|~ Down to the Sea ~|
|I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
The wheel's kick, the wind's song and the white sail's gentle shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a chill grey dawn abreaking.
I must go down to the sea 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 soft and white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the seagulls lonely crying.
I must go down to the sea again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long sojourn is over.
-- John Masefield
|Ships that pass in the night and speak to each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; so, on the ocean of life, we pass and speak to one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again, and a silence. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow|
|The pessimist never discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. -- Helen Keller|
|A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for. -- Grace Hopper|
|We should not moor a ship with only one anchor,
or our life with only one hope. -- Epictetus
|As absurd as it may sound, it sometimes seems to
me that a ship has a soul. -- John Rhodes Sturdy
|I long for the solitude of a sunset at sea, for the motion of my boat
and the beauty of the stars in the evening's last glow. -- R. C. Gibbons
|The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects
it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. -- William Arthur Ward
|Patience. Patience is what the sea teaches.
Patience and faith. -- Ann Morrow Lindbergh
|Pay no attention to the naysayers, doomsday-predictors and critics of the
world. No statue has ever been erected to a critic. -- Jean Sibelius
|It's skill, not strength, that governs a ship. -- Thomas Fuller|
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