Boat Sayings and Quotes

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

Life without a defined purpose is similar to a boat without a crew in the middle of the ocean.     

Debasish Mridha

Water in the boat is the ruin of the boat, but water under the boat is its support.     


Boat is nothing without water and man without his dreams!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

A sail boat that sails backwards can never see the sun rise.     

Bill Cosby

The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.     

Ernest Hemingway

Being on a boat that's moving through the water, it's so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what's important and what's not.     

James Taylor

Thoughts will change and shift just like the wind and the water when you're on the boat; thoughts are no different than anything else.     

Jeff Bridges

The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.     

John Rousmaniere

A boat may stay in water, but water should not stay in boat. A spiritual aspirant may live in the world, but the world should not live within him.     


We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

There was a great difference in boats, of course. For a long time I was on a boat that was so slow we used to forget what year it was we left port in.     

Mark Twain

If you boat a lot, you're known as a boating enthusiast. I like to boat, but I just don't want to ever be referred to as a boating enthusiast. I hope they call me a guy who likes to boat.     

Mitch Hedberg

A film is a boat which is always on the point of sinking-it always tends to break up as you go along and drag you under with it.     

Francois Truffaut

For the ocean is big and my boat is small. Find the courage.     

Alanis Morissette

The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure thing boat never gets far from shore.     

Dale Carnegie

A boat without captain cannot remain long on the surface!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.     

Joseph Conrad

A boat at midnight sent alone to drift upon the moonless sea, a lute, whose leading chord is gone, a wounded bird, that hath but one imperfect wing to soar upon, are like what I am, without thee.     

Thomas Moore

The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.     

Jacques Yves Cousteau

There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman. There is not even a rope to tow the boat, and no one to pull it. There is no earth, no sky, no time, no thing, no shore, no ford!     


When you get on the boat that's saving you, don't pull up the ladder behind you.     

Adrienne Clarkson

We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.     

G. K. Chesterton

This boat that we just built is just fine and don't try to tell us it's not the sides and the back are divine it's the bottom I guess we forgot.     

Shel Silverstein

A boat is the hardest think I know of to put into perspective. It is so much like a human figure, there is something alive about it.     

Barry S Strauss

The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that's not the aim of boats.     

Paulo Coelho

If the boat started shaking, we stayed on course and didn't lose focus. That made the difference.     

Sebastian Vettel

Running a boat isn't that hard. Just takes doing. Most or all women I ever knew were discouraged from running boats, but it was too late with me.     

Diane Wilson

When the water is calm, take as much distance as possible with your boat!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

The boats outside the window were always still I wondered if one of them would take me to the ocean.     

Yoko Ono

It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.     

George William Curtis