For those who love the sea and the ships that sail on her, the words of the poet are especially meaningful. Consider these excerpts:
Let's begin with the famous quote of Rat to his pal Mole as he rows his boat in Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame.
. . . said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Or how about Ella Wheeler Wilcox who penned:
"One ship sails east and another sails west, With the self-same winds that blow. Tis the set of the sail and not the gale which determines the way they go. As the winds of the sea are the ways of fate, as we voyage along through life, Tis the act of the soul that determines the goal, and not the calm or the strife."
And then there is my personal favorite by John Masefield, from Sea Fever.
"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by . . . "
I have found that sailors seem to have a quote that they revere and will quote and the drop of a Greek fisherman's hat to explain their enchantment with sailing, boats, and the sea.
My recent client, Diamond Neeley, revealed his own favorite when we were designing his mural of south Florida. He wanted to have our cartouche on the wall, but he wanted the scroll to be much larger and have his favorite quote from Ernest Hemingway.
So we at Nautical Chart Wallpaper redesigned a version of our cartouche to accommodate the poetry of sailors who want their favorite quote as an important component of their mural. Here is Diamond's Ernest Hemingway quote in our new cartouche . . .
. . . and here is how it appears in his mural layout.
I bet that got the ship's wheel in your mind turning!
Now it is time for you to think about what your favorite sea-going quote might be.
Call Nautical Chart Wallpaper at 801-367-7945, or drop us a line at email@example.com and we'll help you immortalize your pearl of wisdom into a mural of your favorite sailing chart!