„And pray, what in sea language is meant by a ship?“

— Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander (1970)
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— Edmund Waller English poet and politician 1606 - 1687
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— Duke Ellington American jazz musician, composer and band leader 1899 - 1974
Section title and eponymous song of A Concert of Sacred Music (1965).

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„The Republican Party is the ship and all else is the sea around us.“

— Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
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„A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.“

— William Greenough Thayer Shedd American theologian 1820 - 1894
Attributed without citation in Gary Ninneman, C.I.A.: Church in Atrophy (Xulon Press, 2006), p. 167. This is possibly a confusion with John Augustus Shedd.

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„A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for.“

— Sarah Palin American politician 1964
Taken from a quote of Grace Hopper. Invoked by Palin at her introduction by Senator John McCain as his choice for the Republican Vice Presidential nomination on .

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