“If you want to hear the distant voice of the ocean put your ear to the lips of a seashell.” Curtis Tyrone Jones. Here are 46 Majestic Ocean Quotes.

Ocean Quotes

1. “The sea has boundless patience.” - Craig Robertson

2. “Whenever I find myself growing grim […] I quietly take to the ship. Almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.” - Herman Melville

3. “Life is like an ocean, jump right in.” - Cliff Hannold

4. “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” - William James

5. “Find comfort in the rhythm of the sea.” - Charlotte Eriksson

6. “The sea, he thought, had treasured its memories deeper than the faithless land.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

7. “As long as I have air in my lungs, I will have the wind in my sails.” - Anthony T. Hincks

8. “All rivers pay homage to the ocean for it lies lowest.” - Jeffrey Fry

9. “The sea was like another member of the household, a recalcitrant child at times, a soothing aunt at others. She crooned them awake; she crooned them to sleep. Everywhere, there was the smell of salt.” - Hala Alyan

10. “Sea, I am like you, filled with broken voices,” - Guillaume Apollinaire

11. “The ocean was magical to her, its depths and mysteries were boundless, its call irresistible.” - Jeff Mariotte

12. “I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.” - Nikos Kazantzakis

Ocean Quotes

13. “A river starts by longing for the ocean.” - Will Advise

14. “They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all.” - D.H. Lawrence

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

16. “I wish I could describe the feeling of being at sea, the anguish, frustration, and fear, the beauty that accompanies threatening spectacles, the spiritual communion with creatures in whose domain I sail.” - Steve Callahan

17. “I have always been consumed with one desire; to touch and see as much as possible of the earth and the sea before I die.” - Nikos Kazantzakis

18. “And as the drop kissed the ocean, it became the ocean itself.” - Sw. Chidananda Tirtha

19. “And this feeling of moving with the earth was somewhat like the feeling of being in the ocean, out in the ocean beyond this rising and falling of the breakers, lying on the moving water, pulsing gently with the swells, and feeling the gentle, inexorable tug of the moon.” - Madeleine L’Engle

20. “We have the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us” - Suzanne van der Veeken

21. “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” - Mother Teresa

22. “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

23. “Those who did not know the ocean well forgot its solidity, its brutality. When it slammed into them with the force of cold metal they were appalled.” - Robert Galbraith

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

Ocean Quotes

25. “So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.” - Virginia Woolf

26. “She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.” -
Holly Black

27. “It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth, and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

28. “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

29. “If the private life of the sea could ever be transposed onto paper, it would talk not about rivers or rain or glaciers or of molecules of oxygen and hydrogen, but of the millions of encounters its waters have shared with creatures of another nature.” - Federico Chini

30. “There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it’s audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers.” - Cecelia Ahern

31. “You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself floweth in your veins.” - Thomas Traherne

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

33. “You can’t cross the ocean of life just by dreaming about it, you have to jump in and swim” - Debasish Mridha

34. “You will love the ocean. It makes you feel small, but not in a bad way. Small because you realize you’re part of something bigger.” - Lauren Myracle

35. “The most interesting feeling when watching an ocean is this: It seems like something will come from the distant horizon but actually nothing comes!” - Mehmet Murat Ildan

Ocean Quotes

36. “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of you are found all the aspects of existence.” - Kahlil Gibran Jr.

37. “Be alone with the sea for it is there you will find answers to questions you didn’t realize exist.” - Khang Kijarro Nguyen

38. “The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you.” - Beyoncé Knowles

39. “The ocean is both my mistress and my lover. How else can I explain her salty kiss that is still on my lips.” - Anthony T. Hincks

40. “Doesn’t it seem to you that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?” - Gustave Flaubert

41. “Beneath the foggy sky the glowing sea is hazy, the soft light of a scarf over a lamp.” - Melissa Barbeau

42. “It’s the sound of the sea that makes you believe in mermaids.” - Anthony T.Hincks

43. “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

44. “I felt the full breadth and depth of the ocean around the sphere of the Earth, […] the endless waves of swimming joy and quiet losses of exquisite creatures with fins and fronds, tentacles and wings, colorful and transparent, tiny and huge, coming and going. There is nothing the ocean has not seen” - Sally Andrew

45. “Only you could have won me away from the sea. I came back from the ends of the earth for you.” - George R.R. Martin

46. “I couldn’t imagine living in a state that didn’t reach the ocean. It was a giant reset button. You could go to the edge of the land and see infinity and feel renewed.” - Avery Sawyer

Best Ocean Quotes

“Waves tossed themselves against the shore, dragging grit and sand between their nails as they were slowly pulled back out to sea.”- Holly Black
“There are always waves on the water. Sometimes they are big, sometimes they are small, and sometimes they are almost imperceptible. The water’s waves are churned up by the winds, which come and go and vary in direction and intensity, just as do the winds of stress and change in our lives, which stir up the waves in our minds.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn
“There is something about the ocean that never fails to amaze me, the way she never fails to kiss the shores even though she is sent away, the way her waves can be both calm and terrifying and the way she never fails to soothe my soul.” - Tilicia Haridat

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