“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever"
-Jacques Yves Cousteau
"In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans"
Edward Kinsella III
"Hark, now hear the sailors cry / smell the sea, and feel the sky / let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.."
"Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.."
-Alexandre Dumas, "The Count of Monte Cristo"
"Being able to breathe underwater would be sweet. "
"To gaze into the depths of the sea is, in the imagination, like beholding the vast unknown, and from its most terrible point of view. The submarine gulf is analogous to the realm of night and dreams. There also is sleep, unconsciousness, or at least apparent unconsciousness, of creation. There in the awful silence and darkness, the rude first forms of life, phantomlike, demoniacal, pursue their horrible instincts.."
- Victor Hugo
"I am an underwater explorer, not a treasure hunter. "
- Robert Ballard
"The world's finest wilderness lies beneath the waves..."
"Into the ocean went a world more fantastic than any imagination could inspire..."
"Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated."
- Ernest Hemmingway, "The Old Man and the Sea"
"The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can't"
"Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark."
- Bob Dylan
"There's probably more history now preserved underwater than in all the museums of the world combined. And there's no law governing that history. It's finders keepers
- Robert Ballard
"Everyone loves to fly, and flying underwater is even better than flying in air because there are things around you.
- Graham Hawkes
"t wasn't gloom at all, really. There were lights and colors. If it hadn't been for the feel of the water gliding by against his skin he might have imagined himself up in the sky, with meteors and comets blazing past. But these were sea-things, shining in the dark, the luminous life that blazes beneath the southern sea."
"When you're working on a lake and it's dark and cold out and you can't see what's underwater, it is freaking scary! "
"Limiteless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth"
"Always remember that the ocean delights in feeling your feet in her eternal bath..."
"The ocean's bottom is at least as important to us as the moon's behind."
-Gordon G. Lill
Maria Corte Maidagan
"I'm always happy when I'm surrounded by water, I think I'm a mermaid or I was a mermaid. The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective... it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you've been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.."
Mark T Smith
"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
"There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about the sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath."
"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.."
-Vincent Van Gogh
Kinuko Y. Craft
"My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me"
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"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
"You must be a fish among fishes to study their surroundings and their life."
-Hans & Lotte Hass
"Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think"