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Old 18-06-2013, 09:37   #1
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What is Your Favorite Quote?

Please share your favorite boat quotation.

I often see quotes in member's signatures. Some are very thought provoking. Some are darn right funny. It would be nice to have a thread with all of these. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 18-06-2013, 09:45   #2
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Re: What is Your Favorite Quote?

Obviously one of my favourites is from a Danish author:

"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea"
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Old 18-06-2013, 09:46   #3
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I like the quote from Wind in the Willows...

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
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Old 18-06-2013, 09:51   #5
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Re: What is Your Favorite Quote?

A bit long-winded for a "quote", but nonetheless a favorite from Matthew Arnold's Sorhab and Rustum:

But the majestic river floated on,
Out of the mist and hum of that low land,
Into the frosty starlight, and there moved,
Rejoicing, through the hush'd Chorasmian waste,
Under the solitary moon;—he flow'd
Right for the polar star, past Orgunjč,
Brimming, and bright, and large; then sands begin
To hem his watery march, and dam his streams,
And split his currents; that for many a league
The shorn and parcell'd Oxus strains along
Through beds of sand and matted rushy isles—
Oxus, forgetting the bright speed he had
In his high mountain-cradle in Pamere,
A foil'd circuitous wanderer—till at last
The long'd-for dash of waves is heard, and wide
His luminous home of waters opens, bright
And tranquil, from whose floor the new-bathed stars
Emerge, and shine upon the Aral Sea.
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Old 18-06-2013, 09:56   #6
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Old 18-06-2013, 09:59   #7
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Re: What is Your Favorite Quote?

I don't know about a favorite, but I can bring up one that I don't like.

The one that everyone uses from Sterling Hayden, talking about poverty and simplicity.

A Hollywood movie star, on a fully-crewed 96' schooner, Wanderer, talking about poverty is about as hypocritical as you can get.

The quote itself is good, but it would have been better if someone that knew what they were talking about said it.
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Old 18-06-2013, 10:02   #8
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YAY!!!

I get to use my new favorite quote I tore out of the paper yesterday!!!!


"The difference between stupidity and genius ... Is that genius has its limits"

Albert Einstein

A twofer post with the exact same text!
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Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.
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“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.” Hunter S. Thompson
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Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?

A bit long but ...

To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest.

Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea... cruising, it is called.

Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in.

If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about. "I've always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can't afford it."

What these men can't afford is not to go.

They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment.

That's all - in the material sense, and we know it.

But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice.

Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?


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Fear,

Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea.

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