65 Pirate Quotes : Pirate Sayings

These pirate quotes will inspire you. Pirate, someone who attacks and steals from a ship at sea.

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

Best Pirate Quotes

  1. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island…” ~ Walt Disney
  2. “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” ~ Mark Twain
  3. “Ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks.” ~ William Shakespeare
  4. “Drinking rum before 10 am makes you a pirate, not an alcoholic.” ~ Granger Smith

  5. “Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate, after all.” ~ Johnny Depp
  6. “In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure and the police take the place of pirates.” ~ Michel Foucault
  7. “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate” ~ Johnny Depp
  8. “The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a Pirate.” ~ Bernard Williams

  9. “Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.” ~ Blackbeard
  10. “Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” ~ Steve Jobs
  11. “I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king
    I’ve been up and down and over and out and I know one thing
    Each time I find myself flat on my face
    I pick myself up and get back in the race” ~ Frank Sinatra
  12. “It is a glorious thing To be a Pirate King.” ~ W. S. Gilbert

  13. “I am sorry to see you here, but if you had fought like a man, you needn’t be hanged like a dog.” ~ Anne Bonny
  14. “Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” ~ Brooks Atkinson
  15. “A merry life and a short one shall be my motto.” ~ Bartholomew Roberts
  16. “Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred years too late. Cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothing to plunder, I’m an over-forty victim of fate.” ~ Jimmy Buffett

  17. “Even pirates, before they attack another ship, hoist a black flag.” ~ Bela Kiraly
  18. “The pirate he will sink you with a kiss, he’ll steal your heart and sail away.” ~ Joni Mitchell
  19. “A captured pirate was brought before Alexander the Great. “How dare you molest the sea?” asked Alexander. “How dare you molest the whole world?” the pirate replied, and continued: “Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you, doing it with a great navy, are called an emperor.” ~ Noam Chomsky
  20. “The same relation exists between merchant and pirate, who for a long period are one and the same person: where the one function appears to them inadvisable, they exercise the other.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  21. “When the king asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied:
    The same as you do when you infest the whole world;
    but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber,
    and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor.” ~ Saint Augustine
  22. “In an honest service there is thin commons, low wages, and hard labor; in this, plenty and satiety, pleasure and ease, liberty and power; and who would not balance creditor on this side, when all the hazard that is run for it, at worst, is only a sour look or two at choking. No, a merry life and a short one, shall be my motto.” ~ Bartholomew Roberts , Pirate quotes about life
  23. “I don’t really know much about pirates, or pirate culture. I’d be a contrarian pirate.” ~ Todd Barry
  24. “Let’s jump on board, and cut them to pieces.” ~ Blackbeard

  25. “Come, don’t be in a fright, but put on your clothes, and I’ll let you into a secret. You must know that I am Captain of this ship now, and this is my cabin, therefore you must walkout. I am bound to Madagascar, with a design of making my own fortune, and that of all the brave fellows joined with me…if you have a mind to make one of us, we will receive you, and if you’ll turn sober, and mind your business, perhaps in time I may make you one of my Lieutenants, if not, here’s a boat alongside and you shall be set ashore.” ~ Henry Every
  26. “When I was about 5 I think, I desperately wanted to be a pirate and have the hat and everything.” ~ Keira Knightley
  27. “As a pirate, she once undressed a fencing instructor using only her sword!” ~ Kathy Reichs
  28. “Every generation welcomes the pirates from the last.” ~ Lawrence Lessig

  29. “Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then, always be a unicorn.” ~ Jaime Murray
  30. “There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.” ~ James Russell Lowell
  31. “Philosophers, for the most part, are constitutionally timid and dislike the unexpected. Few of them would be genuinely happy as pirates or burglars. Accordingly, they invent systems which make the future calculable, at least in its main outlines.” ~ Bertrand Russell
  32. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Got that? -Coach Brevin” ~ Ann Brashares

  33. “A monarch, when good, is entitled to the consideration which we accord to a pirate who keeps Sunday School between crimes; when bad, he is entitled to none at all.” ~ Mark Twain
  34. “I’d rather be a pirate than join the Navy” ~ Steve Jobs
  35. “When you were sleeping on the sofa I put my ear to your ear and listened to the echo of your dreams. That is the ocean I want to dive in, merge with the bright fish, plankton, and pirate ships. I walk up to people on the street that kind of look like you and ask them the questions I would ask you. Can we sit on a rooftop and watch stars dissolve into smoke rising from a chimney? Can I swing like Tarzan in the jungle of your breathing? I don’t wish I was in your arms, I just wish I was peddling a bicycle toward your arms.” ~ Jeffrey McDaniel
  36. “Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.” ~ William Goldman

  37. “A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest.” ~ Johnny Depp
  38. “Why couldn’t there be even a western slasher, or why couldn’t there be a serial killer in a kind of pirate buccaneer Caribbean, just someone that’s just doing terrible, terrible things in the ports, the sexy ports of Jamaica during the Pirate Renaissance.” ~ Robert Englund
  39. “It is when Pirates count their booty that they become mere thieves.” ~ William Bolitho
  40. “It’s not every day you get to do a pirate movie, you might as well go for it.” ~ Keira Knightley

  41. “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.” ~ Steve Jobs
  42. “A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  43. “The kingly office is entitled to no respect. It was originally procured by the highwayman’s methods. It remains a perpetuated crime, can never be anything but the symbol of a crime. It is no more entitled to respect than is the flag of a pirate.” ~ Mark Twain
  44. “I like Pirate’s Booty. Prunes and olives, too. I love hummus. I can eat that until I die. I tend to eat mostly organic food.” ~ Queen Latifah

  45. “There is none of you but will hang me, I know, whenever you can clinch me within your power.” ~ Bartholomew Roberts
  46. “My access to music when I was growing up was through pirate radio, you know, transistor radio under the pillow, listening to one more and then ‘just one more’ until your favorite track comes on.” ~ Robert Palmer
  47. “As to hanging, it is no great hardship. For were it not for that, every cowardly fellow would turn pirate and so unfit the sea, that men of courage must starve.” ~ Anne Bonny
  48. “My Lord, it is a very hard sentence. For my part, I am the most innocent person of them all, only I have been sworn against by perjured persons.” ~ William Kidd

  49. “I think pirates, like astronauts, particularly for a boy, are always kind of worth thinking about.” ~ Daniel Handler
  50. “Hark ye, you Cocklyn and la Bouche, I find by strengthening you, I have put a rod into your hands to whip myself, but I am still able to deal with you both; but since we met in love, let us part in love, for I find that three of a trade can never agree.” ~ Howell Davis
  51. “It was a great experience for a kid because it was a bunch of kids playing on pirate ships and water slides, so looking back on it, it was the fondest experience of my childhood.” ~ Corey Feldman
  52. “Thoughts of being a pirate and stealing her away to my ship race across my mind. Although I’m not a pirate, and she’s not my captured princess.” ~ Simone Elkeles

  53. “I started DJing soundclashes. I used to go to Jamaica a lot. I was like a hip-hop sound boy, where I took the dancehall culture and mixed it up with the hip-hop as well. I kept going, going, and I got real hot in the streets of Miami – you know, doing pirate radio – then ended up doing 99 Jamz, the big station out there.” ~ DJ Khaled
  54. “I’m no longer a child and I still want to be, to live with the pirates. Because I want to live forever in wonder. The difference between me as a child and me as an adult is this and only this: when I was a child, I longed to travel into, to live in wonder. Now, I know, as much as I can know anything, that to travel into wonder is to be wonder. So it matters little whether I travel by plane, by rowboat, or by book. Or, by dream. I do not see, for there is no I to see. That is what the pirates know. There is only seeing and, in order to go to see, one must be a pirate.” ~ Kathy Acker
  55. “Yea, death, and prison we mete out To small offenders of the laws, While honor, wealth, and full respect On greater pirates we bestow. To steal a flower we call mean. To rob a field is chivalry; Who kills the body he must die, Who kills the spirit he goes free.” ~ Khalil Gibran
  56. “Some pirates achieved immortality by great deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying.” ~ Terry Pratchett

  57. “Parrots have gone a bit quiet since pirates have gone.” ~ Karl Pilkington
  58. “The Pirate Party started in Sweden in 2006, and it only had one agenda: to change draconian copyright laws. But it’s changed and shifted primarily because the questions of human rights and cyber have become much more relevant. So if you want to place it somewhere on the spectrum, I would say it’s a party that has its roots in civilian rights. But we are not like many left parties that want to regulate citizens and create nanny states. We believe that regulation should be on the powerful, not the individuals.” ~ Birgitta Jonsdottir
  59. “When a pirate grows rich enough, they make him a prince.” ~ George R. R. Martin
  60. “There’s very little admirable about being a pirate. There’s very little functional about a pirate. There’s very little real about a pirate.” ~ Will Oldham

  61. “Pirates could happen to anyone.” ~ Tom Stoppard
  62. “I’m a big fan of pirates in general.” ~ Mike Leach
  63. “Here’s your first problem,” he said, pointing at a sentence. “‘Religion is the opium of the people.’ Well, I don’t know about people, but I think you’ll find that the opium of pirates is actual opium.” ~ Gideon Defoe
  64. “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy. On the importance of loving what you do.” ~ Steve Jobs

  65. “An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. “What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.”” ~ Saint Augustine

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