Quotes about the sea

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Jimi Hendrix photo

„Castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually“

—  Jimi Hendrix American musician, singer and songwriter 1942 - 1970

Castles Made Of Sand
Song lyrics, Axis: Bold as Love (1967)

Joseph Conrad photo

„The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.“

—  Joseph Conrad, book The Mirror of the Sea

Source: The Mirror of the Sea (1906), Ch. 35
Context: For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed to feel for it, for all the celebrations it had been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.

George Burns photo

„When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.“

—  George Burns American comedian, actor, and writer 1896 - 1996

Saddam Hussein photo

„Palestine is Arab and must be liberated from the river to the sea and all the Zionists who emigrated to the land of Palestine must leave.“

—  Saddam Hussein Iraqi politician and President 1937 - 2006

On Iraqi Television, May 30, 2001; quoted in Robert Wistrich, Muslim Anti-Semitism: A Clear and Present Danger(2002), page 43.

Eugène Boudin photo

„I dare not think of the sun-drenched beaches and the stormy skies, and of the joy of painting them in the sea breezes.“

—  Eugène Boudin French painter 1824 - 1898

Quote in a letter, from Paris 14 June 1869, to family-friend Ferdinand Martin; as cited by Colin B. Bailey in The Annenberg Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-impressionism, publisher, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2009, p. 7
Boudin felt himself detained in the big city Paris and longed fort the beach
1850s - 1870s

Emperor Gaozu of Han photo

„A great wind came forth, the clouds rose on high.
Now that my might rules all within the seas, I have returned to my old village.
Where will I find brave men to guard the four corners of my land?“

—  Emperor Gaozu of Han founding emperor of the Han Dynasty (256 BC - 195 BC) -256 - -195 BC

Translated by Burton Watson
大風歌 Song of the Great Wind
Original: (zh_Hant) 大風起兮雲飛揚,
威加海內兮歸故鄉,
安得猛士兮守四方。

Edgar Allan Poe photo

„I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love —
I and my Annabel Lee —“

—  Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee

St. 2.
Annabel Lee (1849)
Context: I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love —
I and my Annabel Lee —
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

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Edgar Allan Poe photo

„It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee; —“

—  Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee

St. 1.
Annabel Lee (1849)
Context: It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee; —
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

Chester W. Nimitz photo
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Billie Eilish photo

„When I was older
I was a sailor
On an open sea
But now I'm underwater
And my skin is paler
Than it should ever be“

—  Billie Eilish American singer-songwriter 2001

When I Was Older, Music Inspired by the Film Roma (9 January 2019)
Singles (2017 - )

Augustus photo

„He took a beating twice at sea, And threw two fleets away. So now to achieve one victory, He tosses dice all day.“

—  Augustus founder of Julio-Claudian dynasty and first emperor of the Roman Empire -63 - 14 BC

Postquam bis classe victus naves perdidit, Aliquando ut vincat, ludit assidue aleam.
A popular rhyme at the time of the Sicilian war, mocking Augustus' habit of playing dice; in Suetonius, Divus Augustus, paragraph 70. Translation: Robert Graves, 1957.

E.E. Cummings photo

„as small as a world and as large as alone
For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea“

—  E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962

Variant: For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.
Source: 100 Selected Poems

Cassandra Clare photo

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