The sea .. washes away the stains and wounds of the world.
Oscar Wilde “De Profundis” 1905
The sea is as near as we come to another world.
Anne Stevenson “Poems 1955-2005” 2005
The sea, everywhere the sea, and no one looking at it.
Dany LaFerrière “Heading. South” 2009
The sea has neither meaning nor pity.
Anton Chekhov “Gusev” 1890
isn’t a place
but a fact, and
Mary Oliver “The Waves” 1986
I live; I die; the sea comes over me; it’s the blue that lasts.
Virginia Woolf “Melymbrosia” 1912
The sea remains the last place to which you can run away.
My imagination lives near the sea and under the sea.
Iris Murdoch “Crest of a Wave” Daily Mail, 23 Nov. 1978
events were the mere froth of things, and one’s true interest should be the sea
Chloe Aridjis “Sea Monsters” 2019
but I know that the sea comes before and after me
Albert Camus “The Sea Close By” 1967
The sea is everything .. it is the Living Infinite.
Jules Verne “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” 1870
There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath
Herman Melville “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale” 1851
If there were no oceans, would we have our souls?
Philip Hoare “RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR” 2017
If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.
Rachel Carson, National Book Award Acceptance Speech, 1952
The sea has many voices, Many gods and many voices.
T. S. Eliot “Four Quartets: The Dry Salvages” 1941
The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Standing looking out to sea can be a bit like standing at an altar. You wait in silence for some sort of benediction. If prayer could have a physical destination, this would be it: not the sky but the sea.
Jean Sprackland “Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach” 2012
If timelessness exists anywhere on Earth, it is not in sight of the sea.
David Gange “The Frayed Atlantic Edge: A Historian’s Journey from Shetland to the Channel” 2019
I love the sea but the sea does not love me.
Tim Winton “Land’s Edge: A Coastal Memoir” 1993
Look at the sea. What does it care about offences?
James Joyce “Ulysses” 1922
The sea is the sea.
Ernest Hemingway “Selected Letters 1917-1961” 1981
All photos of the Baltic Sea by Beach Books.