Compass Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old compass quotes, compass sayings, and compass proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Though pleas'd to see the dolphins play, I mind my compass and my way.

Matthew Green

Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense.

James Agee

On the ocean of life let your mind be the ship and your heart be the compass.

James David Manning

Life is a voyage that's homeward bound. Stay on the right path. He that has patience may compass anything.

François Duc De La Rochefoucauld

Your inner knowing is your only true compass.

Joy Page

Every man has to learn the points of the compass again as often as he awakes, whether from sleep or any abstraction.     

Henry David Thoreau

No compass has ever been invented for the high seas of matrimony.     

Heinrich Heine

We are asleep with compasses in our hands.

W. S. Merwin

A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.

Sir Walter Scott

I don’t need a compass to tell me which way the wind shines!

Ben Stiller

Life is not a chain of events but an area, something spreading out from a hidden centre and welling at once toward all points of the compass.

Stephen Graham

Above all things, the plainsmen had to have in instinct for direction. I never had a compass in my life, but I was never lost.     

Charles Goodnight

In this world, you’ve a soul for a compass and a heart for a pair of wings.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Ask to know what you are born to do. Follow the compass of joy.

Barbara Marx Hubbard

The line that describes the beautiful is elliptical. It has simplicity and constant change. It cannot be described by a compass, and it changes direction at every one of its points.

Rudolf Arnheim

My heart is a compass, and it always leads me back to you.

A. Zavarelli

When a man has no design but to speak plain truth, he may say a great deal in a very narrow compass.

Richard Steele

Show not what has been done, but what can be. How beautiful the world would be if there were a procedure for moving through labyrinths.     

Umberto Eco

Then, my queen, in silence sad trip we after night's shade. We the globe can compass soon, swifter than the wand'ring moon.

William Shakespeare

So let your heart, sweetheart, be your compass when you’re lost, and you should follow it wherever it may go.     

Lady Antebellum

The compass of accurate knowledge directs the shortest, safest, cheapest course to any destination.     

Claude C. Hopkins

Listen to the compass of your heart. All you need lies within you.

Mary Anne Radmacher

You don't throw a compass overboard because the ocean is calm.

Matshona Dhliwayo

I am free to wander. Heading in the right direction. Not all those who wander are lost.     

J.R.R Tolkien

Desire sets our compass, but real life steers our course.

Mitch Albom

Most times, the worst of situations can become a compass to the best of situations.     

Ikechukwu Izuakor

A highly developed values system is like a compass. It serves as a guide to point you in the right direction when you are lost.

Idowu Koyenikan

We only part to meet again. Change, as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be. The faithful compass that still points to thee.

John Gay

Let your heart be your compass, your mind your map, your soul your guide and you will never get lost.

Ritu Ghatourey

Whatever happens here, trust your heart. It's as true as any compass.

Dean Koontz