Oceans are major bodies of saline water, and the principal component of the hydrosphere. Approximately 71% of the Earth's surface (~3.6×108 km2) is covered by ocean, a continuous body of water that is customarily divided into several principal oceans and smaller seas.
- You know, the ocean’s the biggest damned snowflake ever? It rolls and swells a thousand shapes and colors, no two alike.
- Ray Bradbury, The Fog Horn (1951).
- That make the meadows green; and, poured round all,
Old Ocean's gray and melancholy waste,—
Are but the solemn decorations all
Of the great tomb of man.
- William Cullen Bryant, Thanatopsis (1817-1821), line 43.
- Once more upon the waters! yet once more!
And the waves bound beneath me as a steed
That knows his rider.
- Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean—roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin—his control
Stops with the shore.
- Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow,
Such as Creation's dawn beheld, thou rollest now.
- The image of Eternity—the throne
Of the Invisible; even from out thy slime
The monsters of the deep are made; each zone
Obeys thee; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone.
- And I have loved thee, Ocean! and my joy
Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be
Borne, like thy bubbles, onward; from a boy
I wanton'd with thy breakers.
* * * * * *
And laid my hand upon thy mane—as I do here.
- There's not a sea the passenger e'er pukes in,
Turns up more dangerous breakers than the Euxine.
- Vieil océan, tu es le symbole de l'identité: toujours égal à toi-même. Tu ne varies pas d'une manière essentielle, et, si tes vagues sont quelque part en furie, plus loin, dans quelque autre zone, elles sont dans le calme le plus complet.
- 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"
- He laid his hand upon "the Ocean's mane,"
And played familiar with his hoary locks.
- Robert Pollok, The Course of Time (1827), Book IV, line 689.
- The ocean and the wind and the stars and the moon will all teach you many things.
- Jane Roberts, Emir's Education In The Proper Use of Magical Powers (1979) p. 10.
- Ocean into tempest wrought,
To waft a feather, or to drown a fly.
- Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night I, line 153.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 554-57.
- Alone I walked on the ocean strand,
A pearly shell was in my hand;
I stooped, and wrote upon the sand
My name, the year, the day.
As onward from the spot I passed,
One lingering look behind I cast,
A wave came rolling high and fast,
And washed my lines away.
- Hannah Flagg Gould, A Name in the Sand.
- Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear.
- Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard, Stanza 14. Original found in a poem by Cardinal Barberini.
- Quoth the Ocean, "Dawn! O fairest, clearest,
Touch me with thy golden fingers bland;
For I have no smile till thou appearest
For the lovely land."
- Jean Ingelow, Winstanley (1880), The Apology.
- He maketh the deep to boil like a pot.
- Job. XLI. 31.
- Past are three summers since she first beheld
The ocean; all around the child await
Some exclamation of amazement here:
She coldly said, her long-lasht eyes abased,
Is this the mighty ocean? is this all?
- Walter Savage Landor, Gebir, Book V.
- But I have sinuous shells of pearly hue;
* * * * *
Shake one, and it awakens; then apply
Its polished lips to your attentive ear,
And it remembers its august abodes,
And murmurs as the ocean murmurs there.
- Walter Savage Landor, Gebir, Book V.
- The land is dearer for the sea,
The ocean for the shore.
- Lucy Larcom, On the Beach, Stanza 11.
- Distinct as the billows, yet one as the sea.
- James Montgomery, The Ocean, Stanza 6.
- And Thou, vast Ocean! on whose awful face
Time's iron feet can print no ruin trace.
- Robert Montgomery, The Omnipresence of the Deity, Part I, Stanza 20.
- Deep calleth unto deep.
- Psalms. XLII. 7..
- A life on the ocean wave!
A home on the rolling deep;
Where the scattered waters rave,
And the winds their revels keep!
- Epes Sargent, Life on the Ocean Wave.
- The always wind-obeying deep.
- William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Act I, scene 1, line 64.
- Thou wert before the Continents, before
The hollow heavens, which like another sea
Encircles them and thee, but whence thou wert,
And when thou wast created, is not known,
Antiquity was young when thou wast old.
- Richard Henry Stoddard, Hymn to the Sea, line 104.
- We follow and race
In shifting chase,
Over the boundless ocean-space!
Who hath beheld when the race begun?
Who shall behold it run?
- Bayard Taylor, The Waves.
- I send thee a shell from the ocean-beach;
But listen thou well, for my shell hath speech.
Hold to thine ear
And plain thou'lt hear
Tales of ships.
- Charles H. Webb, With a Nantucket Shell.
- Rocked in the cradle of the deep,
I lay me down in peace to sleep.
- Emma Willard, The Cradle of the Deep.
- In chambers deep,
Where waters sleep,
What unknown treasures pave the floor.
- Edward Young, Ocean, Stanza 24.
- A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean.
- Zhuangzi (c. 369-286 BC) : Of a person who has limited life experience and hence world view