Pirate Sayings and Quotes

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


There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island.     

Walt Disney

Even pirates, before they attack another ship, hoist a black flag.     

Bela Kiraly

When a pirate grows rich enough, they make him a prince.     

George R R Martin

Let's jump on board, and cut them to pieces.     

Johnson 81

If the pirate with a scarf had been more poetically minded he'd have thought that her eyes were like a thousand emeralds, glittering in a far-off pirate treasure chest. But he wasn't, so he just thought that she had really really green eyes, a bit like seaweed.     

Gideon Defoe

There's very little admirable about being a pirate. There's very little functional about a pirate. There's very little real about a pirate.     

Will Oldham

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.     

James Russell Lowell

Merchant and pirate were for a long period one and the same person. Even today mercantile morality is really nothing but a refinement of piratical morality.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean.     

Thomas Jefferson

I think pirates, like astronauts, particularly for a boy, are always kind of worth thinking about.     

Daniel Handler

It is when pirates count their booty that they become mere thieves.     

William Bolitho

But the pirates never showed, and the slaves found themselves trapped on a narrow peninsula. (Lesson: never trust pirates.)     

Erik Sass

It's funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating.     

Jack Handey

Drinking rum before 10 am makes you a pirate, not an alcoholic.     

Earl Dibbles Jr.

Every generation welcomes the pirates from the last.     

Lawrence Lessig

It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.     

Steve Jobs

The pirate he will sink you with a kiss, he'll steal your heart and sail away.     

Joni Mitchell

In politics and in trade, bruisers and pirates are of better promise than talkers and clerks.     

Ralph Waldo