Quotations About / On: SEA

  • 31.
    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).)
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  • 32.
    "That rough tooth of the sea," Kineo, great source of arrows and of spears to the ancients, when weapons of stone were used.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 260, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 33.
    We learn geology the morning after the earthquake, on ghastly diagrams of cloven mountains, upheaved plains, and the dry bed of the sea.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Considerations by the Way," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 34.
    Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 10, 1776 (1791).)
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  • 35.
    There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear—the city of London and the South Seas.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "The South Seas" (1858-59), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987). A lecture.)
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  • 36.
    Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground, long heath, brown furze, anything.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gonzalo, in The Tempest, act 1, sc. 1, l. 65-7. Facing shipwreck.)
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  • 37.
    The god Janus never had two more decidedly different faces than your sea captain.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "Etchings of a Whaling Cruise" (1847), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).)
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  • 38.
    Verily, a polluted stream is man. One must actually be a sea to take in a polluted stream without becoming impure. Behold, I teach you the superman: he is the this sea, in him can your great contempt go under.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 15, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "Prologue," section 3 (1883).)
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  • 39.
    There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.
    (Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. letter, Sept. 13, 1952, to the critic Bernard Berenson. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981). Of The Old Man and the Sea published that year.)
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  • 40.
    To me, the sea is like a person—like a child that I've known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I'm out there.
    (Gertrude Ederle (b. 1906), U.S. swimmer. New York Post (Sept. 5, 1956). Remark made 30 years after becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel.)
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