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Boating is the leisurely activity of traveling by boat, or the recreational use of a boat whether powerboats, sailboats, or man-powered vessels (such as rowing and paddle boats), focused on the travel itself, as well as sports activities, such as fishing or water skiing. It is a popular activity, and there are millions of boaters worldwide.


  • Row, row, row your boat,
    Gently down the stream.
    Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
    Life is but a dream.
  • Like the watermen that row one way and look another.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Democritus to the Reader.
  • All in the golden afternoon
    Full leisurely we glide;

    For both our oars, with little skill,
    By little arms are plied,
    While little hands make vain pretense
    Our wanderings to guide.
  • And all the way, to guide their chime,
    With falling oars they kept the time.
  • Learn of the little nautilus to sail,
    Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 74-75.
  • Oh, swiftly glides the bonnie boat,
    Just parted from the shore,
    And to the fisher's chorus-note,
    Soft moves the dipping oar!
  • But oars alone can ne'er prevail
    To reach the distant coast;
    The breath of Heaven must swell the sail,
    Or all the toil is lost.
  • We lie and listen to the hissing waves,
    Wherein our boat seems sharpening its keel,
    Which on the sea's face all unthankful graves
    An arrowed scratch as with a tool of steel.
    • John Davidson, In a Music-Hall and Other Poems, For Lovers, line 17.
  • The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea-green boat.
  • Like the watermen who advance forward while they look backward.
  • Faintly as tolls the evening chime,
    Our voices keep tune and our oars keep time,
    Soon as the woods on shore look dim,
    We'll sing at St. Ann's our parting hymn;
    Row, brothers, row, the stream runs fast,
    The rapids are near and the daylight's past!
  • Gracefully, gracefully glides our bark
    On the bosom of Father Thames,
    And before her bows the wavelets dark
    Break into a thousand gems.
  • Like watermen who look astern while they row the boat ahead.
    • Plutarch, Whether 'twas rightfully said, Live concealed.
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