Sermon quotes on seas

Dante Alighieri

My course is set for an uncharted sea.

E.E. Cummings

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

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Source Unknown

A troublemaker is a man who can rock the boat and persuade everybody there’s a terrible storm at sea.


Source Unknown

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.


Franz Kafka

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.


C.S. Lewis

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

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William Shakespeare

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,-
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never. 

Much Ado About Nothing


Lemony Snicket

A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded. 



St. John Chrysostom

The disciples are tossed on the waves again. They are in a storm, fully as bad as the previous one. Gently and by degrees he excites and urges the disciples on toward greater responsiveness, even to the point of bearing all things nobly. Whereas in the previous storm they had him with them in the ship, now they were alone by themselves…Now he is leading them into a greater degree of challenge…This was all for their training, that they might not look for some easy hope of preservation from any earthly source…He cast them directly into a situation in which they would have a greater longing for him and a continual remembrance of him.

The Gospel of Matthew Homily 50.1, from The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture