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

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American poet.

As usual I finish the day before the sea, sumptuous this evening beneath the moon, which writes Arab symbols with phosphorescent streaks on the slow swells. There is no end to the sky and the waters. How well they accompany sadness!

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it... ''Beware of me,'' it says, ''but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.''

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

The sea -- this truth must be confessed -- has no generosity. No display of manly qualities -- courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness -- has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist.

Wide sea, that one continuous murmur breeds along the pebbled shore of memory!

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) American poet, critic and editor.

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

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist.

The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch painter.

I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.