Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I'd rather be...

Quotes compiled by Mike Harrison

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

To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift.
--Franklin D. Roosevelt

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
--Helen Keller

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
--August Hare

One ship sails east and another sails west
With the self-same winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sail and not the gale
Which determines the way they go.
As the winds of the sea are the ways of fate
As we voyage along through life,
Tis the act of the soul that determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea."
-- Dr. Thomas Fuller (1608-61)

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
--Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) US novelist

I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls.
--Hugo Vihlen

It is not the ship so much as the skilled sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.
--George William Curtis (1817 - 1862)

But when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money--booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
--William H. Murray

The key to all strange things is in thy heart..../ My spirit has come home, that sailed the doubtful seas.
--Countee Cullen

Avoid destructive thinking. Improper negative thoughts sink people. A ship can sail around the world many, many times, but just let enough water get into the ship and it will sink. Just so with the human mind. Let enough negative thoughts or improper thoughts get into the human mind and the person sinks just like a ship.
--Alfred A. Montapert

Come, my friends,
T'is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
--Alfred Lord Tennyson

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your goal.
--Napoleon Hill

Up anchor! Up anchor!
Set sail and away!
The ventures of dreamland
Are thine for a day.
--Silas Weir Mitchell.

There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
-- Water Rat, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
-- Oliver Wendel Holmes

There was a great difference in boats, of course. For a long time I was on a boat that was so slow we used to forget what year it was we left port in.
-- Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

Red sky by morning,
sailor take warning.
Red sky at night,
sailor's delight.
-- Anonymous

Raise your sail one foot, and you get ten feet of wind.
-- Chinese Proverb

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.
-- John Paul Jones

A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
A wind that follows fast,
And fills the white and rustling sail,
And bends the gallant mast.
-- Allan Cunningham, A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea

When in doubt, let it out.
-- Anonymous

To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
--Henry Van Dyke

On life's vast ocean diversely we sail,
Reason the card, but passion is the gale.
-- Alexander Pope, Essay on Man

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
--Marjorie Holmes

A strong nor’-wester ’s blowing, Bill!
Hark! don’t ye hear it roar now?
Lord help ’em, how I pities them
Unhappy folks on shore now!
--The Sailor’s Consolation

A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.
--Leon Tec, M.D.

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
--Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
--Bertha Calloway

It is time to be old
To take in sail.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Instead of sailing off into the sunset, he hopes to sail into the next century.
--Dave Anderson

Never in my life before have I experienced such beauty, and fear at the same time…
-- Ellen MacArthur

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
-- William Shedd

If one does not know to which port is sailing, no wind is favorable.

You are uneasy; you never sailed with me before, I see.
--Andrew Jackson (1767 - 1845) US president (7th)

You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.
--Yogi Berra

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe ~
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.

"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken,
And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in the beautiful sea ~

"Now cast your nets wherever you wish ~
Never afeard are we";
So cried the stars to the fisherman three:
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam ~
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
'Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea ~

But I shall name you the fishermen three:
And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
And Nod.
--Eugene Field

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
--Ursula K. Leguin