Boat Quotes: Top 20 Seafaring Sayings About Ships and Boats

Popular Quotes About Boats from Authors, Celebrities and Quoatable Folks

Boats are captivating, capturing the imagination as much as being a form of transportation and recreation. Through the ages men have used boats, barges and ships to fish, travel, and transport treasure, and those on dry land have often dreamed of being on a boat.

From the Biblical disaster story of Noah’s Ark to the Titanic to the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, even boat tragedies and ghost ships have become the subject of paintings, books, movies and folklore. Little wonder that there are so many beautiful and inspiring sayings about ships and boats. Here are 20 of the best boat quotes.

‘Being on a boat that’s moving through water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not.’ — James Taylor

‘Thoughts will change and shift just like the wind when you’re on a boat.’ — Jeff Bridges

‘To the Sea, to the Sea! The white gulls are crying
The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.
West, west away, the round sun is falling.
Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling?’
? J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

‘I’ve met the most interesting people while flying on or a boat. These methods of travel seem to attract the kid of people I want to be with.’ — Hedy Lamar

‘The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.’ — Dale Carnegie

‘Jolly boating weather,
And a hay harvest breeze,
Blade on the feather,
Shade off the trees.’
William Johnson Cory

‘I start from the premise that no object created by man is as satisfying to his body and soul as a proper sailing yacht.’ — Arthur Beiser, The Proper Yacht

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’ — Mark Twain

‘For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three.’ — Hilaire Belloc

‘There’s nothing–absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.’ ? Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows

‘To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.’
? Franklin D. Roosevelt

‘Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.’ — Robert N. Rose

‘I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me. ‘
? Gary Paulsen, Caught by the Sea

‘I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky.
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.’
John Masefield

‘He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.’ — Thomas Fuller

‘The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.’ — William A. Ward

‘Now then, Pooh,’ said Christopher Robin, ‘where’s your boat?’
‘I ought to say,’ explained Pooh as they walked down to the shore of the island, ‘that it isn’t just an ordinary sort of boat. Sometimes it’s a Boat, and sometimes it’s more of an Accident. It all depends.’
‘Depends on what?’
‘On whether I’m on the top of it or underneath it.’
? A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

‘Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.’ — Brooks Atkinson

That’s what sailing is, a dance, and your partner is the sea. And with the sea you never take liberties. You ask her, you don’t tell her. You have to remember always that she’s the leader, not you. You and your boat are dancing to her tune.’
? Michael Morpurgo, Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

‘It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.’
Sir Francis Drake