90 Inspirational Ocean Quotes That Are Also Full Of Wisdom

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Last Updated on May 6, 2022

They say under our oceans lie an alien world yet to be fully explored. And they would be right. With 97 percent of the earth’s surface made up of water, oceans make up 71 percent of that.

Who knows what could be lurking just below our islands and atolls? Could it be beasts? Sea serpents? Or perhaps, ancient treasure?

The Ocean Is Life

There’s still an ongoing debate over where life supposedly began. Many chemists suggest that life started on land, in places where things like geothermal fields could provide the necessary living conditions for primitive cells to thrive and eventually, evolve. But biologists argue that earth’s waters have provided continuous proof that mankind may have come from the ocean floor.

Whether or not which side is correct, it is true that humans have depended on water to survive. We have built communities and cities near bodies of water, like rivers and lakes. Oceans and seas have served as the world’s platform for trade and commerce. Inasmuch as it has brought people together, the same waters have brought us apart as well.

Healing Powers of Water

There are specific names for therapy that involves water from the oceans. Thalassotherapy for example, is a kind of treatment that uses seawater and related products. Balneotherapy on the other hand, is the method of managing diseases by bathing in mineral springs, or mineral-rich water, like that found in oceans.

In fact, just being near the sea can calm our nerves and help ground us. This is why so many people come to the beach. Aside from admiring sunsets, having the ocean around us can be a soothing reminder to take things slow.

Always considered yourself a water baby? Then you will love these enigmatic ocean quotes and sayings.

Enigmatic Ocean Quotes

1. “Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.” H. P. Lovecraft

2. “Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.” H. P. Lovecraft

3. “Pouring forth its seas everywhere, then, the ocean envelops the earth and fills its deeper chasms.” Nicolaus Copernicus

4. “The sea is the universal sewer.” Jacques Yves Cousteau

5. “Health to the ocean means health for us.” Sylvia Earle

6. “An ocean which thinks there is nothing to learn from a lake is not a wise ocean!” Mehmet Murat ildan

7. “Others may use the ocean as their road; Only the English make it their abode.” Edmund Waller

8. “The ocean moans over dead men’s bones.” Thomas Bailey Aldrich

9. “Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man who has no gills.” Ambrose Bierce

10. “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.” Christopher Paolini

11. “She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.” – Holly Black

12. “My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea. And the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

13. “Be alone with the sea for it is there you will find answers to questions you didn’t realize exist.” – Khang Kijarro Nguyen

14. “I love the ocean. I’ve always liked the blue, so tranquil and peaceful and gliding. And the fear of it.” – Siouxsie Sioux

15. “The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths, it has its pearls too.” – Vincent van Gogh

16. “You can’t cross the ocean of life just by dreaming about it, you have to jump in and swim.” – Debasish Mridha

17. “The ocean is a mighty harmonist.” – William Wordsworth

18. “I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.” – Drew Barrymore

19. “Let the waves carry you where the light can not.” – Mohit Kaushik

20. “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” – Mother Teresa

21. “Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” – Sylvia Earle

22. “I have an immoderate passion for water; for the sea, though so vast, so restless, so beyond one’s comprehension.” – Guy de Maupassant

23. “The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.” – Enya

24. “Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.” – Hermann Broch

25. “Being out there in the ocean, God’s creation, it’s like a gift He has given us to enjoy.” – Bethany Hamilton

27. “The sea knows no limits, makes no concessions. It has given us everything and it can take everything away from us.” – John Ajvide Lindqvist

28. “If peace flows like a river, may it flow into the ocean of our souls.” – J. Autherine

29. “Waves tossed themselves against the shore, dragging grit and sand between their nails as they were slowly pulled back out to sea.” – Holly Black

30. “The ocean is everything I want to be. Beautiful, mysterious, wild, and free.” — Unknown

31. “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” – William James

32. “?I have always been fascinated by the ocean, to dip a limb beneath its surface and know that I’m touching eternity, that it goes on forever until it begins here again.” – Lauren DeStefano

33. “Wild waves rise and fall when they arrive and that’s what makes the calm sea alive.” – Munia Khan

34. “I wish I could describe the feeling of being at sea, the anguish, frustration, and fear, the beauty that accompanies threatening spectacles, the spiritual communion with creatures in whose domain I sail.” – Steve Callahan

35. “A pool just isn’t the same as the ocean. It has no energy. No life.” – Linda Gerber

36. “Just think of any negativity that comes at you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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37. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

38. “What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” – Werner Herzog

39. “Dance with the waves, move with the sea, let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” — Christy Ann Martine

40. “The ocean is an object of no small terror.” – Edmund Burke

41. “You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drowning in its monstrosity.”- Alysha Speer

42. “How I long to be the shore and feel your waves crash upon me over and over again.” – Timothy Joshua Chia

43. “If you want to hear the distant voice of the ocean put your ear to the lips of a seashell.” – Curtis Tyrone Jones

44. “Each kiss of an ocean wave is passed along, as long as there is life on and in the seas.” – Anthony T. Hincks

45. “In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” – Rachel Carson

46. “Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that.” – Sylvia Earle

47. “Water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing, in the end, can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone.” – Margaret Atwood

48. “A river starts by longing for the ocean.” – Will Advise

49. “If we look at the ocean in a calm, there is something imposing in its aspect; stretched out in its sleeping tranquility, but looking fearfully deep, and its silence seems like that of the lion when crouching for its prey.” – Jenny M Parker

50. “Waves are the voices of tides. Tides are life. They bring new food for shore creatures and take ships out to sea. They are the ocean’s pulse, and our own heartbeat.” – Tamora Pierce

51. “I’m an ocean, because I’m really deep. If you search deep enough you can find rare exotic treasures.” – Christina Aguilera

52. “I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean.” – Cody Simpson

53. “Every time you dive, you hope you’ll see something new – some new species. Sometimes the ocean gives you a gift, sometimes it doesn’t.” – James Cameron

54. “It’s when I go down to the beach that the waves come up to greet me.” – Anthony T. Hincks

55. “You’re not a wave, you’re a part of the ocean.” – Mitch Albom

56. “Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri

57. “When people who love the ocean come together, they can achieve extraordinary things.” – Frances Beinecke

58. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” –Jacques Cousteau

59. “Life is like the ocean, it goes up and down.” – Vanessa Paradis

60. “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

61. “I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to study the ocean before we destroy it.” – James Cameron

62. “I’m concerned about the ocean and the environment. And I love whales.” – Mayim Bialik

63. “I love the smell of rain, and I love the sound of the ocean waves.” – Amy Purdy

64. “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.” – Beyoncé Knowles

65. “Never underestimate the power of the ocean.” – Heidi Klum

66. “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

67. “You can never turn your back on the ocean.” – Rip Torn

68. “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.“ – Wyland

69. “I’ve always been drawn to the ocean.” – Kenny Chesney

70. “There’s a magical energy and power from the ocean.” – Jo Beverley

71. “Just as every drop of the ocean carries the taste of the ocean, so does every moment carry the taste of eternity.” – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

72. “You don’t understand. You’re not a wave. You’re part of the ocean.” – Morrie Schwartz

73. “Like the ocean that remains calm in its depths even when waves rage over its surface, and like the sun that continues shining on high even during storms, we can at each moment create value and develop our state of life, enjoying our existence to the fullest in times of both suffering and joy.” – Daisaku Ikeda

74. “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.” – Kate Chopin

75. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa

76. “The ocean has always been a salve to my soul.” – Jimmy Buffett

77. “I threw bitter tears at the ocean, but all that came back was the tide.” – Sarah McLachlan

78. “The sea! The sea! The open sea!, The blue, the fresh, the ever free!” – Bryan Procter

79. “Every drop in the ocean counts.” – Yoko Ono

80. “Just as the ocean has waves or the sun has rays, so the minds’s own radiance is its thoughts and emotions.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

81. “There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay

82. “The universe is an ocean upon which we are the waves. While some decide to surf, others venture to dive.” – Charbel Tadros

83. “The ocean was magical to her, its depths and mysteries were boundless, its call irresistible.” – Jeff Mariotte

84. “You will love the ocean. It makes you feel small, but not in a bad way. Small because you realize you’re part of something bigger.” – Lauren Myracle

85. “If  the ocean can calm itself, so can you. We are both salt water mixed with air.” Nayyirah Waheed

86. “Summer is calling me with the music of an ocean breeze. I must go dance with the waves of love.” – Debasish Mridha

87. “You could start now, and spend another forty years learning about the sea without running out of new things to know.” – Peter Benchley

88. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi

89. “You can either see yourself as a wave in the ocean or you can see yourself as the ocean.” – Oprah Winfrey

90. “The ocean has a life of its own. Its tides, whirlpools, currents and eddies are a testament to its conflicting emotions.” – Anthony T. Hincks

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