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Sailing Quotes


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

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

"Sailing is not a romantic song" - Christopher Cross

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

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

"Sailing, the most expensive way to travel 3rd class" - Buzzy Trent

"Living without an aim, is like sailing without a compass." - John Ruskin

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

"It is always fair sailing, when you escape evil." - Sophocles

"I grew up flying over oceans and moving and sailing." - Jane Alison

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

"It's not always plain sailing , especially when you're flying" - Brendan Rodgers

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

"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

"Equestrian and sailing are sports for people growing up on the mean streets of Connecticut." - Craig Ferguson

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

"Say, it's only a paper moon, / Sailing over a cardboard sea." - Yip Harburg

"Life is like sailing. You can use any wind to go in any direction." - Robert Breault

"I was sailing from tedium to apathy with a side trip to torpor." - Peggy Noonan

"Drifting, On a sea of forgotten teardrops, On a lifeboat, Sailing for Your love" - Jimi Hendrix

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

"My soul to-day Is far away Sailing the Vesuvian Bay." - Thomas Buchanan Read

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

"Life is like sailing. You can use any wind to go in any direction." - Robert Brault

"Get the Titanic sailing correctly before you worry about the deck chairs." - Peter Greenaway

"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

"Design has taken the place of what sailing used to be." - Dennis Conner

"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

"My soul to-day Is far away Sailing the Vesuvian Bay." - Thomas Buchanan Read

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

"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

"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

"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

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

"Love is going to replace life and from then on it's all smooth sailing. Love will replace life." - Marita Golden

"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

"The other side of the globe is but the home of our correspondent. Our voyaging is only great-circle sailing." - Henry David Thoreau

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

"There was a sound in the background like a distant sheep coughing gently on a mountainside. Jeeves sailing into action." - P G Wodehouse

"Even if it is made up of gold, the sailing boat can go nowhere without the humble wind!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Sailing round the world in a dirty gondola oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!" - Bob Dylan

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

"We returned home, after these experiments, with the conviction that sailing flight was not the exclusive prerogative of birds." - Otto Lilienthal

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

"Three fishers went sailing away to the west,/ Away to the west as the sun went down." - Charles Kingsley

"In the time it takes us to look beyond the lies, we could be sailing in each other's eyes." - Dan Fogelberg

"Family, that slippery word, a star to every wandering bark, and everyone sailing under a different sky." - Mark Haddon

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

"They aren't obliged to vanish when we're gone. They don't have to be seen while sailing on." - Wislawa Szymborska

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

"Where great whales come sailing by, Sail and sail, with unshut eye, Round the world for ever and aye." - Matthew Arnold

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

"The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind." - William Falconer

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

"I wanted to be a doctor in sports medicine; I was into sailing and all that sort of thing." - Christopher Atkins

"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

"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

"Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear, your head like the golden rod, and we will go sailing away from here to the beautiful Land Of Nod." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock." - Mahatma Gandhi

"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

"Since my childhood I learned that to understand the world we need to go further and take the risks of sailing in unknown seas." - Paulo Coelho

"... strike the words "white male" from all your constitutions, and then, with fair sailing, let us sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish together." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Herschel removed the speckled tent-roof from the world and exposed the immeasurable deeps of space, dim-flecked with fleets of colossal suns sailing their billion-leagued remoteness." - Mark Twain

"Our future is like that of the passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail." - James Lovelock

"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

"Tho' he inherit Not the pride, nor ample pinion, That the Theban eagle bear, Sailing with supreme dominion Thro' the azure deep of air." - Thomas Gray

"I wind about, and in and out, - With here a blossom sailing, - And here and there a lusty trout, - And here and there a grayling..." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Everything went smoothly at the sailing events today, except for the British team. They forgot to bring limes and they all got scurvy." - Craig Ferguson

"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

"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

"Spirits rise as the sails fill... Gone is the sea's glassy surface, and with it the terrible glare. Close the hatches and ports! We're sailing again!" - Jim Moore

"Some gifted adventurer is always sailing round the world of art and science, to bring home costly merchandise from every port." - Robert Aris Willmott

"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

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

"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

"Born in the Flint, Michigan, big boat sailing on the Great Lakes and skiing in the winter was how most of my youth was spent." - Doug Rice

"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

"The sailing flight of birds is the only form of flight which is carried on for some length of time without the expenditure of power." - Otto Lilienthal

"Experience alone can teach us the best forms of construction for sailing apparatus in order that they may be of sufficient strength, very light, and most easily managed." - Otto Lilienthal

"In Western Australia they don't even know how to make that vital piece of sailing-boat equipment, the gin and tonic." - P. J. O'Rourke

"For me, my craft is sailing on, Through mists to-day, clear seas anon. Whate'er the final harbor be 'T is good to sail upon the sea!" - John Kendrick Bangs

"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

"I wind about, and in and out, With here a blossom sailing, And here and there a lusty trout, And here and there a grayling." - Alfred Tennyson

"Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear, Your head like the golden-rod, And we will go sailing away from here To the beautiful land of Nod." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"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

"We went sailing one time, and he wore a Speedo, and any smart woman should know that means bisexual at least." - Chuck Palahniuk

"For me, my craft is sailing on,Through mists to-day, clear seas anon.Whate'er the final harbor be'T is good to sail upon the sea!" - John Kendrick Bangs

"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

"i wish i was away in Ingo far across the briny sea sailing over deepest waters where neither care nore worry trouble me" - Helen Dunmore

"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

"I thought I would try my hand at sailing. It was too small and kept sinking, so I decided to try a boat instead." - Arthur M. Jolly

"My goal in sailing isn't to be brilliant or flashy in individual races, just to be consistent over the long run." - Dennis Conner

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

"I'm sort of known in the comedy community as 'Smooth Sailing,' just 'cause everything always goes great. I've always had success at every turn." - Jon Glaser

"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

"I have no interest in sailing around the world. Not that there is any lack of requests for me to do so." - Edward Heath

"I really enjoy sailing on Lake Geneva because I can just look at the shore and see my wife having a barbecue with the kids." - Ernesto Bertarelli

"The romantic appeal of solar sailing has ensured that its advocates consistently come from the worlds of both science fiction and science fact." - Thomas Mallon

"The green appeal of solar sailing - traveling by light, once chemical propellants have done their dirty job of orbital insertion - ought to be powerful." - Thomas Mallon

"As long as I can remember, I've been writing - first poems, then stories, and by my early teenage years I was also in love with sailing." - Nathaniel Philbrick

"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

"Home is like the ship at sea, Sailing on eternally; Oft the anchor forth we cast, But can never make it fast." - Charles Dickens

"I'm sort of known in the comedy community as "Smooth Sailing," just 'cause everything always goes great. I've always had success at every turn. Everything has gone well for me. I've never had a project fail. Everywhere I go, it's "What's up, Smooth Sailing?! How are the seas today, buddy?" I'm like, "Calm as can be!"" - Jon Glaser

"I know how to dance with the wind, I can use its power by sailing this way, then that way, and again this way, till finally I get to you. With rowing, you're working primarily with your arms and shoulders. But with sailing, you're making bigger use of the wind and the waves." - Jeff Bridges

"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

"I love cities that are on the water. I love the water element, specifically the sea. I grew up on the sea and I grew up sailing - I love sailing - and the presence of the sea gives the air and the light a very special quality that I absolutely adore." - Connie Nielsen

"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

"Some things cannot be spoken or discovered until we have been stuck, incapacitated, or blown off course for awhile. Plain sailing is pleasant, but you are not going to explore many unknown realms that way." - David Whyte

"What child has a heart to sing in this capricious clime of ours, when spring comes sailing in from the sea, with wet and heavy cloud-sails and the misty pennon of the east-wind nailed to the mast." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Every year I spend one month just sailing, but I still work when Im on the boat. You never separate work from leisure. A boat is like a magic world, like a little island." - Renzo Piano

"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

"There's precious little to say between day and dark, Perhaps a few words on the implacable will Of time sailing like a magic barque Or something as fine for the amenities...." - Allen Tate

"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

"... for, by all the stars That tend thy bidding, I do think the bars That kept my spirit in are burst - that I Am sailing with thee through the dizzy sky! How beautiful thou art!" - John Keats

"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Any chance he's turned a new leaf and taken up sailing for real?" "About as likely as me doing it." Hadrian eyed Royce for a heartbeat. "I put him at the top of the list." - Michael J. Sullivan

"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

"There is no crisis in cinema. There are negative periods. There are times when some films are received well and others aren't. The past teaches us that some films were received badly, while others go sailing on." - Vittorio De Sica

"I know enough about Satan to realize that he will have all his weapons ready for determined opposition. He would be a missionary simpleton who expected plain sailing in any work of God." - James O. Fraser

"New things always have to experience difficulties and setbacks as they grow. It is sheer fantasy to imagine that the cause of socialism is all plain sailing and easy success, without difficulties and setbacks or the exertion of tremendous efforts." - Mao Zedong

"The magnetic needle always points to the north, and hence it is that sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness." - Ramakrishna

"As sailing into port is a happier thing than the voyage, so is age happier, than youth; that is, when the voyage from youth is made with Christ at the helm." - John Pulsford

"The owlet atheism, sailing on obscene wings across the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and shuts them close, and, hooting at the glorious sun in heaven, cries out, Where is it?" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"The stately-sailing swan Gives out his snowy plumage to the gale; And, arching proud his neck, with oary feet Bears forward fierce, and guards his osier isle, Protective of his young." - James Thomson

"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

"Any chance he's turned a new leaf and taken up sailing for real?" "About as likely as me doing it." Hadrian eyed Royce for a heartbeat. "I put him at the top of the list." - Michael J. Sullivan

"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

"Coastal sailing as long as it is perfectly safe and easy commands no magic. Overseas expeditions are invariably bound up with ceremonies and ritual. Man resorts to magic only where chance and circumstances are not fully controlled by knowledge." - Bronislaw Malinowski

"If you're going through difficult times today, hold steady. It will change soon. If you are experiencing smooth sailing and easy times now, brace yourself. It will change soon. The only thing you can be certain of is change." - James Dobson

"I'm going to Iowa for an award. Then I'm appearing at Carnegie Hall, it's sold out. Then I'm sailing to France to be honored by the French government - I'd give it all up for one erection." - Groucho Marx

"Their elegant shape, showy colors, and slow, sailing mode of flight, make them very attractive objects, and their numbers are so great that they form quite a feature in the physiognomy of the forest, compensating for the scarcity of flowers." - Henry Walter Bates

"Writing itself is a bad enough trade, rightly held up to ridicule and contempt by the greater part of mankind, and especially by those who do real work, plowing, riding, sailing" - Hilaire Belloc

"Our desire must be like a slow and stately ship, sailing across endless oceans, never in search of safe anchorage. Then suddenly, unexpectedly, it will find mooring for a moment." - Etty Hillesum

"Were this world an endless pain, and by sailing eastward we could forever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage." - Herman Melville



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