33 Quotes About Sailing Through Life


Having an experience of a lifetime and sailing the open water can make life seem borderless. These quotes about sailing through life give an equal euphoric feeling for the adventure that life will lead you to next.

“A bad day sailing is 100 times better than a good day at work.”

“A man can pretend to be a lot of things in this world; but he can only pretend to be a sailor for as long as it takes to clear the harbour mouth.”

“Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.”

“For the most part, a sailboat navigates through its world of wind and water not leaving a single trace of its passage. Nothing is consumed. Nothing is altered. The winds and the water are left in exactly the same condition for the next user. Sailing is forever.”

“He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.”

“He who goes to sea for pleasure would go to hell to pass the time!”

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. ”

“If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it’s life or death. ”

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”

“It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.”

“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.”

“On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.”

“Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.”

“Sailing – The fine art of slowly going nowhere at great expense while being cold, wet and miserable. ”

“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.”

“Sailing requires the management of all the systems on the boat, plus all the controls on the boat, while assessing the weather and navigation.”

“Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows.”

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

“The questions that used to bother me at times, do not weigh anything before the immensity of a wake so close to the sky and filled with the wind of the sea.”

“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.”

“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.”

“Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail.”

“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.”

“Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal, and not the storm of life.”

“To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.”

“To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.”

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves.”

“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.”

“Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than the power that crosses the white sea, driven by the stormy wind, making a path under surges that threaten to engulf him.”

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