Some dharma, man

“…The beach was yellow sand, but at the water’s edge a rubble of shell and algae took its place. Fiddler crabs bubbled and sputtered in their holes in the sand…”
John Steinbeck, “The Pearl”

“As I ebb’d with the ocean of life,
As I wended the shores I know,
As I walk’d where the ripples continually wash you Paumanok,
Where they rustle up hoarse and sibilant,
Where the fierce old mother endlessly cries for her castaways,
I musing late in the autumn day, gazing off southward,
Held by this electric self out of the pride of which I utter poems,
Was seiz’d by the spirit that trails in the lines underfoot,
The rim, the sediment that stands for all the water and all the land
of the globe.”
Walt Whitman

“I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
Isaac Newton

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide will bring?”                                                                                                                                             Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) “Cast Away”

“Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.”
Bob Dylan, “Mr. Tamborine Man”

“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.”
Rachel Carson, conservationist and nature writer

“Now from his breast into the eyes the ache
of longing mounted, and he wept at last,
his dear wife, clear and faithful, in his arms,
longed for as the sunwarmed earth is longed for by a swimmer
spent in rough water where his ship went down
under Poseidon’s blows, gale winds and tons of sea.”
Homer, “The Odyssey”

“…(A big mako) had come up from deep down in the water as the dark cloud of blood had settled and dispersed in the mile deep sea. He had come up so fast and absolutely without caution that he broke the surface of the blue water and was in the sun. Then he fell back into the sea and picked up the scent…”
Ernest Hemingway, “The Old Man and the Sea”

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
John F. Kennedy, Newport Rhode Island, Sept. 14, 1962

“It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.”
Richard Bach, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”                                                                                                                                            

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
Jacques Cousteau                                                                                                                                          

“Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra (ancient water clock).”
John Steinbeck, “Tortilla Flat”

“The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound and a wave broke over the railing. And ev’ry man knew, as the captain did too ’twas the witch of November come stealin’.”
Gordon Lightfoot, “Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald”

“As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
Life is good today, life is good today
Zac Brown Band, “Toes”

“Hah! Did they know he (a merchant marine) stood on the bow every morning, noon, and night for an hour; did they suspect this profound duty of his, this prayer of thanks to a God more a God than any to be found in book-bound, altar-bound Religion?”
Jack Kerouac, “The Sea is my Brother”

“In the fury of the moment I can see the Master’s hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand.”
Bob Dylan, “Every Grain of Sand”


  1. Hi! My family met you on the beach last week and you gave my son a lovely shark’s tooth. We’ll be taking it home tomorrow to show it off 🙂 I couldn’t leave the beach without passing on to you the source of what I believe is THE truth in case you have yet to consider it in your search – Jesus, who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)

    And, in honour of your love of the sea, a few verses from the Bible:

    He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. ( Psalm 146:6)

    Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. (Psalm 96:11)

    For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord Almighty is his name. (Isaiah 51:15)

    Also, a cool website that you might find of interest:

    May you find THE truth!

    • Good day, kyoung. It’s always my pleasure to meet people and to share some of my finds with anyone nice enough to stop and chat on the beach. I remember well our meeting on the beach and I hope your son continues his love of fossil hunting along our beautiful Grand Strand coast. I plan on adding a Bible verse to my quotes. Thank you so much for sharing and stop me when we meet again on our golden shores. Rob H.

  2. Steinbeck was the first author I read as a child-Tortilla Flat was a fav. Who can surpass Dylan and all the other wonderful quotes are terrific-hobo hippie

    • Hey Miss Hippie. Was just on beatnik hiway all too briefly. logged in from library in central PA. Steinbeck. Wow. Loved Tortilla Flat. First read The Pearl long ago. Love and have in my collection many of his works and need more. Love “Grapes..” and “Travels with Charlie” and “Of Mice and Men.” Can’t believe M & M isn’t in collection. Dylan is the man, isn’t he? And must get Cast Away. Just writing this restored so many funny parts of the movie in my scrambled mind. Peace, Miss Ana.

      • I wrote to Steinbeck as a child and told him I loved his writing-I got a post card back with a signature and a thanks-I don’t know if it was a stamp or not but I still have it somewhere-I have read and seen of mice and men many times and love it so much-I loved the pearl too-he was a wonderful writer-I am also a big fan of s.king-do you like him? Ann Rule is cool too.
        Hope you are having a good time with your mum and your troubles with your sister are minor-if not ignore her-I haven’t spoken to my bro in 2 years and we were very close-sometimes it’s not worth it anyway.
        I hope you have a great new year Rob.
        Hobo on the lost highway.

      • Miss hobo hippie, I recall reading a Steinbeck biography years and years ago (same time I read The Pearl and Grapes of Wrath) and I remember reading that he had his idiosyncracies but was very much down to earth. I’d bet that he personally signed that post card, if not mailed it. What a keepsake! Stephen King? Oh yeah. I have 30 of his books in my collection (about 12 of them I have yet to read ’cause me mum bought them in hardback and I’m waiting to get glasses this coming month to read a few. My sister and I have pretty much cleared the air but I don’t think either one of us really understands each other. We went seven years without speaking and still have much work to do toward that understanding. I’ve never read Ann Rule, but I heard she didn’t care for Tom Cruise being chosen for Lestat? Oddly, it’s one of the few movies of his that I ever liked. Haven’t forgiven him for his stance on prescription meds and attacking Matt Lauer like he did. Wish Lauer would have kicked his butt. LOL. “Lost highway.” Must be found again and beatnik hiway really helps us in our search. Shame about slow Route 66. Americana — or much of it — disappeared along with its disintegration. Hope you have a great 2014. I plan to make it best of years, but you know what they say “of mice and men” plans. Sometimes I think plans come at expense of livin’. Other times I think failure to plan is planning to fail. Talk about confused! Peace, as always.

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