the schooner and the sea

 

The Sea is with Us Always

 

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.

For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.

Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

He maketh the storm a calm,  so that the waves thereof are still.

Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Psalms, 107:23-3

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Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors

African proverb

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One ship drives east and another drives west

With the selfsame winds that blow.

'Tis the set of the sails

And not the gales

Which tells us the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate

As we voyage along through life.

'Tis the set of a soul that decides its goal,

And not the calm or the strife.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 'Winds of Fate'

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No matter how important a man at sea may consider himself,

unless he is fundamentally worthy the sea will some day find him out. 

Felix Riesenberg

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A pilot's business is with the wind, and with the stars, with night, with sand, with the sea.

He strives to outwit the forces of nature.

He stares with expectancy for the coming of the dawn the way a gardener awaits the coming of spring.

He looks forward to port as a promised land,

and truth for him is what lives in the stars.

Antoine de Saint Exupéry,

'Wind, Sand, and Stars,' 1939

 

 

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