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25 Navigation Quotes

O'er the glad waters of the dark blue sea, Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free, Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam, Survey our empire, and behold our home!

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: The Corsair (canto I, st. 1)

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Here's to the pilot that weathered the storm.

George Canning Quotes , Source: The Pilot that Weathered the Storm

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Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold And the mate of the Nancy brig, And a bo'sun tight and a midshipmite And the crew of the captain's gig.

William S. Gilbert Quotes , Source: Yarn of the "Nancy Bell"

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The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

Edward Gibbon Quotes , Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (ch. LXVIII)

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A strong nor'wester's blowing, Bill! Hark! don't ye hear it roar now? Lord help 'em, how I pities them Unhappy folks on shore now!

Martyn Parker Quotes , Source: Ye Gentlemen of England

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O pilot! 'tis a fearful night, There's danger on the deep.

Thomas Haynes Bayly Quotes , Source: The Pilot

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How Bishop Aiden foretold to certain seamen a storm that would happen, and gave them some holy oil to lay it.

Bede "The Venerable" Quotes , Source: Ecclesiastical History (III, 15), heading of chapter

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And as great seamen, using all their wealth And skills in Neptune's deep invisible paths, In tall ships richly built and ribbed with brass, To put a girdle round about the world.

George Chapman Quotes , Source: Bussy d'Ambois (act I, sc. I, l. 20)

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A wet sheet and a flowing sea, A wind that follows fast And fills the white and rustling sails, And bends the gallant mast! And bends the gallant mast, my boys, While, like the eagle free, Away the good ship flies, and leaves Old England in the lee.

Allan Cunningham Quotes , Source: Songs of Scotland--A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea

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Soon shall thy arm, unconquered steam, afar Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car; Or on wide waving wings expanded bear The flying chariot through the fields of air.

Erasmus Darwin Quotes , Source: The Botanic Garden (pt. I, 1, 289)

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For they say there's a Providence sits up aloft To keep watch for the life of poor Jack.

Charles Dibdin Quotes , Source: Poor Jack

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There's a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft, To keep watch for the life of poor Jack.

Charles Dibdin Quotes , Source: Poor Jack

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Skill'd in the globe and sphere, he gravely stands, And, with his compass, measures seas and lands.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Sixth Satire of Juvenal (l. 760)

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Thus, I steer my bark, and sail On even keel, with gentle gale.

Matthew Green Quotes , Source: Spleen (l. 814)

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

Matthew Green Quotes , Source: Spleen (l. 826)

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What though the sea be calm? trust to the shore, Ships have been drown'd, where late they danc'd before.

Robert Herrick Quotes , Source: Safety on the Shore

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Yet the best pilots have need of mariners, besides sails, anchor and other tackle.

Ben Jonson Quotes , Source: Discoveries--Illiteratus Princeps

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--They write here one Cornelius--Son Hath made the Hollanders an invisible eel To swim the haven at Dunkirk, and sink all The shipping there. --But how is't done? --I'll show you, sir. It is automa, runs under water With a snug nose, and has a nimble tail Made like an auger, with which tail she wriggles Betwixt the costs of a ship and sinks it straight.

Ben Jonson Quotes , Source: Staple of News (act III, sc. 1)

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Some love to roam o'er the dark sea's foam, Where the shrill winds whistle free.

Charles Mackay Quotes , Source: Some Love to Roam

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Thus far we run before the wind.

Arthur Murphy Quotes , Source: The Apprentice (act I, sc. 1, l. 344)

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We have ploughed the vast ocean in a fragile bark. [Lat., Nos fragili vastum ligno sulcavimus aequor.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 14, 35)

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Ye gentlemen of England That live at home at ease, Ah! little do you think upon The dangers of the seas.

Martyn Parker Quotes , Source: Ye Gentlemen of England

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And that all seas are made calme and still with oile; and therefore the Divers under the water doe spirt and sprinkle it abroad with their mouthes because it dulceth and allaieth the unpleasant nature thereof, and carrieth a light with it.

Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus) Quotes , Source: Natural History (bk. II, ch. CIII), (Holland's translation)

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Why does pouring Oil on the Sea make it Clear and Calm? Is it that the winds, slipping the smooth oil, have no force, nor cause any waves?

Plutarch Quotes , Source: Morals--Natural Questions (XII)

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Well, then--our course is chosen--spread the sail-- Heave oft the lead, and mark the soundings well-- Look to the helm, good master--many a shoal Marks this stern coast, and rocks, where sits the Siren Who, like ambition, lures men to their ruin.

Sir Walter Scott Quotes , Source: Kenilworth (ch. XVII, verses at head of chapter)

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