"This is the wisdom of the sea, its essential paradox. It quickens us, extends us, prompts feats of innovation and courage, then washes them all away. No trace remains; man and mountain yield to the levelling force of the sea. In its omnipotence, its beauty and its purity, the sea is the earthly manifestation of the divine. Building a vessel and crossing a body of water is a transcendent achievement, and afterwards nothing in this life quite compares.”
- Philip Marsden, The Levelling Sea, Harper Press, London, 2011, page 9
There are good ships
and there are wood ships,
the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships
and may they always be.
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