30 Famous Quotes about the Ocean

rumiThe 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

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

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

Hark, now hear the sailors cry / smell the sea, and feel the sky / let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic. Van Morrison

Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does. -John Kenneth Galbraith

It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy… Beach Therapy. -Amy Dykens

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

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

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. -Henry Beston

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

“Doesn’t it seem to you,” asked Madame Bovary, “that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?” Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

The ocean is a place of skin, rich outer membranes hiding thick juicy insides, laden with the soup of being. Vera Nazarian

What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams. -Werner Herzog

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

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea. -e.e. cummings

And 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

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

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean. -H. P. Lovecraft

There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it’s audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands. Cecelia Ahern

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

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

At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.-Anonymous

My soul is full of longing / For the secret of the sea, / And the heart of the great ocean / Sends a thrilling pulse through me. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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 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

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

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

I couldn’t imagine living in a state that didn’t reach the ocean. It was a giant reset button. You could go to the edge of the land and see infinity and feel renewed. Avery Sawyer

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The “I Want To Live” Foundation: One Small Step for Keiki-kind?

The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.  - Jacques Yves Cousteau
The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat. – Jacques Yves Cousteau (Seen here with John Denver c.1976)

As part of the mission of Mauisalt I want to introduce the idea of introducing those less fortunate than ourselves to the sea. My idea is simple: Everyone’s world is widened by experiencing the depths and mysteries of the ocean. As a child I was fascinated by “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.” It was, in large part, because of Mr. Cousteau that I was inspired to study Marine Biology in college, became involved with the Surfrider Foundation and Greenpeace, and immersed myself in surfing and the ocean world.

The original plan for IWTL (the I Want To Live Foundation) was to find sailors willing to volunteer their time to taking kids for a sail. While I still think this idea is a good one, there are so many other ways to experience the ocean; diving, snorkeling, surfing, kiting, observing tide pools, the opportunities for discovery are seemingly endless.

Sadly, even though Maui is surrounded by water, many kids haven’t the means or the mentors to help them make the leap. How cool would it be if we could get a few folks to step forward and take up the challenge?

At this point, I don’t know the details. It’s really just a thought. Hopefully it’s a thought that others might share. I’m wide open to suggestions and comments. These ideas are never ours to keep to ourselves and, while I do have someone in mind that could do this idea justice (and will continue to chide her ever so gently), I’m offering it to anyone interested in taking up the challenge. It’s something that I believe needs to happen and, to me, it doesn’t matter who does it.

Following is the song behind the name: (Yeah, I’m one of those cornballs who listened to a lot of John Denver as a kid).

“I Want To Live” by John Denver

There are children raised in sorrow on a scorched and barren plain,
there are children raised beneath a golden sun.
There are children of the water, children of the sand,
and they cry out through the universe, their voices raised as one:
I want to live, I want to grow, I want to see, I want to know,
I want to share what I can give, I want to be, I want to live.

Have you gazed out on the ocean, seen the breaching of a whale?
Have you watched the dolphins frolic in the foam?
Have you heard the song the humpback hears five hundred miles away?
Telling tales of ancient history of passages and home?
I want to live, I want to grow, I want to see, I want to know,
I want to share what I can give, I want to be, I want to live.

For the worker and the warrior, the lover and the liar, for the native and the wanderer in kind.
For the maker and the user, and the mother and her son.
I am looking for my family and all of you are mine.

We are standing all together, face to face and arm in arm.
We are standing on the threshold of a dream.
No more hunger, no more killing, no more wasting life away.
It is simply an idea and I know its time has come.
I want to live, I want to grow, I want to see, I want to know,
I want to share what I can give, I want to be,

I want to live, I want to grow, I want to see, I want to know,
I want to share what I can give, I want to be, I want to live.