew. The Picton Castle takes people who are absolutely raw recruits. But you can't just ride along. You're learning to steer the ship, navigation; you're pulling lines, keeping a lookout; in the galley you're cooking." - Billy Campbell

"Shuttles in the rocking loom of history, the dark ships move, the dark ships move, their bright ironical names like jests of kindness on a murderer's mouth" - Robert Hayden

"We Shall Build Good Ships Here; At A Profit If We Can, At A Loss If We Must, But Always Good Ships." - Collis Potter Huntington

"Ninety percent of what we wear, we eat, we consume is carried by ships... Container ships carry a vast amount of stuff." - Rose George

"There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does." - Alan Villiers

"I grew up in a sailing family. My dad lived for sailing, and when we moved to Canada when I was a child, he really wanted us to learn." - Daria Werbowy

"Sailing became one of the mainstreams of my life. I suppose my father was an influence. I remember seeing a photo of him at home sailing a big boat to Bermuda in his 20s. I still have it." - David Crosby

"Loose lips sink ships." - Barbara Kingsolver

"When the sea was calm all ships alike showed mastership in floating." - William Shakespeare

"It is men who make a city, not walls or ships." - Thucydides

"Rocket ships are exciting but so are roses on a birthday." - Leonard Nimoy

"If the art of ship-building were in the wood, ships would exist by nature." - Aristotle

"I am like a moon that shines on an immense, unknown sea where ships never pass" - Auguste Rodin

"More in prosperity is reason tost than ships in storms, their helms and anchors lost." - John Denham

"I be off the slave ships, building pyramids, writing my own hieroglyphs" - Kendrick Lamar

"I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!" - Stewart Francis

"I hear Canada is still free though. They ain't got slaver camps and ships." - Tara Brown

"Space-ships and time machines are no escape from the human condition." - Arthur Koestler

"A fleet of British ships at war are the best negotiators." - Horatio Nelson

"Be careful about gossiping because loose lips really do sink ships." - Tavis Smiley

"Filming a pirate film is always good fun, with ships and indecent clothing." - Eric Idle

"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters." - Bible

"Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?" - Christopher Marlowe

"Books are the ships which pass through the vast sea of time." - Francis Bacon

"For Rhime the Rudder is of Verses, With which like Ships they steer their courses." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"Like ships, that sailed for sunny isles, But never came to shore." - Thomas Kibble Hervey

"Ellis Island is for the people who came over on ships. My people came in chains." - David Dinkins

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Spending time on 18th-century ships in Tahiti when I was 17 was quite unusual." - Dexter Fletcher

"In Los Angeles, half of all smog from sulfur dioxide comes in from ships." - Rose George

"Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ileum?" - Christopher Marlowe

"And the wind plays on those great sonorous harps, the shrouds and masts of ships." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Why not a space flower? Why do we always expect metal ships?" - W D Richter

"Everything was black in the harbor, but there were still some fires burning on the ships." - Barney Ross

"Nobody has ever been hurt by the actions of ships I have been on." - Paul Watson

"Like ships that have gone down at sea, when heaven was all tranquillity." - Thomas Moore

"To send our troops, our ships, our planes to this war is ridiculous." - John Hewson

"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for." - Grace Hopper

"What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we cannot cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?" - Thomas Merton

"The open ocean often takes you past your physical limits and when it does, sailing becomes a mental game." - Abby Sunderland

"I challenge you to a duel!" screamed the cat, sailing over their heads on the swinging chandelier." - Mikhail Bulgakov

"Sailing to an island unknown Failing to find your way home you walk under a sea leagues beneath us" - Maggie Stiefvater

"I love sailing and water sports; whether it's water skiing, body boarding or surfing or simply swimming in the ocean." - Karolina Kurkova

"My sailing system set sail, make it fast, no thoughts of energy or velocity, loll back, let boat drift." - Albert Einstein

"I hate a Barnacle as no man ever did before, not even a Sailor in a slow-sailing ship." - Charles Darwin

"Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea." - John Updike

"When I'm not surfing or sailing, I am to be found at the harbour working on my boat." - Laura Dekker

"The most ordinary conditions for observing sailing birds are then the wind and sea are both aft." - Lawrence Hargrave

"As a cabin boy on a Norwegian sailing ship I earned five kronen a week in addition to my keep." - Fritz Sauckel

"Every flyer who ventures across oceans to distant lands is a potential explorer; in his or her breast burns the same fire that urged the adventurers of old to set forth in their sailing-ships for foreign lands. Riding through the air on silver wings instead of sailing the seas with white wings, he must steer his own course, for the air is uncharted, and he must therefore explore for himself the strange eddies and currents of the ever-changing sky in its many moods." - Jean Batten

"We will build a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines, as recommended by the bipartisan National Defense Panel. We right now only have 276 ships, and it's not enough." - Donald Trump

"Without ships, we cannot live." - Winston Churchill

"We too could wrest iron from the bowels of the earth and fashion it into ships and machines." - Jose Clemente Orozco

"Small events and choices determine the direction of our lives just as small helms determine the directions of great ships." - M Russell Ballard

"Always stay sharp on railways and cruise ships for transit has a way of making everything clear." - Anna Godbersen

"We will send ships and Marines as soon as possible for the protection of American life and property." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind. We are useless." - Charles Spurgeon

"The ship is safest when it is in port, but that's not what ships were built for." - Paulo Coelho

"A late game is only late until it ships. A bad game is bad until the end of time" - Shigeru Miyamoto

"By arts, sails, and oars, ships are rapidly moved; arts move the light chariot, and establish love." - Ovid

"I'll stick to building ships." - George Steinbrenner

"On ships they call them barnacles; in business they attach themselves to desks and are called vice presidents." - Fred Allen

"We cannot change ideas in the minds of men and races with machine guns or battle ships." - Herbert Hoover

"All governments, Books, customs, buildings, railways, ships, and all the stark realities that men have made, Are but imagination's utterances." - Henry Abbey

"Nature abhors a lot of things, including vacuums, ships called the Marie Celeste, and the chuck keys for electric drills." - Terry Pratchett

"The great religions are the ships, Poets the life boats. Every sane person I know has jumped overboard." - Hafez

"The sea is not less beautiful in our eyes because we know that sometimes ships are wrecked by it." - Simone Weil

"When he reached the New World, Cortes burned his ships. As a result his crew was well-motivated." - Sean Connery

"We had 600 ships, a 600 ship Navy under [Ronald] Reagan. We're down to 200 now [in 2016]." - Rush Limbaugh

"People have the "ships" that they love, and I think they love the show's original relationship the most." - Lucy Hale

"The Third Fleet's sunken and damaged ships have been salvaged and are retiring at high speed toward the enemy." - William Halsey

"HARBOR, n. A place where ships taking shelter from storms are exposed to the fury of customs." - Ambrose Bierce

"The ships we sank with women and children aboard. The lifeboats we shelled. Mmm... we were good at that." - Emeric Pressburger

"Admirals and Generals always want more ships and more weapons and they take the arguments where they can find them." - Helmut Schmidt

"The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them." - Amelia Barr

"There's huge, massive mother ships going up to the Yukon. They've been filmed and are on video." - Dan Aykroyd

"A modern fleet of ships does not so much make use of the sea as exploit a highway." - Joseph Conrad

"The more ships have grown in size and consequence, the more their place in our imagination has shrunk." - Rose George

"Ships are a strange kind of commodity because they're very lumpy, very big individual units, but they're commodities." - Wilbur Ross

"We too could wrest iron from the bowels of the earth and fashion it into ships and machines." - Jose C Orozco

"I shall sleep, and move with the moving ships, Change as the winds change, veer in the tide." - Algernon Charles Swinburne

"Africans in the United States must remember that the slave ships brought no West Indians, no Caribbeans, no Jamaicans or Trinidadians or Barbadians to this hemisphere. The slave ships brought only African people and most of us took the semblance of nationality from the places where slave ships dropped us off." - John Henrik Clarke

"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

"The world is like a vast sea: mankind like a vessel sailing on its tempestuous bosom. ... [T]he sciences serve us for oars." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Everything speaks: the flowing airstream and the sailing halycon, the blade of grass, the flower, the bud, the element; did you imagine the universe to be otherwise?" - Victor Hugo

"People say that life is a cesspool of darkness and dispair. Well we of Van Halen are sailing through it in a yacht!" - David Lee Roth

"The cloudlets are lazily sailing O'er the blue Atlantic sea; And mid the twilight there hovers A shadowy figure o'er me..." - Heinrich Heine

"It's not always going to be smooth sailing or everyone will do it. If you have something people want, it should be the perfect recipe for success." - Cameron Johnson

"When it comes to politics, one has to do as one at sea with a sailing ship, reach one's course having regard to prevailing winds." - William Lyon Mackenzie King

"Life in the ocean makes Earth hospitable. We are sailing along in the universe and we have a blue engine that is making everything alright." - Sylvia Earle

"Sailing is not a romantic song" - Christopher Cross

"Say, its only a paper moon Sailing over a cardboard sea But it wouldn't be make-believe If you believed in me." - Yip Harburg

"Sailing is necessary, living is not necessary." - Fernando Pessoa

"Sailing is a completely new sport for me and I wasn't sure what to expect but I've definitely got the bug." - Kirsty Gallacher

"What I love about acting is that you are exposed to so many different things. Horse-riding, sailing, travelling to amazing places." - Nikolaj Costerwaldau



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