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[ Also see Earth Land Nature Navigation Ocean Water ]

The sea drinks the air and the sun the sea.
      - Anacreon

He knows enough, the mariner, who knows
  Where lurk the shelves, and where the whirlpools boil,
    What signs portend the storm: to subtler minds
      He leaves to scan, from what mysterious cause
        Charybdis rages in the Ionian wave;
          Whence those impetuous currents in the main
            Which neither oar nor sail can stem; and why
              The roughening deep expects the storm, as sure
                As red Orion mounts the shrouded heaven.
      - John Armstrong

Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings; they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.
      - Bible, Jeremiah (ch. XLIX, v. 23)

Ours are the tears, though few, sincerely shed,
  While ocean shrouds and sepulchres our dead.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

There shrinks no ebb in that tideless sea,
  Which changeless rolls eternally;
    So that wildest of waves, in their angriest mood,
      Scarce break on the bounds of the land for a rood;
        And the powerless moon beholds them flow,
          Heedless if she come or go.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The great fishpond (the sea).
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker), The Honest Whore
         (pt. I, act I, sc. 2)

The sea, that home of marvels.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

The ocean's surfy, slow, deep, mellow voice, full of mystery and awe, moaning over the dead it holds in its bosom, or lulling them to unbroken slumbers in the chambers of its vasty depths.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

He that will learne to pray, let him goe to Sea.
  [He that will learn to pray, let him go to Sea.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Surely oak and threefold brass surrounded his heart who first trusted a frail vessel to the merciless ocean.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

The sea has been called deceitful and treacherous, but there lies in this trait only the character of a great natural power, which, to speak according to our own feelings, renews its strength, and, without reference to joy or sorrow, follows eternal laws which are imposed by a higher Power.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

In the vast archipelago of the east, where Borneo and Java and Sumatra lie, and the Molucca Islands, and the Philippines, the sea is often fanned only by the land and sea breezes, and is like a smooth bed, on which these islands seem to sleep in bliss,--islands in which the spice and perfume gardens of the world are embowered, and where the bird of paradise has its home, and the golden pheasant, and a hundred others of brilliant plumage, whose flight is among thickets so luxuriant, and scenery so picturesque, that European strangers find there the fairy land of their youthful dreams.
      - Captain Frederick Marryat

Mystery of waters, never slumbering sea!
      - James Montgomery

The sea is certainly common to all.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Tumultuous waves embroil'd the bellowing flood,
  All trembling, deafen'd, and aghast we stood!
    No more the vessel plough'd the dreadful wave,
      Fear seized the mighty, and unnerved the brave.
      - Alexander Pope

I saw a thousand fearful wracks:
  A thousand men that fishes gnaw'd upon:
    Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl,
      Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,
        All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea.
          Some lay in dead men's skulls; and in those holes
            Where eyes did once inhabit there were crept,
              As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems,
                That woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep,
                  And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by.
      - William Shakespeare

The garrulous sea is talking to the shore; let us go down and hear the graybeard's speech.
      - Alexander Smith

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