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Wise Words on World Ocean Day

June 8, 2011

Today is World Ocean Day, a day when we remember what this blue planet means to us and what we can all do to help it.  Many great organizations are writing on how we can all help out the ocean.  The best posts can be found over at RTSea Blogthe Huffington Post,TreeHugger, and OceanWire.   And truly, I could not improve upon them.

So instead, today I offer some of my favorite ocean quotes to consider as we give thanks to this blue planet.

Your attention swings from wonders to marvels and back again.  You begin to say things to yourself, gasps of surprise, inarticulate sounds of awe, you are troubled with a terrible sense of loss that (as the case may be) twenty, thirty, or fifty years of your life have passed, and gone without you knowing of the ease of entry into this new world.

William Beebe, early 20th century naturalist

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.

— Isak Dinesen

[W]ith or without either our help or hindrances the earth’s reefs will go and then come again, as long as the sun delivers its rays and the waters flow.  Whatever role we might play in the next great extinction will surely have less effect on the tenacious reemergence of reef-builders than it will on us.  Reefs, we know, can survive without us.  The opposite may not be true.

— Julia Whitty, from ‘The Fragile Edge’

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.

— Lord Byron, from ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgramage’

You have to love it before you are moved to save it.

— Sylvia Earle

In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which is of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil. They penetrate, however, rudderless or compassless into the vast ocean of the “light ineffable,” and again, like the adventures of the Nubian geographer, “agressi sunt mare tenebrarum, quid in eo esset exploraturi.”

— Edgar Allan Poe, from the short story ‘Eleanora’

(Photo Image: Diver with Manta Ray.  Credit: Unknown, found at Ocean Love Potion.)

(Photo Image: Common Dolphins and Bait Ball. Credit: Unknown, found at Voice of the Ocean.)

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