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Pirates are sea rogues who sail the oceans and often attack other ships in order to steal valuables aboard the victim's vessel or vessels.


  • It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.
    • Steve Jobs, at a retreat in September 1982, as quoted in John Sculley and John A. Byrne, Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple – A Journey of Adventure, Ideas, and the Future (1987), p. 157
    • Variant: Why join the Navy . . . if you can be a pirate?
      • As quoted or paraphrased in Young Guns: The Fearless Entrepreneur's Guide to Chasing Your Dreams and Breaking Out on Your Own (2009) by Robert Tuchman, p. 18
  • Our prize is won, our chase is o’er,
    Turn the vessel to the shore.
    Place yon rock, so that the wind,
    Like a prisoner, howl behind ;
    Which is darkest—wave, or cloud ?
    One a grave, and one a shroud.
    • [Letitia Elizabeth Landon]], Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1832 (1831), 'The Pirate’s Song off the Tiger Island'
  • Merchant and pirate were for a long period one and the same person. Even today mercantile morality is really nothing but a refinement of piratical morality.
  • Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
    • Mark Twain, in "Old Times on the Mississippi" in The Atlantic Monthly (January 1875)

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