65 Dock Quotes On Success In Life

These dock quotes will inspire you. Dock to haul or guide into or alongside a dock or a structure extending alongshore or out from the shore into a body of water, to which boats may be moored.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging dock quotes, dock sayings, and dock proverbs.

Best Dock Quotes

  1. “If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.” ~ Arthur Goldberg
  2. “Most people stand on the dock of life waiting for their ship to come in when deep down inside they know it has never left port.” ~ Zig Ziglar
  3. “One will never reach distant shores, if he chooses to remain upon the dock, In fear his little ship of dreams may be dashed against the rocks.” ~ Fethullah Gulen
  4. “Sittin’ here resting my bones, this loneliness won’t leave me alone. Two thousand miles I roam, just to make this dock my home. I’m just gon’ sit at the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away. Sittin’ on the dock of the bay, wastin’ time.” ~ Otis Redding
  5. “I’ve learned… That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.” ~ Andy Rooney

  6. “I would rather sail and hit a rock than sit and rot in dry dock.” ~ Lester Roloff
  7. “A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own.” ~ H. G. Wells
  8. “A ship in dock, surrounded by quays and the walls of warehouses, has the appearance of a prisoner meditating upon freedom in the sadness of a free spirit put under restraint.” ~ Joseph Conrad
  9. “If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea.
    You have to get out past the harbor into the great depths of God, and begin to know things for yourself….beg in to have spiritual discernment.
    Beware of paying attention or going back to what you once were, when God wants you to be something that you have never been.” ~ Oswald Chambers
  10. “The hardest work begins in dry dock.” ~ Sam Wineburg

  11. “We’re all like the little sailor. From the harbors we hear the strains of accordions and the murky soapy noises of the docks, from the mountains we receive the dish of silence that the shepherds eat, but we don’t hear more than our own distances. And what distances without end and without doors and without mountains!” ~ Federico Garcia Lorca
  12. “Even when one sits in the prisoner’s dock, it is interesting to hear talk about oneself.” ~ Albert Camus
  13. “I worry that I’ll go down to the dock, and that my ship will have already come and gone. I’ll miss my boat.” And we say, another boat, another boat, another boat. You have no idea how many boats are coming to your dock. It’s a steady stream, and it doesn’t matter how many of them you’ve missed.” ~ Esther Hicks
  14. “I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him. [- Nick Carroway]” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  15. “When the ship docks, I’m getting off with you. This is crazy. I know it doesn’t make any sense, that’s why I trust it.” ~ James Cameron

  16. “Cassandra wondered at the mind’s cruel ability to toss up flecks of the past. Why, as she neared her life’s end, her grandmother’s head should ring with the voices of people long since gone. Was it always this way? Did those with passage booked on death’s silent ship always scan the dock for faces of the long-departed?” ~ Kate Morton
  17. “It doesn’t make any sense… that’s why I trust it!” ~ Kate Winslet
  18. “God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.” ~ C. S. Lewis
  19. “”If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay,” said Gatsby. “You always have a green light that burns at the end of your dock.” Daisy put her arm through his abruptly but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to him, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted things had diminished by one.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  20. “Nothing teems But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, Losing both beauty and utility.” ~ William Shakespeare

  21. “The Universe is a big ship and its captain is the Laws of Physics! The bad news is that there seems to be no safe harbour to dock and no lifeboats if we sink!” ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan
  22. “The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, Conceives by idleness, and nothing teems But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burrs, Losing both beauty and utility.” ~ William Shakespeare
  23. “I never had the high-paying job or the company car. It took me over a decade to pay off my student loans. I never had to worry about where to dock my yacht to reduce my taxes.” ~ Christine O’Donnell
  24. “We are like sailors who have to rebuild their ship on the open sea, without ever being able to dismantle it in dry-dock and reconstruct it from the best components.” ~ Otto Neurath
  25. “I have trouble with seafood because it tastes like a dock.” ~ Douglas Coupland

  26. “The steamship whose machinery is broken may be brought into port and made fast to the dock. She is safe, but not sound. Repairs may last a long time. Christ designs to make us both safe and sound. Justification gives the first – safety; sanctification gives us the second – soundness.” ~ Agatha Christie
  27. “There was nothing new in sitting on this dock, on this or that wooden bench, watching for his boat to come. In some ways, she was always waiting for him.” ~ Ann Brashares
  28. “O would, beloved, that you lay
    Under the dock-leaves in the ground,
    While lights were paling one by one.” ~ William Butler Yeats
  29. “It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own.” ~ H. G. Wells

  30. “But never had he felt more enthralled than he was right now, sitting beside Evie on a weathered old dock, with a blazing afternoon sun, almost brutal in its clarity, bathing everything in pure light. Sweat trickled down his back and chest from the steamy heat, and his entire body pulsed with life. Even his fingertips throbbed. It took all of his formidable self-control to prevent himself from pushing her down on the dock and spreading her legs for his entry.” ~ Linda Howard
  31. “To sit in solemn silence on a dull, dark dock in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock from a cheap and chippy chopper on a big, black block.” ~ W. S. Gilbert
  32. “Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that you toast in champagne. On the contrary, it’s hard graft and a long-distance run, all alone, very exhausting. Alone in a dreary room, alone in the dock before the judges, and alone to make up your mind, before yourself and before the judgement of others. At the end of every freedom there is a sentence, which is why freedom is too heavy to bear.” ~ Albert Camus
  33. “The first thing I did when I got inside was turn on the kitchen light. Then I moved to the table, putting my dad’s iPod on the speaker dock, and a Bob Dylan song came on, the notes familiar. I went into the living room, hitting the switch there, then down the hallway to my room, where I did the same. It was amazing what a little noise and brightness could do to a house and a life, how much the smallest bit of each could change everything. After all these years of just passing through, I was beginning to finally feel at home.” ~ Sarah Dessen
  34. “For about a year, I just didn’t know what to do. I did laboring jobs, working in the docks, construction sites.” ~ Daniel Day-Lewis

  35. “If zoos are like arks, then rare animals are like passengers on a voyage of the damned, never to find a port that will let them dock or a land in which they can live in peace. The real solution, of course, is to preserve the wild nature that created these animals and has the power to sustain them. But if it is really true that we are inevitably moving towards a world in which mountain gorillas can survive only in zoos, then we must ask whether it is really better for them to live in artificial environments of our design than not to be born at all.” ~ Peter Singer
  36. “Maybe you’re getting into the rhythm of sailing life,” says James. He looks out at the waves that are rolling in to lap against the dock. “You know, the tides going in and then out, the wind blowing east and then west, the high of a perfect day out on the water, the low of a thunderstorm or a wind that won’t go your way.” ~ Melissa Walker
  37. “She couldn’t read his expression. As he started toward her, she recalled the way he’d seemed to glide through the sand the first time she’d ever seen him; she remembered their kiss on the boat dock the night of his sister’s wedding. And she heard again the words she’d said to him on the day they’d said good-bye. She was besieged by a storm of conflicting emotions—desire, regret, longing, fear, grief, love. There was so much to say, yet what could they really begin to say in this awkward setting and with so much time already passed?” ~ Nicholas Sparks
  38. “The little people will get even, which is one of a thousand reasons why they are not little people at all. If you’re a jerk as a leader, you will be torpedoed. And usually it won’t be by your vice presidents; it will be on the loading dock at 3am when no supervisors are around.” ~ Tom Peters
  39. “Unlike landed white men, she didn’t need to climb mountains to experience mystic panic. All she needed was to set her alarm dock for the next morning, wake when it rang, and go to class.” ~ Sherman Alexie

  40. “The settle, followed by 10 for power will give you that grasp on their nuts that you need. Once you’ve got that, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze and squeeze and don’t ever let up! You’ll just be breaking 1500 meters down when you hear them yelp. Listen for the yelp, and then bring it into the dock.” ~ Christopher Allsopp
  41. “Phoebe tapped the toe of her sneaker against the dock. “There’s only one good use for a man like Heath Champion.” “Here we go again,” Molly muttered. Phoebe’s lip curled. “Target practice.” ~ Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  42. “I went to Morocco, joined a band called Pegasus, ran out of money, went to Gibraltar and worked on the docks, writing songs about the sun and the morning and the birds.” ~ Graham Parker
  43. “It is true, we are such poor navigators that our thoughts, for the most part, stand off and on upon a harborless coast, are conversant only with the bights of the bays of poesy, or steer for the public ports of entry, and go into the dry docks of science, where they merely refit for this world, and no natural currents concur to individualize them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  44. “Hickory dickory dock, I just want to be your clock. Just set me for a lifetime, and I’ll wake you up every morning.” ~ Smokey Robinson

  45. “Sometimes, they wait. Sometimes, you see the dead come in to the harbor, and their old dogs are all along the docks, wagging their tails, for they have waited for their masters and mistresses for many years. You see mothers who have missed their sons. Fathers who had never spoken of love to their children, ready to embrace them as they voyage from the end of life. It shows the lies of this world, you see. We are wrong about so many things here. Mankind has done terrible things, yet we are forgiven.” ~ Douglas Clegg
  46. “I have a house on the lake, and I must say, sitting on the dock and taking long morning swims or naked swims under the stars, that just brings me back almost immediately.” ~ Christine Baranski
  47. “I haven’t a clue about the biology or the psychology involved when a person dissolves into tears, but it is quite fascinating to note what turns them on. There are wives who can cascade over a late husband or a burned dinner, and equally pour tears of joy over a new bonnet or a renovated bathroom…. A while ago I took a ship back from Europe. Amid the tumbling confetti … I found myself misty-eyed watching a young lady waving a tearful farewell to her boyfriend on the dock. I couldn’t figure out if I was crying at her plight, or in delight that he wasn’t coming along with us.” ~ Malcolm Forbes
  48. “The little fishing boat anchors right off the shore of Gili Meno. There are no docks here on this island. You have to roll up your pants, jump off the boat and wade in through the surf on your own power. There’s absolutely no way to do this without getting soaking wet or even banged up on the coral, but it’s worth all the trouble because the beach here is so beautiful, so special” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
  49. “To men who only aim at escaping felony, nothing short of the prisoner’s dock is disgrace.” ~ George Eliot

  50. “(Lake) Lanier is a good fishing lake. Everybody tells me I put my dock on the best fishing hole in the lake. In fact, I’ve sat on the dock and caught a 12 pound bass. I saw another guy catch about a 40 pound and 26 pound striper one morning In front of my dock, and I used to catch a lot of 8 to 9 pound largemouth around it.” ~ Luke Appling , Lake dock quotes
  51. “Oil platforms are a technology for floating permanently on the high seas, and cruise ships are a technology for self-governance on the high seas, and if you combine these two technologies, imagine cruise ships that never dock but float permanently. Imagine if they were 10 times as big. Imagine if they were modular and could move about and you could choose the neighbours you wanted to live with.” ~ Joe Quirk
  52. “If we can cultivate in the world the idea that aggressive war-making is the way to the prisoner’s dock rather than the way to honors, we will have accomplished something toward making the peace more secure.” ~ Robert H. Jackson
  53. “The docks were said to be quite tough, but there were pubs you didn’t go into if you were a respectable… but um, I never felt a sense of danger in Liverpool.” ~ Derek Taylor

  54. “When I was younger, I did things with a camera I would not do by myself. I remember going down to the docks in San Francisco and asking a fisherman if he would take me out on his boat. I would never do that without a camera.” ~ Annie Leibovitz
  55. “If a man go into the London Docks sober without means of getting drunk, and comes out of one of the cellars very drunk wherein are a million gallons of wine, I think that would be reasonable evidence that he had stolen some of the wine in that cellar, though you could not prove that any wine was stolen, or any wine was missed.” ~ William Henry Maule
  56. “A couple of months ago I went fishing with a buddy of mine, we pulled his boat into the dock, I lifted up this big ‘ol stringer of bass and this idiot on the dock goes, Hey, y’all catch all them fish? Nope – Talked ’em into giving up. Here’s your sign.” ~ Bill Engvall

  57. “But as some muskets so contrive it
    As oft to miss the mark they drive at,
    And though well aimed at dock or plover
    Bear wide, and kick their owners over.” ~ John Trumbull
  58. “He was met even now As mad as the vex’d sea; singing aloud; Crown’d with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds, With bur-docks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers, Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow In our sustaining corn.” ~ William Shakespeare
  59. “His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

  60. “This London City, with all of its houses, palaces, steam-engines, cathedrals, and huge immeasurable traffic an tumult, what is it but a Thought, but millions of Thoughts made into One-a huge immeasurable Spirit of a Thought, embodied in brick, in iron, smoke, dust, Palaces, Parliaments, Hackney Coaches, Katherine Docks, and the rest of it! Not a brick was made but some man had to think of the making of that brick.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
  61. “Anecdote: The East End seemed to be in the grip of yet another economic crisis. … By the winter of 1933, an army of the unemployed gathered daily outside the dock gates, desperate for a day or 2 paid work. …. There was no cushion, no disaster fund, no stashed savings, no government handouts no syrup that could sweeten the bitter pill of poverty.” ~ Melanie McGrath
  62. “The ancient man approached God (or even the gods)as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock. He is quite a kindly judge: if God should have a reasonable defense for being the god who permits war, poverty, and disease, he is ready to listen to it. The trial may even end in God’s acquittal. But the important thing is that Man is on the bench and God is in the dock.” ~ C. S. Lewis
  63. “The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.” ~ Nelson Algren

  64. “All your life spent getting ready for the next thing. I climbed a lot of hills now. I crossed a lot of rivers. Crossed the sea even, left everything I knew and came to Styria. But there I was, waiting for me at the docks when I got off the boat, same man, same life. Next valley ain’t no different from this one. No better anyway. Reckon I’ve learned … just to stick in the place I’m at. Just to be the man I am.” ~ Joe Abercrombie
  65. “Tucker was my safe place for three years, my secure dock in a sea of indecision as I dealt with my father’s illness and death. And now I had to sink or swim. It was time to let go…and move on. Slowly, I pushed off from the dock that was Tucker Montgomery and prepared to swim…praying I wouldn’t drown.” ~ Melissa Brown

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