Island Sayings and Quotes

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

I feel we are all islands - in a common sea.     

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.     

John Donne

How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.     

Albert Einstein

Knowledge is an island surrounded by a sea of mystery.     

Chet Raymo

Your life is an island separated from all other islands and continents. Regardless of how many boats you send to other shores or how many ships arrive upon your shores, you yourself are an island separated by its own pains, secluded in its happiness     

Khalil Gibran

Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.     

Richard Burton

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.     

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Islands are reminders of arrivals and departures.     

Gretel Ehrlich

The brain is an island in an osmotically homogeneous sea.     

Francis Daniels Moore

Islands are gregarious animals, they decorate the ocean in conveys.     

Stella Benson

The wise man makes an island of himself that no flood can overwhelm.     

Gautama Buddha

What is the good of being an island, if you are not a volcanic island?     

Wyndham Lewis

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.      

Ralf W. Sockman

Islands are metaphors of the heart, no matter what poet says otherwise.     

Jeanette Winterson

We cannot have islands of excellence in a sea of slovenly indifference to standards.     

John W. Gardner

Small islands of coherence in a sea of chaos can shift the whole system to a higher order.     

Barbara Marx Hubbard

Each man is an island unto himself. But though a sea of difference may divide us, an entire world of commonality lies beneath.     

James Rozoff

Islands are havens and breeding grounds for the unique and anomalous. They are natural laboratories of extravagant evolutionary experimentation.     

David Quammen

Make an island of yourself, make yourself your refuge; there is no other refuge. Make truth your island, make truth your refuge; there is no other refuge.     


Man is like an island set in isolation in a fathomless sea enveloped by darkness, saying that the loneliness his self knows is so utterly absolute because even he knows not his self completely.     

Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas

No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.     

Denis Waitley

Islands are natural workshops of evolution.     

Richard Dawkins

Every island to a child is a treasure island.     

P. D. James

The fact is, we are not islands and we are far more connected than we know.     


All men are islands, surrounded by the bottomless oceans of unthinking night.     

Charles Stross

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.     

William James

No man is an island. You can ask people for help and they can ask for your help in return.     

Mr Hudson

Best of an island is once you get there - you can't go any've come to the end of things.     

Agatha Christie

Everyone knew that all islands were worlds unto themselves, that to come to an island was to come to another world.     

Guy Gavriel Kay