69+ Best Boat Quotes: Exclusive Selection

A boat is a watercraft of a large range of types and sizes, but generally smaller than a ship, which is distinguished by its larger size, shape, cargo or passenger capacity, or its ability to carry boats. Inspirational and thought provoking boat quotes will capture perfectly how it is truly a wonderful thing.

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Most Famous Boat Quotes

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out and meet it. Jonathan Winters

I am the master of my fate and I am the captain of my boat. While ups and downs are a part of everyone’s journey, how you face it makes you the person or artiste you are. Jubin Nautiyal

The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats. Ernest Hemingway

Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks. Warren Buffett

This boat that we just built is just fine. And don’t try to tell us it’s not The sides and the back are divine It’s the bottom I guess we forgot. Shel Silverstein

Our annual school physics trip was always to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, as it’s such a good example of Newtonian physics. You can learn about centrifugal force and Newton’s first law from the roller coasters, and the Viking long boat is a giant pendulum. It’s good for children to understand that science underpins all these brilliant things. Ben Miller

I grew to judge every purchase by how many bronze screws I could buy for the boat if I didn’t spend on this or made do without that. Lin Pardey

I used to own an island in the Seychelles and had a big boat there and one day I came across some Somali pirates who were passing by on their way to re provision their boat. They didn’t even acknowledge me which is unheard of among sailors and it was like looking into the eyes of a black mamba. Wilbur Smith

There is no better tool or equipment you can have onboard than a well trained crew. Larry Pardey

Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford. George Matthew Adams

Sometimes you need to tether your boats to stop them from following your dreams.  Anthony T. Hincks

Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford. George Matthew Adams

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Kenneth Grahame

Lake Pend Oreille is definitely my favorite place to be while in Sandpoint. I love to get out on a boat to enjoy water sports, camping, fishing, or just to relax and catch a sunset. Nate Holland

The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats. Ernest Hemingway

Through F1, I bought my own boat. I learned to fly my own plane and helicopter. And my job with my company is a reflection of everything motor racing taught me. Nelson Piquet

Even if it is made up of gold, the sailing boat can go nowhere without the humble wind!  Mehmet Murat Ildan

I have a pathological terror of falling through ice. I nearly drowned once. I fell off a boat and got a cramp, and was rescued by an oil rig diver, a great bear of a man who simply leant into the water and scooped me out with one finger. Jeremy Clarkson

The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself. John Rousmaniere

I want to go to Italy and France those are my two places. And I really want to go to Greece. I’ve seen so many pictures on Airbnb that make me think I should be living there. I could eat great salads and be on a boat. Mary Lambert

Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit. Brooks Atkinson

I believe race is too heavy a burden to carry into the 21st century. It’s time to lay it down. We all came here in different ships, but now we’re all in the same boat. John Lewis

If the water is calm, the boat is also calm! If your thoughts are calm, your life is also calm! Mehmet Murat Ildan

I missed the boat when I was doing Late Night. Chris Elliott

The boat is safer anchored at the port, but that is not the aim of boats. Paulo Coelho

Most people are rowing against the current of life. Instead of turning the boat around, all they need to do is let go of the oars. Esther Hicks

If you are a boat that wants to sail in windy weather, you must be more stubborn than the waves! Mehmet Murat Ildan

Something I like to do a lot is just sit by water when there’s a current and just stare into the water. I don’t fish, I don’t hunt, I don’t scuba, I don’t spear, don’t boat, don’t play basketball or football I excel at staring into space. I’m really good at that. Iggy Pop

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth. Rachel Carson

I loved Le Taha’a private resort in Tahiti. It’s accessible only by private boat or helicopter, and it sits on a tiny strip of land just big enough for one hotel. It’s extraordinary and faces the Vanilla Island where Tahitians grow vanilla. Marie Helvin

The only ship you can truly steer in this ocean is the one you’re sailing. Quit trying to alter the winds; harness them. Richelle E. Goodrich

I didn’t know I was poor, growing up, because everyone was in the same boat. I couldn’t have bikes. It never really bothered me, but I could have any book. I loved school I loved learning. Yeah, I never cared for possessions. I still don’t, really. Ricky Gervais

It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage. George William Curtis

Thoughts will change and shift just like the wind and the water when you’re on the boat; thoughts are no different than anything else. Jeff Bridges

The sooner we learn to be jointly responsible, the easier the sailing will be.  Ella Maillart

I love Chicago. I lived there briefly for three months and kept a boat under one of those space-age buildings. It was very Jetsons. Candace Bushnell

When I’m out sailing, I don’t wonder what heaven is like because I know. Anthony T. Hincks

The stock market is like a small row boat on a rough sea, bouncing around as it drifts, whereas the macro economy is like a large ocean liner, very ponderous and difficult to maneuver but without such a rough journey. Clive Granger

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines sail away from safe harbor catch the trade winds in your sails explore dream discover. Mark Twain

My most memorable job was on a lobster boat. I was a pretty strong kid, and they just needed someone who could haul pots on 200 ft. of line. Mark Kurlansky

To reach a port we must set sail  Sail, not tie at anchor Sail, not drift.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

I love getting the pontoon boat out, and I don’t get to do it as much anymore. If I know in two weeks or a month from now I’ve got three days off, I can start planning for that stuff, getting out there with friends and family and relaxing, just floating around and hanging out. Blake Shelton

The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use. Dom Degnon

No one will do for you what you need to do for yourself. We cannot afford to be separate. We have to see that all of us are in the same boat. Dorothy Height

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward

My parents are Vietnamese refugees; they left Vietnam after the war. They were part of the boat people, and they ended up in a refugee camp in Thailand after being on the water for three days, and I was born at that refugee camp in Thailand. Hong Chau

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination. Fitzhugh Dodson.

While scuba diving off the British Virgin Islands about 25 years ago, our boat’s anchor got stuck. I dived down to release it, but I got separated from the boat and was stranded as it sped away. I had to swim for an hour to the nearest island with all my scuba kit on before I was rescued. David Jason

To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives. Carleton Mitchell.

I was born into a household where my aunt, grandmother and mother lived their music. They all sang harmony, and by the time I was 2, I could sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat in three part harmony. Steve Miller

Ship is the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made, for somewhere deep in their oaken hearts the soul of a song is laid. Robert N. Rose

I used to work out on an island called Martha’s Vineyard. I ran a pizza oven, I caddied, I worked on a fishing boat, and life is very easy out there. It’s a vacation lifestyle all the time. Austin Stowell

On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Rumi

Forty-five years ago, when I was 18, I came to San Francisco by boat and took two weeks to get here. I had a great impression. I think San Francisco is the welcoming gate for people from Asia. Tadashi Yanai

Sail through the good days, and on bad days pick a spot of blue sky to steer toward. Richelle E. Goodrich

I bought an island in 1987. It’s in one of the lakes in Canada. I went around it in my boat and went to the real estate office and bought it. It’s the best $65,000 I’ve ever spent. My family camp on it and we have great times there. Dan Aykroyd

It’s remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living. Ernest K. Gann

I’m from New York. My grandparents were settlers of Long Island City. When they came here, there was no bridge, and they had to hire a boat across the river. They had a farm, and my grandmother had to go once a week to Manhattan to buy provisions very primitive. Iris Apfel

The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator. Edmund Gibbon

The earth is such a voluminous, sparse, wild place that has its own rhythm that human beings try to control and strategize our way around, but the truth is, if you’re out someplace like the ocean on a capsized boat, it doesn’t matter if you have academic degrees, or if you’re a martial arts ninja. Nature is a bigger force than you. Rachael Taylor

We are all born in a little port but not all of us sail the vast oceans! Majority remains in the port! Mehmet Murat Ildan

We’ve got a yawl named the Phebe, which is named for a boat in a whaling journal my father and I edited. We keep a copy of the journal on board. Nathaniel Philbrick

The ocean is this beautiful, unexplored place. Why on Earth everyone isn’t down there, I don’t know. Graham Hawkes

The feminists who are aware of the effects of patriarchy realize that we are all in the same boat from the dangers of patriarchy, and that the oppression of women is universal. Nawal El Saadawi

Without the will or desire to achieve one is like flotsam on the oceans of time. Steven Redhead

I was born into a household where my aunt, grandmother and mother lived their music. They all sang harmony, and by the time I was 2, I could sing ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ in three part harmony. Steve Miller

If you want to hear the distant voice of the ocean put your ear to the lips of a seashell. Curtis Tyrone Jones