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A list of the best sea quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous sea quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic sea quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about sea?" and "What are inspirational sea quotes?"

This list includes notable sea quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest sea quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite sea sayings get to the bottom of the list.

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    As usual I finish the day before the sea, sumptuous this evening beneath the moon, which writes Arab symbols with phosphorescent streaks on the slow swells. There is no end to the sky and the waters. How well they accompany sadness!

    Albert Camus More
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    The sea -- this truth must be confessed -- has no generosity. No display of manly qualities -- courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness -- has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.

    Joseph Conrad More
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    The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.

    Joseph Conrad More
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    The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it... Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.

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    The ocean, whose tides respond, like women's menses, to the pull of the moon, the ocean which corresponds to the amniotic fluid in which human life begins, the ocean on whose surface vessels (personified as female) can ride but in whose depth sailors meet their death and monsters conceal themselves... it is unstable and threatening as the earth is not; it spawns new life daily, yet swallows up lives; it is changeable like the moon, unregulated, yet indestructible and eternal.

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    The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.

    Carl Sandburg More
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    new! The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.

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    Wide sea, that one continuous murmur breeds along the pebbled shore of memory!

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    There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.

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    There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave.

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    When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.

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    I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began.

    William Hazlitt More
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