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I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.
It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.
If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.
He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.
One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It's the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience.
The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind.
Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails.
Some people may say my curved panels look like sails. Well, I am a sailor, so I guess I probably do use that metaphor in my work - though not consciously.
Wisdom sails with wind and time.
I'm not a big fan of kids' movies that have this knowing snarkiness to them or this post-modern take on storytelling. I think that sails right over the heads of most kids. There's something to be said for a well-told fairy tale. There's a reason that these mythic stories stay with us.
John C. Reilly
I had been feeling a little rum. I didn't think it was anything serious because years ago I felt a lump and it was benign. I assumed this would be too. It kind of takes the wind out of your sails, and I don't know what the future holds, if anything.
Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows.
In my grammar school years back in the 1920s I used my ten-cents-a-week allowance for Saturday matinees of Douglas Fairbanks movies. All that swashbuckling and leaping about in the midst of the sails of ships!
I've always loved the songs of the sea. I was first introduced to them back in 1957, at the Old Town School of Folk Music. I used to go to Pete Seeger concerts, and he would do songs like 'Ruben Ranzo' and talk about how the sailors sang songs to do their work - to raise the anchors, pull up the sails and that sort of thing.
Windmills, which are used in the great plains of Holland and North Germany to supply the want of falling water, afford another instance of the action of velocity. The sails are driven by air in motion - by wind.
Hermann von Helmholtz
I wanted to make sure that 'Up' wasn't a 3D movie about a man who sails his house to South America. It's a movie about an old man who sails his house to South America that also happens to be in 3D. So the first thing is always the story.
When you do a record like 'Talk,' and you're happy with it, and it reaches your ambitions and then doesn't sell as well as you wanted, it kind of takes the wind out of your sails a little.
There is no trophy for the team that sails the most.
Nothing beats a private visit to Number Ten or Chequers to take the wind out of rebellious sails.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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