Since the time of the written word, people have found comfort and inspiration from the ocean. The salty air, the calming waves, the changing sky above have stimulated the minds of artists and world leaders alike.
When musing about the ocean, the enormity of the sea can cause us to think about all possibilities—that there is the potential to achieve and obtain all that we want; not just what we need, but what we desire. The feeling that anything is possible can be so overwhelming while walking along the water's edge at sunrise. There is the promise of a new day, new opportunities, and the possibility to attain the goals we set for ourselves if we persist.
Below is a collection of profound and powerful quotes about the sea and the impact the ocean can have on all of us.
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau, pioneering ocean researcher.
"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch—we are going back from whence we came." — American President, John F. Kennedy in 1962 at the American's Cup.
"The Sea lives in every one of us. The Ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul." — Robert Wayland, a popular marine life artist.
"... is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think."—Famed American painter, Robert Henri.
"The waves of the sea help me get back to me,"—American author, Jill Davis.
"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused,"—Poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace,"—Novelist Kate Chopin.
"Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away,"—American poet, Sarah Kay.
"To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?"—Iconic American poet, Walt Whitman.
As long as the oceans encompass the globe, as long as waves crash against the beach and as long people desire to feel sand under their feet, the sea will continue to inspire in all of its timeless glory.