Sailing: A Reflection on Life

One ship sails east and another sails west
With the self-same winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sail and not the gale
Which determines the way they go.
As the winds of the sea are the ways of fate
As we voyage along through life,
Tis the act of the soul that determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.

--Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind." --Webb Chiles

"Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel." --August Hare

"The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator." --Edmund Gibbon

"I can't change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." --Jimmy Dean

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." --William Arthur Ward

“It is how the sails are set and adjusted, not the direction of the wind that determines which way the boat goes.” --Jim Rohn

"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor." --Oliver Wendel Holmes

"If something can't be repaired when it gets broken, then maybe it shouldn't be worth carrying on board." --Lin and Larry Pardey

"The sail, the play of its pulse is so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." --Henry David Thoreau

"It's out there at sea that you are really yourself." --Vito Dumas

"Storms are dreadful. But if all there is is calmness, the easiness could undermine the spirit." --Anonymous

“Here is a hard reality: Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” --Warren Buffett

“Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.” --Jean-Paul Sartre

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” --Fitzhugh Dodson

“I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.” --Louisa May Alcott

"To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift." --Franklin D. Roosevelt

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." --William Shedd

"If one does not know to which port he is sailing, no wind is favorable." --Seneca