„O pretty ship, my memory
Isn't this far enough to sea,
And the sea not fit to drink?
Haven't we drifted far and lost
From fair dawn to dreary dusk?“
Mon beau navire ô ma mémoire
Avons-nous assez navigué
Dans une onde mauvaise à boire
Avons-nous assez divagué
De la belle aube au triste soir
"La Chanson du Mal-Aimé" (Song of the Poorly Loved), line 51; translation by William Meredith, from Francis Steegmuller Apollinaire: Poet Among the Painters (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1973) p. 95.
Mon beau navire ô ma mémoire Avons-nous assez navigué Dans une onde mauvaise à boire Avons-nous assez divagué De la belle aube au triste soir
„Far out at sea,—the sun was high,
While veer'd the wind and flapped the sail,
We saw a snow-white butterfly
Dancing before the fitful gale,
Far out at sea.“
— Richard Henry Horne English poet and critic 1802 - 1884
Genius; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 88.
— William R. Alger American clergyman and poet 1822 - 1905
"The Brief Chance Encounter", p. 196.
Poetry of the Orient, 1865 edition
— Robert Browning, Pippa Passes
Pippa Passes (1841)
„A fragrant breeze wandered up from the quiet sea, trailed along the beach, and drifted back to the sea again, wondering where to go next. On a mad impulse it went up to the beach again. It drifted back to sea.“
— Douglas Adams English writer and humorist 1952 - 2001
Fuente: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story
„Whither, O splendid ship, thy white sails crowding,
Leaning across the bosom of the urgent West,
That fearest nor sea rising, nor sky clouding,
Whither away, fair rover, and what thy quest?“
— Robert Seymour Bridges British writer 1844 - 1930
Bk. II, No. 2, A Passer-By http://www.bartleby.com/101/835.html, st. 1 (1879).
Shorter Poems (1879-1893)
„He's lost the plot, people tell me. He's drifting rudderless in the wide Sargasso Sea of New Labour's ideological vacuum.“
— Boris Johnson British politician, historian and journalist 1964
"Blair dead in the water? No such luck", Daily Telegraph, 29 April 2004, p. 24.
On Tony Blair.
„If you put Durant's brains in a thimble full of water they'd look like a ship lost in the middle of the sea.“
— Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora
Fuente: The Lies of Locke Lamora
„It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.“
— John Kenneth Galbraith, libro The Affluent Society
Fuente: The Affluent Society (1958), Chapter 11, Section IV, p. 130
„We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.“
— H.P. Lovecraft, libro La llamada de Cthulhu
Variante: We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.
Fuente: The Call of Cthulhu
„Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.“
— Edward Lear British artist, illustrator, author and poet 1812 - 1888
" The Jumblies http://www.nonsenselit.org/Lear/ns/jumblies.html", st. 1, in Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets (1871).
„I must down to the sea 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.“
— John Masefield English poet and writer 1878 - 1967
The first line is often misquoted as "I must go down to the seas again." and this is the wording used in the song setting by John Ireland. I disagree with this last point. The poet himself was recorded reading this and he definitely says "seas". The first line should read, 'I must down ...' not, 'I must go down ...' The original version of 1902 reads 'I must down to the seas again'. In later versions, the author inserted the word 'go'.
Salt-Water Ballads (1902), "Sea-Fever"
„At Flores in the Azores Sir Richard Grenville lay,
And a pinnace, like a fluttered bird, came flying from far away:
"Spanish ships of war at sea! we have sighted fifty-three!"
Then sware Lord Thomas Howard: "'Fore God I am no coward;
But I cannot meet them here, for my ships are out of gear,
And the half my men are sick. I must fly, but follow quick.
We are six ships of the line; can we fight with fifty-three?"“
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892
The Revenge (1878)
„The mountain rill
Seeks with no surer flow the far bright sea,
Than my unchang'd affections flow to thee.“
— Park Benjamin, Sr. American journalist 1809 - 1864
To One Beloved.
— Rabindranath Tagore Bengali polymath 1861 - 1941
— Mike Oldfield English musician, multi-instrumentalist 1953
Song lyrics, The Millennium Bell (1999)
— KT Tunstall Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist 1975
"Other Side of the World".
Eye to the Telescope (2004)
„Moons waxed and waned, the lilacs bloomed and died,
In the broad river ebbed and flowed the tide,
Ships went to sea, and ships came home from sea,
And the slow years sailed by and ceased to be.“
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow American poet 1807 - 1882
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
— Arthur Schopenhauer, libro Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life
E. Payne, trans. (1974) Vol. 1, p. 347
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life