The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.
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- The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.
- No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.
- How happy is the sailor’s life, from coast to coast to roam; in every port he finds a wife, in every land a home.
- The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him.
- We must hold a man amenable to reason for the choice of his daily craft or profession. It is not an excuse any longer for his deeds that they are the custom of his trade. What business has he with an evil trade?
- There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom.