100 Beautiful Ocean Quotes

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Are you longing for the ocean? If you can’t wait for your next holiday at the beach or the next sailing trip around the ocean, read on. The oceans of the world hold many mysteries that are yet to be uncovered. They are incredibly beautiful, filled with life, but at the same time, they can be quite humbling and even terrifying. This collection of beautiful ocean quotes raises awareness for the magnificence of the ocean. (PS: If you love quotes, you may also like our collection of kindness quotes).

The vastness and beauty of the ocean are awe-inspiring. From biologists and scientists to divers and sailors, the ocean and its entire ecosystem is the subject of fascination, curiosity, and joy for millions of people all around the world.

“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

Around 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by the ocean. It is the home for more than 2.2 million known species and possibly others that are yet to be discovered. The depth of the ocean is in itself amazingly fascinating and has become the subject for many thrilling pieces of fiction.

Ocean quotes

Enjoy reading the following selection of the finest ocean quotes

For many of us, the ocean is an integral part of our daily lives. Perhaps you too are drawn to the magnetic power of the ocean. You may enjoy taking refreshing walks on the beach just as much as watching the romantic sunset at night. If you love the ocean just as much as we do, you’ll definitely like the following collection of quotes about the sea.

100 Beautiful Ocean Quotes

It’s not always easy to find the right words to articulate the vastness and might of the ocean. Luckily, many of the world’s most renowned authors, poets, scientists, and philosophers have developed a deep affection for the ocean during their lifetimes. As such, they have found marvelous words to describe the beauty of the ocean. Enjoy reading!


Here’s our collection of inspirational ocean quotes

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Ocean quote

“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

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Quote about the ocean

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

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Power of the ocean

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

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Beneath the surface

“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.”
Dave Barry

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Quote about the sea

“There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it’s audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers.”
Cecelia Ahern

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

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“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

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“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of you are found all the aspects of existence.”
Kahlil Gibran Jr.

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“The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you.”
Beyoncé Knowles

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“Doesn’t it seem to you that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?”
Gustave Flaubert

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“It’s the sound of the sea that makes you believe in mermaids.”
Anthony T.Hincks

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“I felt the full breadth and depth of the ocean around the sphere of the Earth, […] the endless waves of swimming joy and quiet losses of exquisite creatures with fins and fronds, tentacles and wings, colorful and transparent, tiny and huge, coming and going. There is nothing the ocean has not seen”
Sally Andrew

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“I couldn’t imagine living in a state that didn’t reach the ocean. It was a giant reset button. You could go to the edge of the land and see infinity and feel renewed.”
Avery Sawyer

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“Whenever I find myself growing grim […] I quietly take to the ship. Almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.”
Herman Melville

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

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“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

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“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

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

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“The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall.”
Virginia Woolf

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“Vicinity to the sea is desirable, because it is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else, and because bathing and basking on the shore cannot be considered an employment but only an apotheosis of loafing.”
E.F. Benson

These ocean quotes are truly beautiful

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

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“There are always waves on the water. Sometimes they are big, sometimes they are small, and sometimes they are almost imperceptible. The water’s waves are churned up by the winds, which come and go and vary in direction and intensity, just as do the winds of stress and change in our lives, which stir up the waves in our minds.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

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

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“There is something about the ocean that never fails to amaze me, the way she never fails to kiss the shores even though she is sent away, the way her waves can be both calm and terrifying and the way she never fails to soothe my soul.”
Tilicia Haridat

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

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“When she saw the waves crashing on the shore, her heart leaped inside her in excitement. She still had a love affair with the ocean.”
Sharon Brubake

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“When we walk along the beach and feel the sand beneath our toes and then the surf sends small waves to gently caress our feet; then we smell the saltiness upon the wind; that is when we know that we have come home from whence we came.”
Anthony T. Hincks

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

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“What she really loved was to hang over the edge and watch the bow of the ship slice through the waves. She loved it especially when the waves were high and the ship rose and fell.”
Kristin Cashore

Ocean quotes like this truly make you dream

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“Her happiness floated like waves of ocean along the coast of her life. She found lyrics of her life in his arms but she never sang her song.”
Santosh Kalwar

32.

“I was happy anywhere I could see the ocean.”
Ai Yazawa

33.

“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

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“I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me.”
Gary Paulsen

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

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

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“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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“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

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“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.”
E.E. Cummings

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

The next ocean quote is so marvelous

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“A full moon sprinkled the black ocean with diamonds, and she could imagine fairies dancing in the silver foam that laced the huge, dark waves.”
Patricia Hagan

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“Mouseclick The ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”
Alexandra Christo

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“Ah, well, then you’ve never stood on a beach as the waves came crashing in, the water stretching out from you until it’s beyond sight, moving and blue and alive and so much bigger than even the black beyond seems because the ocean hides what it contains.”
Patrick Ness

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“‎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

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“What an incomparable creature is the sea!”
Julian Hawthorne

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“The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities… If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.”
Rachel Carson

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

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“The deep roar of the ocean. The break of waves on farther shores that thought can find. The silent thunders of the deep. And from among it, voices calling, and yet not voices, humming trillings, wordlings, and half-articulated songs of thought.”
Douglas Adams

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“The ocean was the best place, of course. That was what she loved most. It was a feeling of freedom like no other, and yet a feeling of communion with all the other places and creatures the water touched.”
Ann Brashares

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“Water seeks its own level. Look at them. The Tigris, the Euphrates, the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Yangtze. The world’s great rivers. And every one of them finds its way to the ocean.”
Alison McGhee

These ocean quotes are always so on point

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“Water is the driving force in nature.”
Leonardo da Vinci

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“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Be water, my friend.”
Bruce Lee

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“The waves came up towards us, fumbling and gnawing at the beach like an immense soft mouth.”
Ross Macdonald

54.

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

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“[The sea] is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.”
Anthony Doerr

56.

“I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.”
Gustave Flaubert

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

58.

“The sea beckoned to me, and all reality was lost—swept away in the entrancing song of the tide.”
Meredith T. Taylor

59.

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

60.

“Sand lines my soul which is filled with the breath of the ocean.”
A.D. Posey

61.

“The ocean has a rhythm, but it has no heart.”
Christina Henry

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

63.

“The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.”
Virginia Woolf

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“The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.”
Cornelia Funke

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“Little islands are all large prisons; one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.”
Sir Richard Francis Burton

66.

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are an ocean in a drop.”
Joy N. Hensley

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

68.

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

69.

“Don’t spend your entire life building a ship, without ever tasting the salt of the ocean.”
Alexander Den Heijer

70.

“We have the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us”
Suzanne van der Veeken

71.

“And as the drop kissed the ocean, it became the ocean itself.”
Sw. Chidananda Tirtha

72.

“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

73.

“They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all.”
D.H. Lawrence

74.

“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”
Nikos Kazantzakis

75.

“Sea, I am like you, filled with broken voices,”
Guillaume Apollinaire

76.

“All rivers pay homage to the ocean for it lies lowest.”
Jeffrey Fry

77.

“The sea, he thought, had treasured its memories deeper than the faithless land.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

78.

“Life is like an ocean, jump right in.”
Cliff Hannold

79.

“Only you could have won me away from the sea. I came back from the ends of the earth for you.”
George R.R. Martin

80.

“Beneath the foggy sky the glowing sea is hazy, the soft light of a scarf over a lamp.”
Melissa Barbeau

81.

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

82.

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

83.

“If the private life of the sea could ever be transposed onto paper, it would talk not about rivers or rain or glaciers or of molecules of oxygen and hydrogen, but of the millions of encounters its waters have shared with creatures of another nature.”
Federico Chini

84.

“So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.”
Virginia Woolf

85.

“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

86.

“I have always been consumed with one desire; to touch and see as much as possible of the earth and the sea before I die.”
Nikos Kazantzakis

87.

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

88.

“The sea was like another member of the household, a recalcitrant child at times, a soothing aunt at others. She crooned them awake; she crooned them to sleep. Everywhere, there was the smell of salt.”
Hala Alyan

89.

“Find comfort in the rhythm of the sea.”
Charlotte Eriksson

90.

“A fragrant breeze wandered up from the quiet sea, trailed along the beach, and drifted back to the sea again, wondering where to go next. On a mad impulse, it went up to the beach again. It drifted back to sea.”
Douglas Adams

91.

“The ocean is both my mistress and my lover. How else can I explain her salty kiss that is still on my lips.”
Anthony T. Hincks

92.

“The most interesting feeling when watching an ocean is this: It seems like something will come from the distant horizon but actually nothing comes!”
Mehmet Murat Ildan

93.

“You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself floweth in your veins.”
Thomas Traherne

94.

“It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth, and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

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“Those who did not know the ocean well forgot its solidity, its brutality. When it slammed into them with the force of cold metal they were appalled.”
Robert Galbraith

96.

“And this feeling of moving with the earth was somewhat like the feeling of being in the ocean, out in the ocean beyond this rising and falling of the breakers, lying on the moving water, pulsing gently with the swells, and feeling the gentle, inexorable tug of the moon.”
Madeleine L’Engle

97.

“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

98.

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

99.

“As long as I have air in my lungs, I will have the wind in my sails.”
Anthony T. Hincks

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“The sea has boundless patience.”
Craig Robertson

I hope you enjoyed this collection of marvelous ocean quotes.

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