I am ill every time it blows hard, and nothing but my enthusiastic love for the profession keeps me one hour at sea.

—Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1804

The legislator is like the navigator of a ship on the high seas. He can steer the vessel on which he sails, but he cannot alter its construction, raise the wind, or stop the waves from swelling beneath his feet.

—Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

Ocean. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man—who has no gills.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.

—Anaïs Nin, 1950

I’ve been bathing in the poem

Of star-infused and milky sea

Devouring the azure greens.

—Arthur Rimbaud, 1871

I never even saw the use of the sea. Many a sad heart has it caused, and many a sick stomach has it occasioned! The boldest sailor climbs on board with a heavy soul and leaps on land with a light spirit.

—Benjamin Disraeli, 1827

All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full.

—Book of Ecclesiastes, c. 250 BC

Ashore it’s wine, women, and song; aboard it’s rum, bum, and concertina.

—British naval saying, c. 1800

The sea hath no king but God alone.

—Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1881

The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

—Edward Gibbon, 1788

He who commands the sea has command of everything.

—Francis Bacon, c. 1600

He that commands the sea is at great liberty and may take as much and as little of the war as he will.

—Francis Bacon, c. 1600

The life of a sailor is very unhealthy.

—Francis Galton, 1883