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Our favourite quotes that prove boating is life!

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At Terrace Boating, we love the water, the waves and just being out on a boat with family and friends. Whether it’s for high action water sports, cruising or fishing, boating is often a deeply fulfilling, cathartic experience. To show just how wonderful boats are, we’ve gathered a collection of our favourite famous quotes on boating, fishing and the ocean, all from a variety of writers, musicians and politicians.

1. “Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not.”
– James Taylor (American singer-songwriter)

2. “Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.”
– Robert N. Rose (poet)

3. “The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.”
– Ernest Hemingway (American novelist, short story writer and Nobel Prize winner)

4. “The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”
– John Buchan (Scottish novelist, historian, and former Governor General of Canada)

5. “For the ocean is big and my boat is small. Find the courage.”
– Alanis Morissette (Canadian musician)

6. “At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.”
– Robin Lee Graham (teenage solo circumnavigator – 1965)

7. “Boat is nothing without water and man without his dreams!”
– Mehmet Murat ildan (Turkish author and playwright)

8. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain (Writer, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer)

9. “I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.”
– Alaine Gerbault (French aviator, sailor and tennis champion)

10. “It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.”
– Sir Francis Drake (English Admiral and circumnavigator)

11. “Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.”
– Brooks Atkinson (New York Times drama critic)

12. “The ocean has always been a salve to my soul…the best thing for a cut or abrasion was to go swimming in salt water. Later down the road of life, I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land.”
– Jimmy Buffett (Musician and songwriter)

13. “On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.”
– Rumi (13th Century Persian poet)

14. “Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.”
– Herbert Hoover (Engineer, business man, and former US President)

And… a funny one to finish:

15. “Here in Miami, on weekends, amusement-seekers will come to the marina, set up folding chairs, and spend a highly entertaining day watching boat owners perform comical manoeuvres such as forgetting to set their parking brakes and having their cars roll down the ramp and disappear, burbling gaily, below the surface.”
– Dave Barry (Parody author, comic novelist and columnist)

Basically, if you love boating, fishing and the water, you’re in great company. Of course, our favourite quote of all is an anonymous gem, “You can’t buy happiness. But, you can buy a boat, and that’s practically the same thing.”

For more information on all things fishing and boating, or to see our extensive range of new and used boats and personal watercraft, come see us at Terrace Boating!