A Quote You’ve Probably Read Before

July 28, 2019

I think it’s an international law that all blogs associated with cruising post this Sterling Hayden quote. I love it. I wanted to post it here for the one cruiser on earth who hasn’t seen it before.


“I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.” What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security.” And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?


Cyndi read his book, Wanderer, and she really enjoyed it. It’s on my reading list when I get time – this relaxing we’ve been doing is pretty all-consuming but I’ll get around to it someday. -Rich