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75 Ocean Quotes

The ocean is vast, exciting, scary, calming, and intriguing. It can teach us so much about ourselves, as highlighted by these stunning ocean quotes.

If you’re like me, maybe you feel at home by the sea. I dream of spending limitless days at the beach, laying in the sand. These meaningful sea quotes will remind you of those enjoyable times by the ocean, watching the beautiful waves hit the shore.

Collecting these sayings and phrases has had me visioning a life by the ocean. I’d love nothing more than to wake up by or on the waves. I hope you enjoy these quotes about the ocean.

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Ocean Quotes

 1. “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

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

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3. “The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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4. “A day at the beach restores the soul.” – Unknown

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5. “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

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

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7. “I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within – in front of the sea.” – Rafael Nadal

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

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9. “Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean with no beginning or end.” –  Rumi

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10. I crave a love so deep, the ocean would be jealous.” – Unknown

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11. “Take me to the ocean. Let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm and salty air and dream of things to be.” – Erica Billups

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12. “Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful.” – Unknown

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13. “I love the ocean. I’ve always liked the blue, so tranquil and peaceful and gliding. And the fear of it.” – Siouxie Sioux

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14. “Life is like the ocean. Waves will try to knock you down and push you back to where you started but once you fight through them, the entire ocean is yours.” – Unknown

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15. 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.” – Cecelia Ahern

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16. “The waves of the sea, help me get back to me.” Jill Davis

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17. “When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.” – Samuel Johnson

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18. “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” – Kahlil Gibran

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19. Life is like the ocean, it goes up and down.” – Vanessa Paradis

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20. “Me and the ocean: Love at first sight.” – Unknown

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

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

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23. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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24. “How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.” – Arthur C. Clarke

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25. “The ocean is everything I want to be. Beautiful, mysterious, wild and free.” – Unknown

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

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27. “The ocean is this beautiful, unexplored place. Why on Earth everyone isn’t down there, I don’t know.” – Graham Hawkes

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28. Live by the sea, love by the moon.” – Unknown

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29. “Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” – Christy Ann Martine

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30. “Waves are inspiring not because they rise and fall, but because each time they fall they never fail to rise again.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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31. “The calming movement of the sea along with the restless ocean breeze gently caresses me creating a soothing trance which lulls me to a place of peace.” – M. L. Borges

32. “Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.” – Carl Schurz

33. “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

34. “Advice from the Ocean: Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell. Take time to coast. Avoid pier pressure. Sea life’s beauty. Don’t get so tide down on work that you miss out on life’s beautiful waves.” – Unknown

35. “The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place.” – Rachel Carson

36. “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

37. “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

38. “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. … Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

39. “Thalassophile (n) A lover of the sea, someone who loves the sea/ocean.” – Unknown

40. “There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is a society where no-one intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron

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

42. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

43. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau

44. “Let the waves carry you where the light cannot.” – Mohit Kaushik

45. “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

46. “If everyone could just live near the ocean, I think we’d all be happier. It’s hard to be down about anything knee-deep in the sand.” Crystal Woods

47. “In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. It is there we can see into ourselves.” – Rolf Edberg

48. “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wylan

49. “There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.” – Khalil Gibran

50. “We got no troubles, life is the bubbles, under the sea.” – The Little Mermaid, “Under the Sea”

51. “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

52. “If you’re lucky enough to live by the sea, you’re lucky enough.” – Unknown

53. “Nothing soothes the soul like a day by the ocean!” – Unknown

54. “We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.” – Aristotle Onassis

55. “There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to live 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 its audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers.” – Cecelia Ahern

56. “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of you are found all the aspects of existence.” – Kahlil Gibran Jr.

57. “I felt the full breadth and depth of the ocean around the sphere of the Earth, […] the endless waves of swimming joy and quiet losses of exquisite creatures with fins and fronds, tentacles and wings, colorful and transparent, tiny and huge, coming and going. There is nothing the ocean has not seen” – Sally Andrew

58. “There are always waves on the water. Sometimes they are big, sometimes they are small, and sometimes they are almost imperceptible. The water’s waves are churned up by the winds, which come and go and vary in direction and intensity, just as do the winds of stress and change in our lives, which stir up the waves in our minds.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

59. “When we walk along the beach and feel the sand beneath our toes and then the surf sends small waves to gently caress our feet; then we smell the saltiness upon the wind; that is when we know that we have come home from whence we came.” – Anthony T. Hincks

60. “I have an immoderate passion for water; for the sea, though so vast, so restless, so beyond one’s comprehension.” – Guy de Maupassant

61. “Water is the driving force in nature.” – Leonardo da Vinci

62. “Summer is calling me with the music of an ocean breeze. I must go dance with the waves of love.” – Debasish Mridha

63. “The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.” – Virginia Woolf

64. “If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge because it’s life or death.” – Morgan Freeman

65. “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.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

66. “The sea lives in every one of us.” – Robert Wyland

67. “I’m pretty sure my birthstone is a sea shell.” – Unknown

68. “The sea is an underwater museum still awaiting its visitors.” – Phillip Diole

69. “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?” – Walt Whitman

70. “To me, the sea is like a person like a child that I’ve known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there.” – Gertrude Ederle

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. “All I need is a good dose of vitamin sea.” – Unknown

73. “Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark.” – Bob Dylan

74. “There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath…” – Herman Melville

75. “I wanted freedom, open air, and adventure. I found it on the sea.” – Alain Gerbeault

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