Quotations About / On:
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.)
A modern fleet of ships does not so much make use of the sea as exploit a highway.
(Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. The Mirror of the Sea, ch. 22 (1906).)
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
(John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Affluent Society, ch. 11, sct. 4 (1958).
Referring to the resistance of conventional wisdom to "the economics of affuence.")
History is a child building a sand-castle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.
(Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 24, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).)
How holy people look when they are sea-sick!
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. "Written Sketches," Notebooks (1912).)
Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever.
(John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Sept. 30, 1820. Letters of John Keats, no. 239, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
Written shortly after embarking from England on his last journey to Italy, where he succumbed to tuberculosis, Feb. 23, 1821.)
At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Letter, May 28, 1860, to Evert A. Duyckinck. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).)
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
(John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. Hugging the Shore (collection of essays), foreword.)
I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Books," Society and Solitude (1870).)
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).)