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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
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.
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.
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.
He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.
He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience.
Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows.
If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.
The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind.
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 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.
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
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!
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.
Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails.
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.
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'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.
There is no trophy for the team that sails the most.
You run the risk, whenever you build your story around a central mystery, of either letting it go too long, or revealing it too soon and then taking the wind out of the sails of the narrative.
Nothing beats a private visit to Number Ten or Chequers to take the wind out of rebellious sails.
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.
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