The Quotable Sailor

Edited by Christopher Caswell
Reviewed by Jan Hetland


Anyone who loves sailing will be entertained by this book. Its quotes span the centuries from Homer's Odyssey right up to the America's Cup. It is filled with quotes from famous and not so famous people. The content, along with the pleasing print and layout make this 240 page book very readable. The book is divided into eight categories. A sample of some of the quotes follow.

The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is a poetry of sailing as old as the world.
- Antoine De Sainte-Exupery

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing --- absolutely nothing---half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
- Kenneth Grahame

I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls.
- Hugo Vihlen

On Racing -

They're not even covering us anymore.
- Paul Cayard

I don't think they're even looking back!
- Tom Whidden

At the end of the book there is a list of all the authors cited, plus brief notes on some of them. I recomend this book for some great winter reading.

This book is available at your local book store or favorite online retailer.

Publisher: Globe Pequot Press