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27 Beautiful Ocean Quotes That Make You Want To Protect Them

27 Beautiful Ocean Quotes

To highlight our oceans’ fragility and the abundance of life they support, I have pulled together 27 beautiful ocean quotes.

These quotes stir the mind and, in doing so, remind us of the ocean’s beauty and the joy that they bring.


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Beautiful ocean quotes

“When anxious, uneasy, and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”

 – Rainer Maria Rilke

“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.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“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

“To me, the sea is like a person–like a child that I’ve known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it.

I never feel alone when I’m out there.”

 – Gertrude Ederle

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“Bliss is the ocean, a towel on the sand, the sun out, the chance to swim in waves or walk dragging a stick behind you, a good book, a cold drink.”

 – Deb Caletti

“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

“I felt the full breadth and depth of the ocean around the sphere of the Earth, back billions of years to the beginning of life, across all the passing lives and deaths, 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

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface, and he is free.”

 – Jacques Cousteau

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“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea.”

 – Sylvia Earle

“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”

Henry Beston

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“Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course.

It happened to me … on that summer’s day, when my eyes were opened to the sea.”

 – Jacques Cousteau

“The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.”

 – Jules Verne

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“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shorebirds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.”

  – Rachel Carson

“Nothing’s ever the same,” she said. “Be it a second later or a hundred years. It’s always churning and roiling. And people change as much as oceans.”

 – Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane)

“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. “

 – President John F. Kennedy

“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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“At night, when the sky is full of stars and the sea is still, you get the wonderful sensation that you are floating in space.”

Natalie Wood 

“When anxious, uneasy, and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.”
 – Sandy Gingras

“Without water, our planet would be one of the billions of lifeless rocks floating endlessly in the vastness of the inky-black void.”
  – Fabien Cousteau

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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

“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 Barr

In Summary

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful ocean quotes and feel moved to help protect our oceans and beaches. Why not volunteer for a beach cleanup in your area or donate a little cash to support a worthwhile ocean charity.

In the meantime, here are a few links to related articles on this website. 


A proud father of two boys, an amateur actor, and a green living enthusiast, Mark has been sharing hints, tips, and sustainable living content on his website Sustainability Dad since august 2019.

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