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10 of Martide's Favorite Quotes About Seafarers

10 of Martide's Favorite Quotes About Seafarers

Eve Jones

Well it’s our very last blog post of the year, so we thought what better than to celebrate the very people that keep our maritime industry moving through their sheer determination and hard work: seafarers.

If you read and enjoyed our post of a couple of days ago about our 10 favorite quotes about the sea, we hope you’ll enjoy this post which contains just some of our favorite quotes by and about seafarers, seamen, mariners and sailors.

10 of Martide’s favorite quotes about seafarers


“A sailor is not defined as much by how many seas he has sailed than by how many storms he has overcome.”
- Matshona Dhliwayo

“The strongest storms make the best sailors. The strongest games make the best players. Tougher challenges make the best leaders.”
- Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts

storm in a harbour with high waves and small boat


“Take charge of your life! The tides do not command the ship. The sailor does.”
- Ogwo David Emenike

“The good seaman weathers the storm he cannot avoid, and avoids the storm he cannot weather.”
- Unknown

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
- William Arthur Ward

“Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.”
- Sir Francis Chichester

cup of rum with a slice of lime in it next to a wooden coaster with Rum Bar etched on it

“The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance.”
- Annie Van De Wiele

"He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles."
- Walter Scott

"It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage."
- George William Curtis

"Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time."
- Joseph Conrad

view looking up into a tall ship's white sails and rigging

Now all that’s left for us to do is to wish all of our clients and seafarers a very happy, prosperous and safe 2020. Happy New Year!