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    For sailors who love the wind, memory is a good port of departure.

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    For a sailor to sail around the world, the thought is just, sometimes, too much. Thus, one simply goes from port to port in the same direction.

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    Going up the mast is one of the most dangerous things you can do as a solo sailor.

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    For when a ship is floating calmly along, the sailors see its motion mirrored in everything outside, while on the other hand they suppose that they are stationary, together with everything on board. In the same way, the motion of the earth can unquestionably produce the impression that the entire universe is rotating.

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    I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls.

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    I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out if me with steel pipes.

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    It sure has been a pleasure for us to broadcast for the sailors and soldiers; besides, its part of the National Defence Program to prepare our boys for anything.

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    In due course we arrive, if wit can be said that we ever fully arrive. The truth is there are destinations beyond destinations and do the confirmed sailor goes on tacking forever.

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    In the Arctic I met some Russian sailors on a submarine and they chorused, "Gordon's alive!

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    My earrings are worth just enough to buy me a coffin if I die in a strange place. That was the reason why sailors used to wear them.

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    On 9/11, 2001, the Navy stood at 316 ships. By 2008, after one of the great military buildups in American history, we were at 278 ships and had 49,000 fewer sailors.

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    Sailors have the cleanest bodies and the filthiest minds.

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    One sailor will do us more good than two soldiers.

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    Ships are but boards, sailors but men.

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    Shall I let in the stranger, Shall I welcome the sailor, Or stay till the day I die? Hands of the stranger and holds of the ships, Hold you poison or grapes?

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    Smooth seas don't produce skillful sailors.

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    So far as inland discovery was concerned, the adventurous spirit of the English was that of sailors who land but for a day, and their enterprise the enterprise of traders.

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    The impossibility of keeping Englishmen sober ashore was a constant source of complaint, It was the great weakness of 16th century English infantrymen, whose performance when sober was admired even by the Spaniards. Already it was true, as it was to be for centuries, that many saw and despised the drunken sailor ashore, but few knew and admired him at his work afloat.

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    The difference between congressmen and drunken sailors is that drunken sailors are spending their own money.

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    The happiest hour a sailor sees Is when he's down At an inland town, With his Nancy on his knees, yo ho! And his arm around her waist!

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    Steam seems to have killed all gratitude in the hearts of sailors.

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    The Musto Skiff combines the thrill of skiff performance with smooth control and well... it just blows your pants off!

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    The master of a single trade can support a family. The master of seven trades cannot support himself. The wind is never for the sailor who knows not to what port he is bound.

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    the marriage twists, holds firm, a sailor's knot.

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    Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.

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    The northern people are riders and the southern people sailors; it is said quite true.

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    Those who fall in love with practice without science are like a sailor who enters a ship without a helm or a compass, and who never can be certain whither he is going.

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    The wind is never for the sailor who knows not to what port he is bound.

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    We could say the government spend like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to drunken sailors, because the sailors are spending their own money.

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    We are imprisoned in the realm of life, like a sailor on his tiny boat, on an infinite ocean.

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    Whales are drinking all our water and eating our sailors.

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    and yet a child’s utter innocence is but its blank ignorance, and the innocence more or less wanes as intelligence waxes.

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    A costume party… great… a chance for the bimbos to whore themselves out with no penalty of conscience. I found myself excruciatingly curious as to what she was going as, a sailor? No. A pilot. That would be something

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    When a sailor overcomes crushing adversity, there's a massive sense of accomplishment.

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    Art is an ocean and I am a dream sailor.

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    A pair of workman’s brogans encased my feet, and for trousers I was furnished with a pair of pale blue, washed-out overalls, one leg of which was fully ten inches shorter than the other. The abbreviated leg looked as though the devil had there clutched for the Cockney’s soul and missed the shadow for the substance.

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    As I'm smiling but fearing for the worse, he asks if I was in the Navy. "NO. THIS IS JUST MY HALLOWEEN COSTUME." "WELL, I WAS... FOR NEARLY TWENTY YEARS." I don't know whether he wants me to apologize for impersonating a sailor, thank him for his service, or stop drooling as I melt into his eyes

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    A sailor is not defined as much by how many seas he has sailed than by how many storms he has overcome.

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    A true sailor is one who finds love in every port.

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    ...it was not considered right for a man not to drink, although drink was a dangerous thing. On the contrary, not to drink would have been thought a mark of cowardice and of incapacity for self-control. A man was expected even to get drunk if necessary, and to keep his tongue and his temper no matter how much he drank. The strong character would only become more cautious and more silent under the influence of drink; the weak man would immediately show his weakness. I am told the curious fact that in the English army at the present day officers are expected to act very much after the teaching of the old Norse poet; a man is expected to be able on occasion to drink a considerable amount of wine or spirits without showing the effects of it, either in his conduct or in his speech. "Drink thy share of mead; speak fair or not at all" - that was the old text, and a very sensible one in its way.

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    A wind that howled like a drowning man.

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    Call me Ishmael. Some years ago--never mind how long precisely--having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.

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    Fawn supposed Black's treaty had been made long ago. He was tall and unwavering, like one of the shaded lighthouses scattered across Cadoett's waters. How many ships were still lost? How many sailors never made it home? Black was resolute, and the mountain appeared to empower him.

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    For I say there is no other thing that is worse than the sea is for breaking a man, even though he may a very strong one.

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    He was a fine, tall, slim young fellow, with black eyes, and hair as dark as the raven’s wing; and his whole appearance bespoke that calmness and resolution peculiar to men accustomed from their cradle to contend with danger.

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    I am Abdumasi of the House of Abd, master of ships, champion cat gambler, and I challenge you to mortal up-fuckery!

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    Oh! What stupids we were! cried Neb. That is precisely what I had the honor of telling you before! returned the sailor.

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    My wife and I said good-bye the next morning in a little sheltered place among the lumber on the wharf; she was one of your women who never like to do their crying before folks. She climbed on the pile of lumber and sat down, a little flushed and quivery, to watch us off. I remember seeing her there with the baby till we were well down the channel. I remember noticing the bay as it grew cleaner, and thinking that I would break off swearing; and I remember cursing Bob Smart like a pirate within an hour. ("Kentucky's Ghost")

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    My arm began moving, turning the invisible crank of Death's music box. Somewhere inside, I didn't want the melody to end.

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    My woman has a wandering eye; Yarrow, thyme and thorn. She eyes the ocean and the sky While stitching sails, forlorn. I got a kiss, and then a tear As she bade me go; But on the waves, my heart's in fear: My woman's in the know.