We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.
— John F. Kennedy
To me, the sea is a continual miracle; the fishes that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there?
— Walt Whitman
The sea, that great library of books one cannot read.
— Ian Fleming
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.
— E.E. Cummings
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
— Jacques Cousteau
But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of the ocean.
— H.P. Lovecraft
No water, no life. No blue, no green.
— Sylvia Earle, American marine biologist and author
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.
— Danish writer Karen Christence Dinesen
And somebody told me this is the place
where everything’s better, and everything’s safe.
Walk on the ocean, step on the stones.
Flesh becomes water, wood becomes bone.
— “Walk on the Ocean,” 1991 song by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Ocean… It is Time perhaps,
or the vessel filled with all motion, pure Oneness,
that death cannot touch, the visceral green of consuming totality…
— Pablo Neruda
Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.
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, Austro-German poet
A wave in the sea, seen in one way, seems to have a distinct identity, an end and a beginning, a birth and a death. Seen in another way, the wave doesn’t really exist, but is just the behavior of water, ‘empty’ of any separate identity, but ‘full’ of water.
— Sogyal Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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, and the shells and pebbles and the seaweed with tiny living creatures attached to it never lost their fascination for me.
— Helen Keller
In one drop of water are found the secrets of all the endless oceans.
— Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer and artist
He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea.
— George Herbert, English poet and priest