Ocean Quotations, Quotes, Quotation Collection

Myriad laughter of the ocean waves.
 

Aeschylus

As the ocean giveth rise to springs, whose water return again into its bosom through the rivers, so runneth thy life force from the heart outwards, and so returneth into its place again

Akhnaton [Ikhnaton or Akhenaton]

Rain, with a silver flail;
Sun, with a golden ball;
Ocean, wherein the whale
Swims minnow-small.

William Rose Benet

OCEAN, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.

Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

Old ocean's gray and melancholy waste.
 

William Cullen Bryant

For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.

Joseph Conrad

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

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea.
 

E. E. Cummings

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

Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.

Loren Eiseley

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

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

James Russell Lowell

It is only when we are very happy that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony, to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay. When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness, and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys.

Baroness Orczy

No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm.
 

Unknown

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

Carl Sandburg

Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn't happen.
 

Steven Wright