- Θάλαττα! θάλαττα!
- I tell you naught for your comfort,
Yea, naught for your desire,
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.
- Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide wide sea!
And never a saint took pity on
My soul in agony.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
- A singular disadvantage of the sea lies in the fact that after successfully surmounting one wave you discover that there is another behind it just as important and just as nervously anxious to do something effective in the way of swamping boats.
- All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place where the rivers come, thither they return again.
- We have fed our sea for a thousand years
And she calls us, still unfed,
Though there's never a wave of all her waves
But marks our English dead.
- Rudyard KiplingThe Song of the Dead, II, Stanza 1 (1896).
- It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.
- But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.
- H.P. Lovecraft, "The White Ship"
- I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.
- John Masefield, Sea-Fever
- All that is told of the sea has a fabulous sound to an inhabitant of the land, and all its products have a certain fabulous quality, as if they belonged to another planet, from seaweed to a sailor’s yarn, or a fish story. In this element the animal and vegetable kingdoms meet and are strangely mingled.
- Beware of the Sea! If thou hearest the cry of the gull on the shore, Thy heart shall then rest in the forest no more.
- Behold, the sea itself
- Walt Whitman, Song of the Exposition