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The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.
      - Douglas Adams

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters:
  These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CVII, v. 23-24)

She walks the waters like a thing of life,
  And seems to dare the elements to strife.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Corsair (canto I, st. 3)

She bears her down majestically near,
  Speed on her prow, and terror in her tier.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Corsair (canto III, st. 15)

For why drives on that ship so fast,
  Without or wave or wind?
    The air is cut away before,
      And closes from behind.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Ancient Mariner

Heaven speed the canvas, gallantly unfurl'd,
  To furnish and accommodate a world,
    To give the Pole the produce of the sun,
      And knit the unsocial climates into one.
      - William Cowper

One night came on a hurricane,
  The sea was mountains rolling
    When Barney Buntline turned his quid,
      And said to Billy Bowling:
        "A strong nor-wester's blowing, Bill;
          Hark! don't ye hear it roar, now?
            Lord help 'em, how I pities them
              Unhappy folks on shore now!"
      - Charles Dibdin, The Sailor's Consolation,
        also attributed to Billy Pitt and Hood

Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true ship is the ship builder.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of History

Little boats should keep near shore.
      - Benjamin Franklin

When rats leave a sinking ship, where exactly do they think they're going?
      - Douglas Gauck

For she is such a smart little craft,
  Such a neat little, sweet little craft--
    Such a bright little,
      Tight little,
        Slight little,
          Light little,
            Trim little, slim little craft!
      - Sir William Schwenk Gilbert, Ruddigore

A great ship askes deepe waters.
  [A great ship asks deep waters.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

The wooden wall alone should remain unconquered.
      - Herodotus ("Father of History") VII, 141,
        relating the second reply of the "Pythian Oracle to the Athenians", 480 BC

Morn on the waters, and purple and bright
  Bursts on the billows the flushing of light
    O'er the glad waves, like a child of the sun,
      See the tall vessel goes gallantly on.
      - Thomas Kibble Hervey, The Convict Ship

Ships that sailed for sunny isles,
  But never came to shore.
      - Thomas Kibble Hervey, The Devil's Progress

Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Her plates are scarred by the sun, dear lass,
  And her ropes are taut with the dew,
    For we're booming down on the old trail, our own trail, the out trail,
      We're sagging south on the Long Trail, the trail that is always new.
      - Rudyard Kipling,
        L'Envoi--There's a Whisper down the Field

Lord, Thou hast made this world below the shadow of a dream,
  An', taught by time, I tak' it so--exceptin' always steam,
    From coupler-flange to spindle-guide I see thy Hand, O God--
      Predestination in the stride o' yon connectin'-rod.
      - Rudyard Kipling, McAndrew's Hymn

The Liner she's a lady, an' she never looks nor 'eeds--
  The Man-o'-War's 'er 'usband an' 'e gives 'er all she needs;
    But, oh, the little cargo-boats, that sail the wet seas roun',
      They're just the same as you an' me, a'-plyin' up an' down.
      - Rudyard Kipling, The Liner She's a Lady

Build me straight. O worthy Master!
  Staunch and strong, a goodly vessel
    That shall laugh at all disaster,
      And with wave and whirlwind wrestle!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Building of the Ship (l. 1)

There's not a ship that sails the ocean,
  But every climate, every soil,
    Must bring its tribute, great or small,
      And help to build the wooden wall!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Building of the Ship (l. 66)

And the wind plays on those great sonorous harps, the shrouds and masts of ships.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. I, ch. VII)

Like ships that have gone down at sea,
  When heaven was all tranquillity.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--The Light of the Harem

And let our barks across the pathless flood
  Hold different courses.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Kenilworth
         (ch. XXIX, introductory verses)

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