Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday 13: Oceans 13

13 photos... 13 quotes.

Actually 12 quotes and a YouTube song.

What an inspiration it is to see the ocean! It does something to you, if you let it. You can feel the power of the ocean and it can be life changing. We have just arrived home from having just done a 15-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles, primarily to experience the Panama Canal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Truly amazing!

“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”Arthur C. Clarke
Contemplating life as the churning water rolled out from the cruise ship's propellers.

"Oh God thy sea is so great and my boat is so small."
The author is unknown, but this line is part of a traditional prayer called the Breton Fisherman’s Prayer. It originated among the fisherman of Brittany and has been widely used among the scouting and girl guide organizations. President J. F. Kennedy had a plaque on his desk inscribed with this prayer.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”Andre Gide
Self-portrait of Nick Jaffe, who left Holland September 17, 2007 for Australia all by himself in a 26-foot sailboat. 880 days later he reached his goal.

"The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channelled toward some great good." - Brian Tracey
photo by Nick Jaffe approaching Palmyra atoll, Pacific Ocean

“love builds up the broken wall

and straightens the crooked path.

love keeps the stars in the firmament

and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides

each of us is created of it

and i suspect

each of us was created for it”
Maya Angelou

"I dropped a tear in the ocean, and whenever they find it I'll stop loving you, only then."

“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.”Isaac Newton

"Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laugh at you."Jim Rohn

"The movie that's had the most effect on me is Jaws. To this day when I'm in the ocean, I'm hearing that music."Judd Nelson

“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.”Albert Schweitzer

“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
Our last stop on the cruise was at Cabo San Lucis where we visited with a friend who is preparing to build an orphanage there.

“May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam.”

I have fond memories of singing this little "action song" as a little kid. We would do all the motions as we sang it... but I know for sure that we never sounded this good!


  1. This is a fabulous collection. Of course, Maya Angelou is always my favorite.
    Happy T13!

  2. I grew up on a peninsula and feel like the ocean is part of my blood. I'm now in the mountains. This was a nice little vacation that made me homesick.

  3. Ah, the sea! I love to visit it and then usually am quite happy to leave it to return to my mountains. Lovely quotes and pictures.

  4. How creative and awesome! I loved how you chronicled your cruise and had the quotes.

  5. Lovely Sherwin - I have always thought the lyrics to "how great thou art" should have included the ocean...