“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 of to watch it,
we are going back from whence we came.”
I’ve always loved this quote by John F. Kennedy. I find the notion that we are connected to the ocean so mystical and compelling, and I think it explains the longing that a lot of us feel when we stand in front of the sea. Whether I’m standing on a cold and windy cliff-top, watching this vast expanse of water and life stretch out to the distant horizon, or submerged under the waves below; the sea feels like home to me.
“Why do we love the sea?
It is because it has some
potent power to make us think
things we like to think.”
– Robert Henri
“Doesn’t it seem to you
that the mind moves more freely
in the presence of that boundless expanse;
That the sight of the ocean
elevates the soul and gives rise to
thoughts of the infinite and the ideal.”
– Gustave Flaubert
“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“She loved the sea.
She liked the sharp
salty smell of the air,
and the vastness
of the horizons
bounded only by a vault
of azure sky above.
It made her feel small,
but free as well.”
― George R.R. Martin
Surfer: Mollie Erskine
Location: Harlyn Bay, Cornwall, UK