“For wreaking havoc on a strong man, even the very strongest, there is nothing so dire as the sea.”
But Lucretius was wrong:
“Lovely it is, when the winds are churning up the waves on the great sea, to gaze out from the land on the great efforts of someone else”.
Joseph Conrad saw it:
“The sea — this truth must be confessed — has no generosity. No display of manly qualities — courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness — has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power”.