January 12, 2009

Seasteading quotes

We’re looking for quotes for the front page that capture the essence of seasteading. Things like:

* “If you want to build a ship, do not drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
* One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. – André Gide
* I am interested in politics so that someday I will not have to be interested in politics. – Unknown

Please comment here with your ideas.

7 Comments on “Seasteading quotes

Carl Pålsson
January 12, 2009 at 11:18 am

 They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

Sir Francis Bacon
Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.
Christopher Reeve
When beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean’s skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.
Herman Melville
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
Living in the ocean means never having to salt your food.
Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata
The ocean is a body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.
Ambrose Bierce
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude or the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.
Author Unknown
Lasse Birk Olesen
January 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Your third one seems to be Ayn Rand:

January 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm

“I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, tapestry, and porcelain.” – John Adams

January 14, 2009 at 3:47 pm

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."  – Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776

"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will." – Frederick Douglass

Carl Pålsson
January 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm

 Samuel Adams sounds like a pretty hard core dude. I like. The Douglass quote is also very good.

February 9, 2009 at 8:39 pm

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

– Daniel Webster, Jun. 17, 1825

Michael Keenan
March 21, 2009 at 5:49 am

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. – Buckminster Fuller

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