Ten Top Quotations about the Ocean

16th September 2011   |   Jackie Hutchings

For centuries, the oceans have inspired authors and poets to write some wonderful quotations.   Here are some of our favourites :-)

‎”You’re going to voyage through a land of wonders. Stunned amazement will probably be your habitual state of mind. It will be a long while before you tire of the sights constantly before your eyes.”  [20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Jules Verne]

“It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea–whether it is to sail or to watch it–we are going back from whence we came.” [John F. Kennedy]

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” [Ryunosuke Satoro]

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” [Antoine de Saint-Exupery]

“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]

“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.”  [Christopher Reeve]

“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]

“I can only think of one experience which might exceed in interest a few hours spent underwater, and that would be a journey to Mars.”  [Medal of Honor winner and marine biologist William Beebe]

“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]


What’s your favourite quotation about the sea? We’d love you to leave a comment below and we’ll include it in our second ‘Quotations inspired by the Oceans’ post.

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