111 Inspirational Ocean Quotes That Transport You to the Sea

google news icon 150px
waves in the ocean

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. We may receive compensation when you purchase via my links at no cost to you. See my disclosure for more information.

The ocean: a vast, mysterious expanse that has captivated the hearts and minds of poets, explorers, and dreamers throughout the ages. Its boundless horizons and unfathomable depths are a source of endless inspiration and introspection. In its waves, we find the echoes of our own souls and in its ceaseless rhythms, the earth’s heartbeat.

This collection of inspirational ocean quotes seeks to capture the essence of the sea’s enigmatic beauty and its profound influence on our lives. From the tide’s serene whispers to the storm’s roaring majesty, the ocean speaks a language that resonates deep within us all. Each quote is a drop in the vast ocean of wisdom, offering insights into life, love, and the indomitable spirit of the human heart.

So, let us set sail on this journey of reflection, allowing the words of poets, philosophers, and seafarers to guide us through the uncharted waters of our thoughts and emotions. May these quotes stir your soul as the ocean stirs the sands, and may you find a tidal wave of inspiration within them.

111 Inspirational Ocean Quotes

1. “The sea does not like to be restrained”

Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

2. “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.”

John F. Kennedy

3. “We ourselves feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

Mother Teresa

4. “Your thoughts, feelings and sensations are the waves of the ocean – coming and going. There are big strong waves and there are soft gentle waves; they are all water and all part of the ocean”

Rose-Marie Sorokin, The Miracle of Yes

5. “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”

Robert Wylan

6. “You will love the ocean. It makes you feel small, but not in a bad way. Small because you realize you’re part of something bigger.”

Lauren Myracle

7. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

Ryunosuke Satoro

8. “The Earth is a complex, fascinating place. From its vast oceans to its towering mountains, arid deserts, and lush forests, the beauty and wonder of our planet is truly staggering.”

Michael Bright, 1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die

9. “You can either see yourself as a wave in the ocean or you can see yourself as the ocean.”

Oprah Winfrey, Words of Encouragement

10. “If the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air”

Nayyirah Waheed

11. “Let the waves carry you where the light can not.”

Mohit Kaushik

12. “Water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing, in the end, can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone.”

Margaret Atwood

13. “No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.”

Charles Kettering

14. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.”

E.E. Cummings

15. “Eternity begins and ends with the ocean’s tides.”

Author Unknown

16. “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”

Isak Dinesen

17. “The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too”

Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

18. “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected on the deep.”

William James

19. “You have to think of your career the way you look at the ocean, deciding which wave you’re gonna take and which waves you’re not gonna take. Some of the waves are going to be big, some are gonna be small, sometimes the sea is going to be calm. Your career is not going to be one steady march upward to glory.”

Alan Arkin

20. “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.”

Sarah Kay

21. “Dance with the waves, move with the sea, let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.”

Christy Ann Martine

22. “Looking out over the ocean you can see reflections of God.”

Catherine Pulsifer

23. “There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.”

Khalil Gibran

24. “Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.”

Jim Rohn

25. “The sea has boundless patience.”

Craig Robertson

26. “To reach a port we must set sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

27. “Even when the sea is stirred up by the winds of self-doubt, we can find our way home. We can discover, in the midst of the waves, our spacious and wakeful awareness.”

Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

28. “Life is like the ocean, it goes up and down.”

Vanessa Paradis

29. “Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”

Robert Henri

30. “Together we can face challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.”

Sonia Gandhi

31. “If you want to hear the distant voice of the ocean put your ear to the lips of a seashell.”

Curtis Tyrone Jones

32. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

Jacques Cousteau

33. “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.”

Sylvie Earle

34. “The beauty and mystery of the ocean, fills our lives with wonders, vast beyond our imagination.”

M. L. Borges, By The Sea

35. “Life is an ocean, fathom it.”

M. K. Soni

36. “I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.”

Alain Gerbeault

37. “If you want to find a fish, look in the ocean. If you want to find yourself, look in your mind.”

Richard Gere

38. “Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”


39. “The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.”

Brian Tracy

40. “Every drop in the ocean counts.”

Yoko Ono

41. “Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.”

Author Unknown

42. “While inner beauty stays permanent like an ocean. By all means, hold strong to your inner beauty.”

Edmond Mbiaka

43. “The sea will grant each man new hope, and sleep will bring dreams of home…”

Christopher Columbus

44. Advice from the Ocean:

Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell.

Take time to relax and coast. Avoid pier pressure.

Sea life’s beauty. Don’t get tide down.

Make waves!

Author Unknown, Poems about Life

45. “To find the pearls in life’s ocean, you have to venture out far past the shore.”

Author Unknown

46. “Being out there in the ocean, God’s creation, it’s like a gift He has given us to enjoy.”

Bethany Hamilton

47. “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.”

Kahlil Gibran

48. “The ocean holds secrets, Baby. It sees a lot and tells nothing.”

Lois Ruth Scott, The House of Blue Lights

49. “As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love.”

Author Unknown

50. “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

51. “I need vitamin sea.”

Unknown Author

52. “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.”

Arthur C. Clarke

53. “The sea lives in every one of us.”

Robert Wyland

54. “Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.”

Unknown Author

55. “Storms draw something out of us that calm seas don’t.”

Bill Hybels

56. “In a calm sea, every man is a pilot.”

John Ray

57. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

58. “At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.”

Robin Lee Graham

59. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

Rabindranath Tagore

60. “Let the sea set you free”

Unknown Author

61. “How foolish to believe we are more powerful than the sea or the sky.”

Ruta Sepetys

62. “We dream in colors borrowed from the sea.”

Unknown Author

63. “A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind.”

Webb Chiles

64. “Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction”

Unknown Author

65. “The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective.”

Beyonce Knowles

67. “A rising tide lifts all boats”

Sean Lemass

68. “A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it.”

Jacques Cousteau

69. “She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.”

Holly Black

70. “Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.”

Hermann Broch

71. “There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.”

Dave Barry

72. “Well, the Ocean hides many secrets, and all of them are precious and beautiful”

SA Krishnan, Samudra Manthan

73. “It’s the sound of the sea that makes you believe in mermaids.”

Anthony T.Hincks

74. “There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it’s audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers.”

Cecelia Ahern

75. “I was happy anywhere I could see the ocean.”

Ai Yazawa

76. “By protecting our oceans, we are preserving them for the next generation to enjoy.”

The Grumpy Guru, Beach Quotes

77. “A pool just isn’t the same as the ocean. It has no energy. No life.”

Linda Gerber

78. “I couldn’t imagine living in a state that didn’t reach the ocean. It was a giant reset button. You could go to the edge of the land and see infinity and feel renewed.”

Avery Sawyer

79. “The ocean has a life of its own. Its tides, whirlpools, currents and eddies are a testament to its conflicting emotions.”

Anthony T. Hincks

80. “The sound and smell of the sea cleanses my soul.”

Unknown Author

81. “Where chefs once ruled the waves, local small farmers are the new rock stars.”

Mario Batali, America Farm To Table

82. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.”

E.E. Cummings

83. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

Jacques Cousteau

84. “Smell the sea and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly”

Van Morrison

85.”No matter how rough the sea, I refuse to sink.”

Unknown Author

86. “In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”

Rachel Carson

87. “The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall.”

Virginia Woolf

88. “Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.”

J.K. Rowling

89.”Vicinity to the sea is desirable, because it is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else, and because bathing and basking on the shore cannot be considered an employment but only an apotheosis of loafing.”

E.F. Benson

90. “A rough day at sea is better than any day in the office.”

Unknown Author

91. “You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drowning in its monstrosity.”

Alysha Speer

92. “What an incomparable creature is the sea!”

Julian Hawthorne

93. “When the seas are rough and disturbing, and the rowing seems always upstream, With a world of indifference to curb you, there’s always a hope and a dream.”

Greta Zwaan, Be Patient

94. “A full moon sprinkled the black ocean with diamonds, and she could imagine fairies dancing in the silver foam that laced the huge, dark waves.”

Patricia Hagan

95. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Andre Gide

96. “Great sea captains are made in rough waters and deep seas.”

Kathryn Kuhlman

97. “That the sea is one of the most beautiful and magnificent sights in Nature, all admit.”

John Joly

98. “Even the upper end of the river believes in the ocean.”

William Stafford

99. “The sea is as near as we come to another world.”

Anne Stevenson

100. “How I long to be the shore and feel your waves crash upon me over and over again.”

Timothy Joshua Chia

101. “Dear ocean, thank you for making us feel tiny, humble, inspired, and salty…all at once.”

Unknown Ocean

102. “Waves tossed themselves against the shore, dragging grit and sand between their nails as they were slowly pulled back out to sea.”

Holly Black

103. “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.”

Christopher Reeve

104. “The sea is a desert of waves, A wilderness of water.”

Langston Hughes

105. “The ocean is a mighty harmonist”

William Wordsworth

106. “It’s when I go down to the beach that the waves come up to greet me.”

Anthony T. Hincks

107. “There are finer fish in the sea than have ever been caught.”

108. “The universe is an ocean upon which we are the waves. While some decide to surf, others venture to dive.”

Charbel Tadros

109. “The ocean is calling and I must go”

Unknown Author

110. “What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.”

Werner Herzog

111. “The oceans roar is music to the soul.”

Unknown Author
Marcello De Lio
Marcello De Lio

Marcello's been cruising since he was 12 years old. He loves the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. Marcello created High Seas Cruising to share his passion for cruising and travel with readers and grow a community of passionate voyagers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *