Below are some of my favorite and most inspirational quotes:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”   -Henry David Thoreau

“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

“If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most.”   -E. B. White

“We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring we will arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”   – T.S. Eliot

“Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.”   -Robert N. Rose

“I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth, a nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and without borders, where life is lived in the present. In this limitless nation, this nation of wind, light, and peace, there is no other ruler besides the sea.”   – Bernard Moitessier

“The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place.”     – Arthur Ransome

“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only [not in]dispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”    –Henry David Thoreau

“All who wander are not lost.”   -JRR Tolkein

“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.”    -Robin Lee Graham

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”    -Henry David Thoreau

“Mo Money, Mo Problems”  – Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls

And a funny one from Alyssa while fishing in Maupiti:

“I never said I wanted to go fishing.  I said I wanted to catch a fish.”    -The Blonde Mermaid

Recently heard from a friend:

“Sailing is the fine art of getting wet and becoming ill, while going nowhere slowly at great expense” 



  1. troy manske's Gravatar troy manske
    September 15, 2013    

    very inspiring quotes — the one from Tolkien is my favorite.

    –good luck on your adventure…

  2. October 18, 2013    

    I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

    • October 18, 2013    

      Great Quote. Thanks, Tom. This week gave me another:

      “A sailors joys are as simple as a child’s” – Bernard Moitessier

      So true. A good night’s sleep, a delicious meal, warmth, sunshine. It’s amazing how much sailing brings one back to the simple joys in life that are so commonly taken for granted by landlubbers.

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