Famous Sea and Shipping Quotes

If you love the sea, boats and ships, these quotes will tug your heart closer to your maritime passions.

  • 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, Boat Designer
  • The voice of the sea speaks to the soul – Kate Chopin
  • Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope. – Epictetus
  • To reach a port we must sail-sail, not tie at anchor Sail, not drift – Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage. – George William Curtis, Writer
  • If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger – Hammond Ines, Novelist
  • One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It’s the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • 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, Great American Writer
  • The is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea-Joseph – Conrad, Writer
  • I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way. – John Paul Jones
  • The is nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats – Kenneth Grahame, Writer
  • The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea – Ovid Poet
  • When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not to live on land – Dr Samuel Johnson, Writer
  • It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better – Sir Francis Drake, Sear Captain
  • I always say a song is like a ship. Once it has been made, you let it sail. Let the waves take it in the direction it wants to. Mohit Chauhan
  • 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, Painter
  • At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. – Robin Lee Graham, Sailor
  • There is so much to sailing a ship. There’s about a thousand different lines on a brig ship, and knowing what each one of those does, it takes a long time, and that’s why you have these cabin boys that start on the ship, and they learn throughout the years, and that’s why it takes so long to captain one. Tom Holland
  • Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. Benjamin Franklin
  • I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott
  • 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
  • The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator – Edmund Gibbon, Historian
  • The rules of navigation never navigated a ship. The rules of architecture never built a house. Thomas Reid
  • Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness. John Calvin
  • I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea – Alaine Gerbault, Sailor
  • 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
  • We did not all come over on the same ship, but we are all in the same boat. – Bernard Baru
  • He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards the ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast. – Leonardo da Vinci
  • The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails – William Arthur Ward, Writer
  • 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
  • If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever – Thomas Aquinas
  • Our minds are mysterious; our conscious brain is like a ship on a sea that is obscure to us. Meghan O’Rourke
  • A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. – Grace Hopper
  • You are the master of your own ship, pal. There are lots of people who fall into troubled waters and don’t have the guts or the knowledge or the ability to make it to shore. They have nobody to blame but themselves. Evel Knievel
  • We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope. Epictetus
    The only safe ship in a storm is leadership. – Faye Wattleton
  • The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board. Grover Cleveland
  • No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm. Charles Kettering

For sea lovers, these quotes are more than just words; a way of living and leading their life. If you have friends and family members who would love these quotes, you can choose the best quotes and share with them in a number of ways, could be a t-shirt printed with a quote, a frame, a mug or even a home décor item that keeps reminding them of the quote. Check out these super cool ideas to display these famous sea and shipping quotes:

Fathers/Brothers Gifts Inspirational Quotes A Smooth Sea Never makes a Skilled Sailor 

Mugs are never out of fashion or use, so without any fear or worry you can gift this sea quote mug to any of your loved ones. It is made of high-quality printing and microwave safe material, making it last longer and be more useful than ordinary customized printable mugs.

Wall Decals Psalm 93:4 Mightier Than the Waves of The Sea Quote Wall

This is another very interesting gift for sailors and sea lovers. A wall sticker with their favourite quote will be a great way to share their passion in the house. This wall decal is made of eco-friendly non-toxic material; hence it is safe for kids. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t require additional tools and dries off quickly. Unlike other stickers which spoil the walls, this sticker is durable and firmly adhesive but can be removed easily, leaving no residue behind on the wall.