The wild rains of the day are abated; the great single cloud disparts and rolls away from heaven, not passing and leaving a sea all sapphire, but tossed buoyant before a continued, long-sounding, high-rushing moonlight tempest. The moon reigns glorious, glad of the gale, as glad as if she gave herself to his fierce caress with love.
by Charlotte Bronte
Once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back,
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song,
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
To hear the sea-maid's music.
~ A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
It was one January morning, very earlya pinching, frosty morningthe cove all grey with hoar-frost, the ripple lapping softly on the stones, the sun still low and only touching the hilltops and shining far to seaward.
~ Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Only the sound of the waves pounding remained, a roar no man could still.
~ A Feast for Crows
by George R. R. Martin
Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects.
~ The Little Mermaid
by Hans Christian Andersen
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship."
~ Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
And then, the unspeakable purity - and freshness of the air! There was just enough heat to enhance the value of the breeze, and just enough wind to keep the whole sea in motion, to make the waves come bounding to the shore, foaming and sparkling, as if wild with glee.
~ Agnes Grey
by Anne Bronte
It is only when we are very happy, that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony, to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay. When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness, and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys.
~ The Scarlet Pimpernel
by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
There is no more thrilling sensation I know of than sailing. It comes as near to flying as man has got to yet - except in dreams.
~ Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerome
I would not creep along the coast but steer
Out in mid-sea, by guidance of the stars.
by George Eliot