Nautical thoughts for the day

I like to issue a clever, philosophical or funny thought for the day on Twitter, usually with a sailing or adventure context and, where possible, confined to one line. Here are some of my favourites:

The man who can’t steer a steady course thinks the sail trimmer can’t trim.
Have a care, therefore, where there is more sail than ballast. (William Penn)
Footprints in the sand of time are not made by sitting down.
Only dead fish swim with the stream. (A clever riposte to “Gentlemen don’t sail to weather”)
It has always been and always will be the same in the world: The crew does the work and the owner gets the trophy. 
Sailing doesn’t build character, it reveals it.
A ship in harbour is safe – but that’s not what ships are for. (John A Shedd).
He that sails by himself never misses a tack.
Fear of the storm is to be feared more than the storm itself.
Learning sailing by reading is like making love by email.
When you’re young the greatest danger is not to take risks.
The test of a crew mate’s character is how he behaves in a storm.
Better a misspent youth than an unspent one.
We judge ourselves by how far we are going to sail, others judge us by how far we have sailed.
Better to wear out your shoes than your pyjamas.
To be a good crewmember you must be prepared to be taught many things you already know.
Never haul on a line if you don’t know what it’s attached to.
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steer’d. (Shakespeare).

And my favourite: Sail in the wind you have, not the wind you wish you had.