122+ 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

Let your dreams set sail. — Unknown

…this beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the lake under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath… ― Gary Paulsen

Do not put each foot in a different boat.

A rising tide doesn’t raise people who don’t have a boat. We have to build the boat for them. We have to give them the basic infrastructure to rise with the tide. ― Rahul Gandhi

… and the Baudelaire orphans climbed aboard, turning the tables of their lives and breaking their unfortunate cycle for the very first time. ― Lemony Snicket

I don’t need therapy, I just need my boat.

A boat at midnight sent alone to drift upon the moonless sea, a lute, whose leading chord is gone, a wounded bird, that hath but one imperfect wing to soar upon, are like what I am, without thee. ― Thomas Moore

A boat can’t have two captains. ― Akira Mori

A boat is the hardest think I know of to put into perspective. It is so much like a human figure, there is something alive about it. ― Barry S Strauss

A boat may stay in water, but water should not stay in boat. A spiritual aspirant may live in the world, but the world should not live within him. ― Ramakrishna

A boat without captain cannot remain long on the surface! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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A boat, for all its complexity, is in fact a version of simplicity, but of a satisfyingly complex kind. Get to know the hundreds of ways in which a boat-at-sea works and you become its master and commander. A boat provides control in what looks like uncontrollable circumstances. It is the mirror image of the realities of life on land, which look easier but are, psychologically, far more difficult, more subtle, less visible, and less predictable. The boat, in other words, is the haven from the storms at home. And because a boat’s workings are a mystery, in the old sense that it is an arcane art, with its own equipment and vocabulary, its nostrums and obscurities from which the vulgar are excluded, it is also a source of potency and seduction. ― Adam Nicolson

A film is a boat which is always on the point of sinking-it always tends to break up as you go along and drag you under with it. ― Francois Truffaut

A native man in his small wooden boat was hoping to make one last sale. He held up a woodcarving of a Haitian drummer and shouted up that I could have it for only $10. I wasn’t really interested and was ready to walk away when I heard him offer it again, this time for $5. Looking at an approaching police boat, I agreed to the deal, and lowered my $5 down to him in a bucket. He ignored the cops, who were ordering him away from the ship using a megaphone, and tied the carving onto the lanyard that, just before, had a bucket attached to it. The police warned him once more, to back away from the ship, but the deal was more important to him. Just as I pulled on the lanyard, I heard a shot go off. It took several moments for me to comprehend what had happened. The cop had shot the man I was bartering with! I could see that it hadn’t been a warning shot as blood came from an obvious wound right between his eyes! I continued pulling my carving up and over the railing. Looking down I saw the patrol boat heading back to shore. The poor vendor was floating face down, alongside his boat. As the ship started to pull away, I saw that he was adrift in a growing pool of blood, which was spreading out around him. Life was cheap here and I realized that the old woman’s prediction had come true. I had seen death before leaving Haiti! ― Captain Hank Bracker

A sailboat that sails backwards can never see the sun rise. ― Bill Cosby

A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for. — Albert Einstein

A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range, and mount the most powerful guns. ― Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Ahoy, mate. — Unknown

Are you watching the boats? Cornelia guessed. She craned her neck to see if there was any excitement on the river.

Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not. ― James Taylor

Boat hair don’t care. — Unknown

Boat is nothing without water and man without his dreams! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Boating, my dear Mrs. Bedel, is the dullest of all things; don’t you think so? Because a boat looks very pretty from the shore, we fancy that the shore must look very pretty from a boat; and when we try it, we find we have only got down into a pit and can see nothing rightly. For my part, I hate boating and I hate the water… ― Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

But in the Gulf you got time. And I’m figuring all the time. I’ve got to think right all the time. I can’t make a mistake. Not a mistake. Not once. Well, I got something to think about now all right. Something to do and something to think about besides wondering what the hell’s going to happen. Besides wondering what’s going to happen to the whole damn thing. ― Ernest Hemingway

For someone who likes to get around as much as I do, I really travel quite badly. Planes frighten me, boats bore me, trains make me dirty, cars make me car sick. And practically nothing can equal the critical dismay with which I first greet the sight of new places. ― Elaine Dundy

But faith is not necessarily, or not soon, a resting place. Faith puts you out on a wide river in a boat, in the fog, in the dark. Even a man of faith knows that (as Burley Coulter used to say) we’ve all got to go through enough to kill us. ― Wendell Berry

Short Boat Quotes

Boats in the harbor are safe but that is not what they are meant for. ― Zig Ziglar

Consider, O Lord, how You sit atop the sky; like a man in a glass bottom boat. Consider sky elsewhere; worn thin as a mattress. ― Cecilia Llompart

For the ocean is big and my boat is small. Find the courage. ― Alanis Morissette

Good vibes happen on the tides. — Unknown

Heavens no, I’m spying on people, Virginia responded unrepentantly.

Here, Fridays were dedicated to the two Bs–Beach and Boats. ― Laura Miller

How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whisky? Do they cry? ― Sebastian Junger

I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me.

I would describe the size and style of our vessel, but I don’t know anything about sailing, so I’m trusting you to picture a boat. ― Anna Kendrick

If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most. A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble.

If the boat started shaking, we stayed on course and didn’t lose focus. That made the difference. ― Sebastian Vettel

If the military boats that patrol the waters spot them, they risk being shot. However, if they are seen by any infected, it could mean a relentless siege upon their temporary shelter. ― Jason Medina

If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me. One day I’ll know, if I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go. — Moana

If you boat a lot, you’re known as a boating enthusiast. I like to boat, but I just don’t want to ever be referred to as a boating enthusiast. I hope they call me a guy who likes to boat. ― Mitch Hedberg

Life is better on the boat. — Unknown

Life without a defined purpose is similar to a boat without a crew in the middle of the ocean. ― Debasish Mridha

I’m great at boats! ― Matt Fraction

I’m on a boat. Everybody looks at me, ’cause I’m sailing on a boat. — The Lonely Island, I’m On A Boat

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

It takes just one wave to capsize a boat, and one more to take it down. ― Federico Chin

famous boat quotes

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 like big boats and I cannot lie. — Unknown

Inspirational Boat Quotes

I couldn’t help wondering where porpoises had learned this game of running on the bows of ships. Porpoises have been swimming in the oceans for seven to ten million years, but they’ve had human ships to play with for only the last few thousand. Yet nearly all porpoises, in every ocean, catch rides for fun from passing ships; and they were doing it on the bows of Greek triremes and prehistoric Tahitian canoes, as soon as those SeaCraft appeared. What did they do for fun before ships were invented? Ken Norris made a field observation one day that suggests the answer. He saw a humpback whale hurrying along the coast of the island of Hawaii, unavoidably making a wave in front of itself; playing in that bow wave was a flock of bottlenose porpoises. The whale didn’t seem to be enjoying it much: Ken said it looked like a horse being bothered by flies around its head; however, there was nothing much the whale could do about it, and the porpoises were having a fun time. ― Karen Pryor

I feel there is something almost sacred about building a boat … It is almost like creating a living being, a boat seems to have a soul and character all her own … It requires more thought to give a boat a good name than it does a child. ― John Guzzwell

I had no fear of the stream’s perils, and I listened with the greatest contentment to the quiet slap of water on rocks, the running whisper of the current, and the taps and creaks and croaks that rose with the mist around me. Overhead swing the glittering stars, and the bright moon shone down and lit the curling ripples of the water. At no time in my life had I been in greater danger from the elements, and yet if I learned that heaven is such as that night was, I should deem it a joy worth the dying. ― Clare B. Dunkle

I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. 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

encouraging boat quotes

Keeping it reel. — Unknown

La vela […], recogida, parecía el estandarte de una eterna derrota. ― Ernest Hemingway

Let’s get nauti. — Unknown

Listen, Miss, boats are supposed to float. Even if they break up, they usually still float and show up on a shore somewhere. There have been no reports of wreckage or abandoned boats. At this point, no news is still good news. Don’t worry. It’s too early to worry. ― Cathy Ostlere

To a boat-house on the sea-shore, looks with care upon the fish-hooks, and the lines he well considers; lines, and hooks, and poles, arid fish-nets, places in a boat of copper. — Elias Lönnrot

Ocean air, salty hair. — Unknown

Paradise found. — Unknown

People come and people go. The boats are assembled in a row. When will I be a boat out in the Sea? When will I see the unseen? ― Suyasha Subedi

Reaction a boat which is going against the current, but which does not prevent the river from flowing on. ― Victor Hugo

Rosencrantz: We might as well be dead. Do you think death could possibly be a boat? Guildenstern: No, no, no… Death is…not. Death isn’t. You take my meaning. Death is the ultimate negative. Not-being. You can’t not-be on a boat. Rosencrantz: I’ve frequently not been on boats. Guildenstern: No, no, no–what you’ve been is not on boats. ― Tom Stoppard

Running a boat isn’t that hard. Just takes doing. Most or all women I ever knew were discouraged from running boats, but it was too late with me. ― Diane Wilson

Wherever they drive the boat. To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, but life without meaning is the torture of restlessness and vague desire — it is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid. ― Edgar Lee Masters

Sail, not drift. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

A boat came in; the cliff was baked; the noisy boat-chain fell and clanked on the sand-an iron rattle-snake, a rattling rust among the plankton. — Boris Pasternak

Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be. — Christopher Cross

Seas the day. — Unknown

Shells sink, dreams float. Life’s good on our boat. — Jimmy Buffett

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 Buffet

Some mate, Karl Framm said with contempt. Hell, that little stern-wheeler we’re chasin’ don’t draw nothin’. After a good rain, she could steam halfway across the city of N’Orleans without ever noticin’ that she’d left the river. ― George R.R. Martin

Boat Quotes About Life and Love

Never mind the company; only keep afloat. You can’t be too particular who’s mannin’ of the boat. ― Clarence Michael

Sometimes people leave us because staying becomes an impossibility. Because the world just gets too small. Or, sometimes, because there is just one boat, and too many hands. …Because maybe, life can be a bit bigger than it exists today. And because, somewhere else, there may be another boat. ― Collier Lumpkin

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

Sunshine on my mind. — Unknown

A boat approach’d the wall, and eager to the welcome aid they crowd for safety all. — Robert Southey

Take time to coast. — Unknown

The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that’s not the aim of boats. ― Paulo Coelho

The sea’s rising, the boat must be lightened. ― Alfred Noyes

The boats outside the window were always still I wondered if one of them would take me to the ocean. ― Yoko Ono

The first sailors didn’t sail in friendships…they sailed in warships. ― Anthony T. Hincks

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

The love boat has crashed against the everyday. ― Vladimir Mayakovsky

The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure thing boat never gets far from shore. ― Dale Carnegie

greatest boat quotes

The ocean is everything I want to be. Beautiful, mysterious, wild, and free. — Unknown

the presence of an old salt aboard the Elizabeth Seaman was profoundly reassuring. Iron men in wooden boats, they were called, as opposed to the wooden men in iron boats of today, like Kittredge, Farmingdale, and Eddie himself. Old salts partook of an origin myth, being close to the root of all things, including language. Eddie had never noticed how much of his own speech derived from the sea, from keeled over to learning the ropes to catching the drift to freeloader to gripe to brace up to taken aback to leeway to low profile to the bitter end, or the very last link on a chain. Using these expressions in a practical way made him feel close to something fundamental—a deeper truth whose contours he believed he’d sensed, allegorically, even while still on land. Being at sea had brought Eddie nearer that truth. And the old salts were nearer still. ― Jennifer Egan

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

The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat. ― Jacques Yves Cousteau

The sea. ― Gary Paulsen

The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever. — Unknown

Adrift! A little boat adrift! And night is coming down! Will no one guide a little boat unto the nearest town? — Emily Dickinson

The Tourist Office would put it back up again before somebody noticed and didn’t come to Deanna for a holiday on the white sandy beaches, where they could watch little marsupial Braking Dolphins swimming backwards through the tour boats’ propeller in the strong current, or to blow up Cocka Snoek in the Whatoosie River with a little help from the Skeggs Valley Dynamite Fishing Club. ― Christina Engela

The walk to school was as long and treacherous as every other day. There was a humming in the restless summer air, and the boy of silver planes and ivory lines ducked his head and would rather listen to the secrets hidden inside the cracks of the pavement than watch how the clouds would sink into the ocean like boats. ― Grace Curley

There are a lot of mysterious things about boats, such as why anyone would get on one voluntarily. ― P. J. O’Rourke

There is joy at the end of every struggle we face. But you can never cross over and get there with the boats of complains. Complainer is only an explainer of pain! Take action! ― Israelmore Ayivor

There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman. There is not even a rope to tow the boat, and no one to pull it. There is no earth, no sky, no time, nothing, no shore, no ford! ― Kabir

There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea. ― Joseph Conrad

There isn’t no call to go talking of pushing and pulling. Boats are quite tricky enough for those that sit still without looking for further for the cause of trouble. ― J.R.R. Tolkien

There was a great difference in boats, of course. For a long time, I was on a boat that was so slow we used to forget what year it was we left port in. ― Mark Twain

There’s nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing as messing about in boats. ― Kenneth Grahame

Thing about boats is, you can always sell them if you don’t like them. Can’t sell kids. ― Lin Pardey

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

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

To reach a port we must set sail. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

I want a boat that drinks six, eats four, and sleeps two. ― Ernest K. Gann

Vessels large may venture more, but little boats should keep near shore. ― Benjamin Franklin

Water in the boat is the ruin of the boat, but water under the boat is its support. — Rumi

There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship. At that time you can be equal to Ulysses and brother to him. ― Errol Flynn

We [artists] aren’t people, not the way most people are. We’re just…carriers. Little boats bringing goods from foreign lands. ― Sam Starbuck

We all came in on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now ― Martin Luther King Jr

We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. ― G. K. Chesterton

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came. — John F. Kennedy

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever floats your boat. — Unknown

Boats, like whiskey, are all good. ― R. D. Culler

What’s around the river bend? Waiting just around the river bend. — Pocahontas

It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better. — Sir Francis Drake

When a big ship and a small boat come together, you will see that the latter is happier than the former because it has much less problems! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

When the water is calm, take as much distance as possible with your boat! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Where one waits for that peremptory, half-melancholy, half-majestic sound of a ship blowing as she silently glides out black in the night, almost through the pub yard, from the dock’s basin on her voyage. ― V.S. Pritchett

White-crested waves crash on the shore. The masts sway violently, every which way. In the gray sky the gulls are circling like white flakes. Rain squalls blow past like gray slanting sails, and blue gaps open in the sky. The air brightens. A cold silvery evening. The moon is overhead, and down below, in the water; and all around it-a wide frame of old, hammered, scaly silver. Etched on the silver-silent black fishing boats, tiny black needles of masts, little black men casting invisible lines into the silver. And the only sounds are the occasional plashing of an oar, the creaking of an oarlock, the springlike leap and flip-flop of a fish. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

The ocean has always been a salve to my soul…the best thing for a cut or abrasion was to go swimming in salt water. Later down the road of life, I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land. ― Jimmy Buffett

You have to understand the sea, he said, to listen to her, to look out for her moods, to get to know her and respect her and love her. Only then can you build boats that feel at home on the sea. ― Michael Morpurgo

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