Quotations About / On:
The sea has neither meaning nor pity.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in Gusev, Works, vol., "Nauka" (1976).)
Virtues lose themselves in self-interest, as rivers in the sea.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 172 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, October 20, 1820.)
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. Letter to Oskar Pollak, January 27, 1904. Letters to Friends, Family, and Editors, trans. by Richard and Clara Winston, New York, Schocken Books (1977).)
But it takes a lot of money to live freely by the sea.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Martha in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).)
Doom is dark and deeper than any sea-dingle.
(W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet, essayist. The Wanderer (l. 1). . .
Juvenilia; Poems, 1922-1928 [W. H. Auden]. Katherine Bucknell, ed. (1994) Princeton University Press.)
Unfathomable mind, now beacon, now sea.
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1953. Moran, in Molloy, p. 145, Grove Press (1970).)
How holy people look when they are sea-sick!
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. "Written Sketches," Notebooks (1912).)
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea.
(Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. The Advancement of Learning, bk. 2, ch. 7, sct. 5 (1605).)
When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, March 18, 1776 (1791).)