President John F. Kennedy had a plaque on his desk given to him by Admiral Hyman Rickover,
who gave one like it to the commanding officer of each new Polaris submarine.  It read:
O' God, Thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.  -- Prayer of Breton fishermen
The storm is over, the land hushes to rest;
the tyrannous wind, its strength fordone,
is fallen back in the west.  -- Robert Bridges
Least Alone
For all that has been said of the love professed for it, the sea has never been friendly to man.  
At most, it's been an accomplice of his restlessness.  -- Joseph Conrad
In solitude...where we are least alone.  -- Lord Byron
This grand show is eternal, it is always sunrise somewhere.  -- John Muir
I hate to be near the sea when it's roaring and raging; it puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of
the human mind, always struggling...and ending just where it began.  -- William Hazlitt
Nights of storm, days of mist, sad days when the sun shone in vain; old griefs
and griefs not yet begun.  -- Edward Thomas
As for courage and will, we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust
there will be sufficient to carry us through trials which may lie ahead.  -- Andre Norton
My experience of being at sea is that one makes an interesting discovery about the
world.  One finds one can do without it.  -- Malcolm Bradbury
Turn your wounds into wisdom.  -- Oprah Winfrey
Hope is a strange invention, a patent of the heart,
In unremitting action, yet never wearing out.
-- Emily Dickinson
Music:  Lost in the Fifties

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