„Many convicts were bewildered by the first days of the voyage to Australia. Most had never seen the open sea until they boarded the convict ship, and few had travelled in a ship. And now, by sentence of the courts, they were about to begin one of the longest voyages any traveller could make.“
„Translation: Sonorous immensity of the seas of Harmony
Where dreams like ships that shake in the profound,
Voyage to the unknown, their sails bent to infinity,
Billowing with anguish in the gusts of Sound.“
— Stuart Merrill American poet, who wrote mostly in the French language 1863 - 1915
Sonore immensité des mers de l’Harmonie, Où les rêves, vaisseaux pris d’un vaste frisson, Voguent vers l’inconnu, leur voilure infinie Claquant aven angoisse aux bourrasques du Son! "Pendant qu’elle chantait", from Les gammes, translated by Catherine Perry and Henry Weinfield in The White Tomb: Selected Writing, Talisman House, 1999.
„Just as you can practice three - word sentences or sentences that travel across time zones, so can you practice writing sentences that breathe unshakable conviction.“
— Stanley Fish American academic 1938
How To Write A Sentence And How To Read One (2011), Chapter 5, The Subordinate Style, p. 48
„In the nineteenth century some parts of the world were unexplored, but there was almost no restriction on travel. Up to 1914 you did not need a passport for any country except Russia. The European emigrant, if he could scrape together a few pounds for the passage, simply set sail for America or Australia, and when he got there no questions were asked. In the eighteenth century it had been quite normal and safe to travel in a country with which your own country was at war.“
— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
"As I Please" (1943–1947), "As I Please," Tribune (12 May 1944)<sup> http://alexpeak.com/twr/orwell/quotes/</sup>
„If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.“
— Sterling Hayden American actor 1916 - 1986
Wanderer (1963), Context: To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea — "cruising," it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about. Book I : Man at Bay, Ch. 5
„The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship.“
— Ernest Hemingway, buch Islands in the Stream
Islands in the Stream (1970), Context: The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship. It was shaded by tall coconut palms that were bent by the trade wind and on the ocean side you could walk out of the door and down the bluff across the white sand and into the Gulf Stream. The water of the Stream was usually a dark blue when you looked out at it when there was no wind. But when you walked out into it there was just the green light of the water over that floury white sand and you could see the shadow of any big fish a long time before he could ever come in close to the beach. It was a safe and fine place to bathe in the day but it was no place to swim at night. At night the sharks came in close to the beach, hunting at the edge of the Stream, and from the upper porch of the house on quiet nights you could hear the splashing of the fish they hunted and if you went down to the beach you could see the phosphorescent wakes they made in the water. At night the sharks had no fear and everything else feared them. But in the day they stayed out away from the clear white sand and if they did come in you could see their shadows a long way away. Pt. 1: Bimini, Section 1 (the opening two paragraphs of the novel)
„Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.“
— Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964
2010s, Democratic National Convention speech (2012)
„He could not even stand up to review his fleet when the ships were already at their fighting stations, but lay on his back and gazed up at the sky, never rising to show that he was alive until Marcus Agrippa had routed the enemy.“
— Augustus founder of Julio-Claudian dynasty and first emperor of the Roman Empire -63 - 14 v.Chr
Marcus Antonius, taunting Augustus for his conduct during the Sicilian war against Sextus Pompey in 36 BC; in Suetonius, Divus Augustus, paragraph 16. Translation: Robert Graves, 1957.
„How could I help if tears were starting?
Goodbye to tender nights beside the silv'ry sea.
I longed to hold you near and kiss you just once more,
But you were on the ship and I was on the shore.“
— Jimmy Kennedy Irish songwriter 1902 - 1984
Song lyrics, Song Harbour Lights