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I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.
— John F. Kennedy

fighting-naturalist:

"Break, break, break,
On thy cold grey stones, O sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
All the thoughts that arise in me.”

from “Break, Break, Break” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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
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, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh