Sea Proverbs

Proverbs on Seas, ocean, waves & shores

The sea becomes the shore, the shore becomes the sea. ~ Indonesian Proverb

The boat sails by, the shore remains. ~ Cambodian Proverb

One cannot scoop up the ocean with a sea shell. ~ Japanese Proverb

You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans. ~ Traditional Proverb

Seamen learn to get to know each other during a storm. ~ Corsican Proverb

Do good and throw it in the sea. ~ Palestinian Proverb

Don’t look for a sea when you can drown in a puddle. ~ Russian Proverb

The frog in his pond sneers at the ocean. ~ Japanese Proverb

Don’t sell the fish that is still swimming in the ocean. ~ Turkish Proverb

A wreck on shore is a beacon at sea. ~ Traditional Proverb

He who wants pearls has to dive into the sea. ~ Kurdish Proverb

When husband and wife live in harmony, they can dry up the ocean without a bucket. ~ Vietnamese Proverb

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. ~ African Proverb

Though near shore, you’re still in the ocean. ~ Malawian Proverb

Better poor on land than rich at sea. ~ Dutch Proverb

The best pilots are ashore. ~ Dutch Proverb

It is safest to sail within reach of the shore. ~ Dutch Proverb

Love begins with song and music and ends in a sea of tears. ~ Italian Proverb

When the sea turned into honey, the beggar lost his spoon. ~ Bulgarian Proverb

Man is like a bubble of water on the ocean. ~ Indian Proverb

The river’s reputation ends where the sea begins. ~ Russian Proverb

With money you can build a road in the sea. ~ Maltese Proverb

Foam will always find its way to the shore. ~ Solomon Islander Proverb

Praise the sea but keep on land. ~ English Proverb

God will help a seaman in a storm but the pilot must still remain at the wheel. ~ German Proverb

Throw a lucky man in the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth. ~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

The Pilgrim Fathers landed on the shores of America and fell on their knees; then they fell upon the aborigines. ~ American Proverbs

A man with little learning is like the frog who thinks its pond is an ocean. ~ Myanmar Proverb

A ship on the beach is a lighthouse to the sea. ~ Dutch Proverb

The existence of the sea means the existence of pirates. ~ Malay Proverb

If rain bothers you, you can always jump into the sea. ~ Chinese Proverb

You can measure the depth of the sea but what about a man’s heart? ~ Malawian Proverb

The water in which one drowns is always an ocean. ~ Armenian Proverb

There is a deep sea between saying and doing. ~ Italian Proverb

The urine of one dog will not pollute the ocean. ~ French Proverb

The deep sea can be fathomed, but who knows the hearts of men? ~ Malay Proverb

All water flows into the ocean or into the purse of the rich. ~ Danish Proverb

Every source flows to the sea. ~ Corsican Proverb

If you cannot catch a fish, do not blame the sea. ~ Greek Proverb

The goodness of the father reaches higher than a mountain; that of the mother goes deeper than the ocean. ~ Japanese Proverb

All the water in the sea doesn’t even reach the knees of the man who fears not death. ~ Indian Proverb

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. ~ English Proverbs

When I am dead the world can be an ocean or a dried up ditch. ~ Iranian Proverb

In the ocean, one does not need to sow water. ~ Somali Proverb

When the sea is calm, every ship has a good captain. ~ Swedish Proverbs

No man can swim ashore and carry his baggage with him. ~ Latin Proverbs

Women are as changeable as the sea. ~ Greek Proverb

The water from the river becomes salty when it reaches the ocean. ~ Sanskrit Proverb

If the seawater were hotter we could catch boiled fish. ~ French Proverb

The sea never buys fish. ~ Turkish Proverbs

Pray to God but continue to row to the shore. ~ Russian Proverb

The prudent embark when the sea is calm — the rash when it’s stormy. ~ New Zealander Proverbs

No matter how big the sea may be, sometimes two ships meet. ~ Chinese Proverb

There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave. ~ Irish Proverbs

Follow the river and you will get to the sea. ~ Indian Proverbs

Better a drop of wisdom than an ocean of gold. ~ Greek Proverbs

Giving gifts to the rich is like pouring water into the sea. ~ Russian Proverbs

Quotations about The Sea & The Ocean

Saying about Seas

The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness. ~ Joseph Conrad

The sea complains upon a thousand shores. ~ Alexander Smith

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

All rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. ~ Bible

The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, teats, or the sea. ~ Isak Dinesen

Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.~ Ovid

Nimble thought can jump both sea and land. ~ William Shakespeare Quotes

It is pleasurable, when winds disturb the waves of a great sea, to gaze out from land upon the great trials of another.~ Lucretius

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes

The best thing I know between France and England is the sea. ~ Douglas William Jerrold

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choice less as a beach-waiting for a gift from the sea. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. ~ Hanmer Parsons Grant

Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it.~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.~ Muhammad Ali

We are as near to heaven by sea as by land. ~ Sir Humphrey Gilbert

They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence. ~ Virgil

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.~ Albert Schweitzer

When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land. ~ Samuel Johnson Quotes

He that will learn to pray let him go to sea. ~ George Herbert Quotes

He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea. ~ Thomas Fuller Quotes

The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. ~ Edward Gibbon

The secret of happiness is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm, always lucid, always willing “to be joined to the universe without being more conscious of it than an idiot,” to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.~ Cyril Connolly

The Dead Sea is the Dead Sea, because it continually receives and never gives. ~ Author Unknown

O God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small. ~ Author Unknown

It is not one man nor a million, but the spirit of liberty that must be preserved. The waves which dash upon the shore are, one by one, broken, but the ocean conquers nevertheless. It overwhelms the Armada, it wears out the rock. In like manner, whatever the struggle of individuals, the great cause will gather strength.~ Lord Byron Quotes

You are the waves; I am the ocean. Know this and be free, be divine.~ Sri Guru Granth Sahib

There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics — none in which there is more need of good pilots and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.~ Thomas H. Huxley

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass themselves by without wondering.~ St. Augustine

The waves of desire in the world-ocean are intoxicating wine.~ Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes

There is no harbor of peace from the changing waves of joy and despair.~ Euripides

He who attempts to resist the wave is swept away, but he who bends before it abides.~ Author Unknown

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.~ Jon Kabat Zinn

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