Sea Quotes

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Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.
Albert Schweitzer

There is the life of the plankton in almost endless variety; there are the many kinds of fish, both surface and bottom living; there are the hosts of different invertebrate creatures on the sea-floor; and there are those almost grotesque forms of pelagic life in the oceans depths. Then there are the squids and cuttlefish, and the porpoises, dolphins and great whales.
Alister Hardy

Ocean: a body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man who has no gills.
Ambrose Bierce

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I heard silence, silence infinite as the bottom of the ocean, a silence that sealed.
Anne Spollen

The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.
Annie Dillard

The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.
Beyoncé Knowles

We know that when we protect our oceans we’re protecting our future.
Bill Clinton

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
Blaise Pascal

Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark.
Bob Dylan

The sea! the sea! the open sea!, The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
Bryan W. Procter

We are blessed with a magnificent and miraculous world ocean on this planet. But we are also stressing it in ways that we are not even close to bringing under control.
Carl Safina

The sea will grant each man new hope, and sleep will bring dreams of home.
Christopher Columbus

The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.
Christopher Paolini

Reminders of the carefree days, building castles in the sand.
D. Morgan

If we don’t manage this resource, we will be left with a diet of jellyfish and plankton stew.
Daniel Pauly

The sea hath no king but God alone.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.
Dave Barry

Do what we will, the Colorado will one day find an unimpeded way to the sea.
Donald Worster

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.
Douglas Jerrold

To heal the ocean, we must heal ourselves.
Dr. Rod Fujita

I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.
Drew Barrymore

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.
Dwight Moody

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.
e.e. Cummings

The use of sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession therof.
Elizabeth I, Queen of England

You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
Evan Esar

Without water, our planet would be one of the billions of lifeless rocks floating endlessly in the vastness of the inky-black void.
Fabien Cousteau

No matter how remote we feel we are from the oceans, every act each one of us takes in our everyday lives affects our planet’s water cycle and in return affects us.
Fabien Cousteau

The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ocean energy can contribute a great deal toward the protection or our atmosphere – without damaging marine ecosystems that are equally vital to the planet’s future.
Fred Krupp

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. The sea.
Gary Paulsen

My boat is on the shore, And my bark is on the sea.
George Gordon Byron

To me, the sea is like a person-like a child that I’ve known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there.
Gertrude Ederle

Most of us, I suppose, are a little nervous of the sea. No matter what its smiles may be, we doubt its friendship.
H. M. Tomlinson

Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.
Heinrich Zimmer

I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.
Helen Keller

It isn’t the oceans which cut us off from the world – it’s the American way of looking at things.
Henry Miller

My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about the sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
Herman Melville

It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.
Hunter S. Thompson

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Isaac Newton

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.
Isak Dinesen

No love is Like an ocean with the dizzy procession of the waves’ boundaries.
Jack Spicer

The sea is not a bargain basement.
Jacques Cousteau

A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it.
Jacques Cousteau

From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.
Jacques Cousteau

No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.
Jacques Cousteau

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
Jacques Cousteau

The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Jacques Cousteau

I do an awful lot of scuba diving. I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean. I live next to the ocean.
James Cameron

The tradition of freedom of the high seas has its roots in an era when there were too few people to seriously violate the oceans – but in hindsight that era ended some 150 years ago.
James Carlton

The waves of the sea help me get back to me.
Jill Davis

Even castles made from sand fall to the ocean.
Jimi Hendrix

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.
John F. Kennedy

That the sea is one of the most beautiful and magnificent sights in Nature, all admit.
John Joly

Only God almighty and naval research can save us from the perils of the sea.
John Warner

The true peace of God begins at any spot a thousand miles from the nearest land.
Joseph Conrad

There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
Joseph Conrad

If you like to eat seafood or swim in the ocean, it’s time to get involved.
Julie Evans-Brumm

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
Kahlil Gibran

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
Kate Chopin

I have always been fascinated by the ocean, to dip a limb beneath its surface and know that I’m touching eternity, that it goes on forever until it begins here again.
Lauren DeStefano

A pool just isn’t the same as the ocean. It has no energy. No life.
Linda Gerber

Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest.
Lloyd Biggle Jr.

And I have loved thee, Ocean! And my joy of youthful sports was on thy breast to be borne, like thy bubbles, onward; from a boy I wantoned with thy breakers. They to me were a delight; and if the freshening sea made them a terror, ‘twas a pleasing fear.
Lord Byron

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
Lord Byron

Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
Loren Eiseley

The warm sand and cool breeze take me back to my childhood days.
Michelle Held

To find a seashell is to discover a world of imagination.
Michelle Held

Everyone has faith in God though everyone does not know it. For everyone has faith in himself and that multiplied to the nth degree is God. The sum total of all that lives is God. We may not be God, but we are of God, even as a little drop of water is of the ocean.
Mahatma Gandhi

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
Mother Teresa

My love, i would like even more; to be an ocean if you are the wave; to be a wave, if you are the ocean.
Nicolas Guillen

It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist: the threat is rather to life itself.
Rachel Carson

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
Rachel Carson

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.
Rachel Carson

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.
Robert Henri

I felt the full breadth and depth of the ocean around the sphere of the Earth, back billions of years to the beginning of life, across all the passing lives and deaths, the endless waves of swimming joy and quiet losses of exquisite creatures with fins and fronds, tentacles and wings, colourful and transparent, tiny and huge, coming and going. There is nothing the ocean has not seen.
Sally Andrew

Voyage upon life’s sea, To yourself be true, And, whatever your lot may be, Paddle your own canoe.
Sarah Bolton

Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.
Sarah Kay

I am you; you are me. You are the waves; I am the ocean. Know this and be free, be divine.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sponges grow in the ocean. That just ‘gets’ me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn’t happen.
Stephen Wright

Ever since I was a child I’ve felt connected to water: lakes, rivers, streams – I love to jump in and swim around. But it’s the ocean where I go for rejuvenation, revelation, and solace.
Susan Rockefeller

The oceans deserve our respect and care, but you have to know something before you can care about it.
Sylvia Earle

I want to get out in the water. I want to see fish, real fish, not fish in a laboratory.
Sylvia Earle

People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet-we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.
Sylvia Earle

With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.
Sylvia Earle

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
T. S. Eliot

Waves are the voices of tides. Tides are life.
Tamora Pierce

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
Thomas Fuller

At the end of the day, no amount of investing, no amount of clean electrons, no amount of energy efficiency will save the natural world if we are not paying attention to it – if we are not paying attention to all the things that nature give us for free: clean air, clean water, breathtaking vistas, mountains for skiing, rivers for fishing, oceans for sailing, sunsets for poets, and landscapes for painters. What good is it to have wind-powered lights to brighten the night if you can’t see anything green during the day? Just because we can’t sell shares in nature doesn’t mean it has no value.
Thomas L. Friedman

You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.
Thomas Traherne

Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.
Unknown Author

I dropped a tear in the ocean, and whenever they find it I’ll stop loving you, only then.
Unknown Author

Eternity begins and ends with the ocean’s tides.
Unknown Author

As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love.
Unknown Author

If you want to know how much I love you, count the waves.
Unknown Author

May your time be filled with relaxing sunsets, cool drinks and sand between your toes.
Unknown Author

Ocean treasures left on the shore, Nature’s gift to adore.
Unknown Author

The great fact in life, the always possible escape from dullness, was the lake…
Unknown Author

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

To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim-the rocks-the motion of the waves-the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?
Walt Whitman

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
William James

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
William Shakespeare

Even the upper end of the river believes in the ocean.
William Stafford

The ocean is a mighty harmonist.
William Wordsworth

The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.

The world’s finest wilderness lies beneath the waves.

The sea lives in every one of us.

Always remember that the ocean delights in feeling your feet in her eternal bath.

Into the ocean went a world more fantastic than any imagination could inspire.

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