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date: 26 July 2021

The Sea 

see also Boats, Navy
  1. They that go down to the sea in ships: and occupy their business in great waters;
    These men see the works of the Lord: and his wonders in the deep.
    The Bible (Authorized Version, 1611): Psalm 107, v. 23; text as given in the Book of Common Prayer (1662)
  2. Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean—roll!
    Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
    Man marks the earth with ruin—his control
    Stops with the shore.
    Lord Byron 1788–1824 English poet: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812–18) canto 4, st. 179
  3. It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.
    Rachel Carson 1907–64 American zoologist: The Sea Around Us (1961 ed.)
  4. Water, water, everywhere,
    And all the boards did shrink;
    Water, water, everywhere,
    Nor any drop to drink.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834 English poet, critic, and philosopher: ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ (1798) pt. 2
  5. They didn't think much to the Ocean:
    The waves, they were fiddlin' and small,
    There was no wrecks and nobody drownded,
    Fact, nothing to laugh at at all.
    Marriott Edgar 1880–1951 British actor and writer: ‘The Lion and Albert’ (1932)
  6. The dragon-green, the luminous, the dark, the serpent-haunted sea.
    James Elroy Flecker 1884–1915 English poet: ‘The Gates of Damascus’ (1913)
  7. The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea.
    James Joyce 1882–1941 Irish novelist: Ulysses (1922)
  8. The sea is like music. It has all the dreams of the soul within itself and sounds them over.
    Carl Gustav Jung 1875–1961 Swiss psychologist: letter to Emma Jung, 22 September 1909
  9. It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea—whether it is to sail or to watch it—we are going back from whence we came.
    John F. Kennedy 1917–63 American Democratic statesman, 35th President 1961–3: speech, Newport, Rhode Island, 14 September 1962
  10. If blood be the price of admiralty,
    Lord God, we ha' paid in full!
    Rudyard Kipling 1865–1936 English writer and poet: ‘The Song of the Dead’ (1896)
  11. I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
    And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
    And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.
    wrongly printed as ‘I must down to the seas’ in the original of 1902
    John Masefield 1878–1967 English poet: ‘Sea Fever’ (1902)
  12. Meditation and water are wedded for ever.
    Herman Melville 1819–91 American novelist and poet: Moby Dick (1851) ch. 1
  13. It [the Channel] is a mere ditch, and will be crossed as soon as someone has the courage to attempt it.
    Napoleon I 1769–1821 French monarch, emperor 1804–15: letter to Consul Cambacérès, 16 November 1803
  14. The sea hates a coward!
    Eugene O'Neill 1888–1953 American dramatist: Mourning becomes Electra (1931)
  15. Whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.
    Walter Ralegh c.1552–1618 English explorer and courtier: ‘A Discourse of the Invention of Ships, Anchors, Compass, &c.’
  16. The sea is as near as we come to another world.
    Anne Stevenson 1933–  English poet: ‘North Sea off Carnoustie’ (1977)
  17. ‘A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drownded,’ he said ‘for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we do only be drownded now and again.’
    John Millington Synge 1871–1909 Irish dramatist: The Aran Islands (1907) pt. 2
  18. Break, break, break,
    On thy cold grey stones, O Sea!
    And I would that my tongue could utter
    The thoughts that arise in me.
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–92 English poet: ‘Break, Break, Break’ (1842)
  19. Rocked in the cradle of the deep.
    Emma Hart Willard 1787–1870 American pioneer of women's education: title of song (1840), inspired by a prospect of the Bristol Channel
  20. Thalassa, thalassa.
    The sea! the sea!
    Xenophon c.428–c.354 bc Greek historian: Anabasis bk. 4, ch. 7, sect. 24