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For years I have collected quotes about boats, cruising, the sea, etc. and this morning, lying in my hammock (unfortunately NOT on a boat) I was reading through some of them on an old notebook computer I don't use very often and came across pages of quotes. I can't believe I'm the only person here that does that sort of thing. I thought I might share a couple of them to start off this thread and hope others will share their's as well:

The difference between a house and a boat according to Arthur Ransom:

Houses are but badly built boats so firmly aground that you can not think
of moving them. They are definitely inferior things, belonging to the
vegetable, not the animal world, rooted and stationary, incapable of gay
transition.... 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.

One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness; a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs.---Henry Wheeler Snow

"One day many years ago a man walked along and stood in the sound of the ocean on a cold, sunless shore and said, 'We need a voice to call across the water, to warn ships; I'll make one. I'll make a voice like all of time and all the fog that ever was; I'll make a voice that is like an empty bed beside you all night long, and like an empty house when you open the door, and like trees in autumn with no leaves. A sound like the birds flying south, crying, and a sound like November wind and the sea on the hard cold shore. I'll make a sound that's so alone that no one can miss it, that whoever hears it will weep in their soul, and hearths will seem warmer, and being inside will seem better to all who hear it in distant towns. I'll make me a sound and an apparatus and they'll call it a foghorn and whoever hears it will know the sadness of eternity and the briefness of life.'---Ray Bradbury

And the bright horizon calls! Many a thing will keep till the world's work is done, and youth is only a memory. When the old enchanter came to my door laden with dreams, I reached out with both hands. For I knew that he would not be lured with the gold that I might later offer, when age had come upon me.--- Richard MacCullough/Viking's Wake

I'll have a lot more, but now it's over to y'all.

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Good quotes, thanks.
"A sailor travels to many lands, to any place he pleases,
And he always remembers to wash his hands, so he don't catch no diseases."
(Pee Wee Herman)
"It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better." -- Sir Francis Drake

"If you can't repair it, maybe it shouldn't be on board." -- Lin and Larry Pardey

"You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind." -- Timothy Leary

Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.
They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves.
They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.
They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits' end.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love....
(from Psalm 107)
"Walk the plank," says Pirate Jim.
"But Capt. Jim, I cannot swim."
"Then you must steer us through the gale."
"But Capt. Jim, I cannot sail."
"Then down with the galley slaves you go."
"But Capt. Jim, I cannot row."
"Then you must be the pirate's clerk."
"But Capt. Jim I cannot work."
"Then a pirate captain you must be."
"Thank you, Jim," says Capt. me.
--- Shel Silverstein
SIX PHASES OF A PROJECT:

ENTHUSIASM
DISILLUSIONMENT
PANIC
SEARCH FOR THE GUILTY
PUNISHMENT OF THE INNOCENT
PRAISE AND HONOR TO NONPARTICIPANTS
Boat-Project Arithmetic:

10 Projects on the To-Do List,
Minus
9 Projects Completed
Equals
19 Projects Left to Do
LOL!!!
Roger that!
What am I? A barnacle on the dinghy of life.
--Popeye
"I had once read in a book that traced the natural history of blue whales that the great creatures often had to travel thousands of miles through the dark waters of the Pacific Ocean to find a mate. They conducted their search with the fever and furious attention of beasts aware of the imminence of extinction. . As the whaling fleets depleted their numbers, scientists conjectured that there were whales who would exhaust themselves in fruitless wanderings and never connect with any mate at all. When I read about those solitary leviathans, I feared that I had stumbled on an allegory of my own life, that I would spend my life unable to make a connection, unable to find someone attracted by the beauty and urgency of my song. Sometimes I felt like an endangered species.

---Pat Conroy/ Lords of Discipline.
It is always well to moor your ship with two anchors.
--Publius Syrus, circa 50 BC

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