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There are good ships
and there are wood ships,
the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships
and may they always be.
"This is the wisdom of the sea, its essential paradox. It quickens us, extends us, prompts feats of innovation and courage, then washes them all away. No trace remains; man and mountain yield to the levelling force of the sea. In its omnipotence, its beauty and its purity, the sea is the earthly manifestation of the divine. Building a vessel and crossing a body of water is a transcendent achievement, and afterwards nothing in this life quite compares.”
- Philip Marsden, The Levelling Sea, Harper