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The 59 Best Quotes About The Ocean

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As humans, we weren’t really built for the sea. Yet we yearn for it, do we not?

Many have fallen in love with vast and endless ocean and have written beautiful things about it. We’ve gone ahead and curated the best of them for your quote-loving enjoyment.

I need the sea because it teaches me.Pablo Neruda

The ocean calms my restless soul.Unknown

The Cure Is Salt

The sea lives in every one of us. Wyland

Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away. Sarah Kay

Thousands have lived without love- not one without water. W. H. Auden

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. Robert Henri

I have seafoam in my veins, I understand the language of waves.Jean Cocteau

I crave a love so deep the ocean would be jealous. Unknown

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The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. Jacques Cousteau

And 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

She was the tide, always drifting in and out of the lives of those who loved her, eternally indecisive, unable to discern whether she desired the solidity and safety of land, or the wild freedom of the ocean.Beau Taplin, Wild Ocean

Home is where the waves are. Unknown

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea. E.E. Cummings

In a cottage
by the Sea
is where
I want to be.Unknown

The sea will grant each man new hope. Christopher Columbus

Sylvia Plath The Sea

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

Dear ocean,
Thank you for making us feel tiny, humble, inspired, and salty… all at once.Unknown

The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t. Christopher Paolini

The ocean, because of its vastness, can hide secrets for a very long time. Paul Snelgrove

I am a tiny seashell that
has secretly drifted ashore
and carries the sound of the ocean
surging through its body. Edward Hirsch

My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. Rainer Maria Rilke

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi

The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out. Annie Dillard

Beautiful Mysterious

If you ever find yourself empty from something you cannot know or name, find a stretch of ocean, a field, or mountainside, or even clouds, or trees. Because there are 1,000 simple ways to fill your tired soul so you can remember how to be, how to see, and most importantly, how to breathe.Victoria Erickson

Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful. Unknown

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean. H.P. Lovecraft

If the ocean ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Stephen Palumbi

smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

Eternity begins and ends with the ocean’s tides. Unknown

Time is like the ocean you can only hold a little in your hands. Josh Pyke

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. Mother Teresa

I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. Helen Keller

Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time. H. P. Lovecraft

To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there? Walt Whitman

I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. Isaac Newton

My Eyes Search For You

The ocean is a place of skin, rich outer membranes hiding thick juicy insides, laden with the soup of being. Vera Nazarian

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent. Dave Barry

I have always been fascinated by the ocean, to dip a limb beneath its surface and know that I’m touching eternity, that it goes on forever until it begins here again. Lauren DeStefano

Every Drop In The Ocean Counts

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

‘Take your shoes off,’ purred the ocean waves. Dr. SunWolf

The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul. Wyland

I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows. Drew Barrymore

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans. Kahlil Gibran

Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark. Bob Dylan

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide

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

Even castles made from sand fall to the ocean. Jimi Hendrix


Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part. Hermann Broch

As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love. Unknown

The waves are calling and I must go. Unknown

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