The sea hath no king but God alone.

—Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1881

A fair complexion is unbecoming to a sailor: he ought to be swarthy from the waters of the sea and the rays of the sun.

—Ovid, c. 1 BC

And to our age’s drowsy blood / Still shouts the inspiring sea.

—James Russell Lowell, 1848

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

—Book of Ecclesiastes, c. 250 BC

The sole business of a seaman onshore who has to go to sea again is to take as much pleasure as he can.

—Leigh Hunt, 1820

The sea hath fish for every man.

—William Camden, 1605

Why is a ship under sail more poetical than a hog in a high wind? The hog is all nature, the ship is all art.

—Lord Byron, 1821

The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1870

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 30 BC

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

The Mediterranean has the colors of a mackerel, changeable I mean. You don’t always know if it is green or violet—you can’t even say it’s blue, because the next moment the changing light has taken on a tinge of pink or gray.

—Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It’s the glory of the sea that has turned my head.

—Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883

He who commands the sea has command of everything.

—Francis Bacon, c. 1600