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A Wave About Inspirational Quotes - Surfing through Life

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We encounter waves in every minute of every day. There are light waves which make things visible and sound waves so we can hear. Even solid physical matter is a wave that is vibrating at a certain frequency. If we observe the behavior of waves, we can see how energy changes from one state to another and back again.

I love to watch the ocean waves. I'm born under the sign of Cancer - the sign of the crab - so I like coastal areas and sunny beaches and such so I can spend a whole day just watching the waves. It centers me. Sometimes the waves are big and strong and sometimes they are gentle and calm. A wave can throw us back to the shore or if we are not careful can suck us in. Whatever wave you are on one thing you can be sure of is that they will always come, crash and then smooth itself out. If we learn to read the pattern of the waves in our lives through our interaction with them we can understand the energy of a wave, how to use it to our best advantage, how to dance amidst its awesome power and how to avoid crashing into one.

May these inspirational quotes about waves Inspire you to new heights on your journey as you ride your waves of life.


"The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators."
~ Edward Gibbon ~ English Historian (1737-1794)

"The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave"
~ Thomas Jefferson ~  3rd American President (1762 - 1826)


Extract Wave Quote

'Tuesdays with Morrie'

Okay. The story is about a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He's enjoying the wind and the fresh air-until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. "My God, this is terrible," the wave says. "Look what's going to happen to me!"
Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to him, "Why do you look so sad?"
The first wave says, "You don't understand! We're all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn't it terrible?"
The second wave says,

"No, you don't understand. You're not a wave, you're part of the ocean.
Morrie Schwartz ~ American Educator (1916-1995)


“There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves”
~Frank Herbert ~ Science Fiction writer (1920-1986)

"Soul surfing to me is what you do when you are thoroughly in the moment enjoying and expressing yourself on the wave and being one with the ocean."
~Tom Carrol ~ Australian Surfer (1961-)

"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat"
~ Muhammed Ali ~ Boxer, Philanthropist, Social activist (1942 - )

Bethany Hamilton-13 yr old girl who lost her arm to a shark attack return to the waves less than a month after the accident.

Bethany Hamilton-13 yr old girl who lost her arm to a shark attack return to the waves less than a month after the accident.

"Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. It is an uncomfortable doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say; therefore you are called upon to give much. "
~ Albert Schweitzer ~ Philosopher, Physician & Humanitarian, (1875 - 1965

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.”
~Henry David Thoreau ~ American Poet and Philosopher 1817-1862

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When you look at this life of action—the growing tree, the bird on the wing, the flowing river, the movement of the clouds, of lightning, of machines, the action of the waves upon the shore—then you see, do you not, that life itself is action, endless action that has no beginning and no end. It is something that is everlastingly in movement, and it is the universe, God, bliss, reality. But we reduce the vast action of life to our own petty little action in life, and ask what we should do, or follow some book, some system.
~ Krishnamurti, Bombay 1958 ~

"The clouds broke and the angels cried
You ain’t gotta walk alone
That’s why he put me in your way
You came upon wave on wave"

~Pat Green ~ 'Wave on Wave' Country Music Artist (1972- )


"Every wave, regardless of how high and forceful it crests, must eventually collapse within itself."
~ Stefan Zweig ~ Austrian Novelist (1881-1942)

“Sit in reverie, and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~ American Poet (1807 - 1882)


“No emotion, any more than a wave, can long retain its own individual form”
~Henry Ward Beecher ~ Liberal US Congregational Minister 1813-1887

"Life is a wave, which in no two consecutive moments of its existence is composed of the same particles."
~ John Tyndall ~ Prominent 19th century Physicist (1820 – 1893)

"Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again."
~ Ovid ~ Roman Poet (43 BC - 17 AD)


"Sit in revere and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~ American Poet (1807-1882)

"I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and mor, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows."
~Drew Barrymore ~ American Actress (1975- )


"It would be possible to describe absolutely everything scientifically, but it would make no sense. It would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure."
~Albert Einstein ~ German Scientist, Humanist (1879 – 1955)


In this new wave of technology, you can't do it all yourself, you have to form alliances ~ Carlos~ Slim Helu ~ Businessman

"The wave succumbs in an ear deafening roar, leaving your ears ringing. A smile on your face, the hardest part is over. "
~ Alexander Andorff ~ Resolver2009

"All of nature is a great wave phenomenon"
~ Louis de Broglie ~ French Physicist- Nobel Peace Prize Physics 1921 (1892- 1987)


"Oh dear dad
Can you see me now
I am myself
Like you somehow
I'll ride the wave
Where it takes me
I'll hold the pain
Release me"
~ Pearl Jam ~ from the Album 'Ten'

"Ocean waves are not moving humps of water, but invisible pulses of power through water" ~ Steve Hawk ~

Must see photos of water and waves, with short photo essays. The shots are enough to inspire all to the challenging elements and ride those WAVES


"The tendency of modern physics is to resolve the whole material universe into waves, and nothing but waves. These waves are of two kinds: bottled-up waves, which we call matter, and unbottled waves, which we call radiation or light. If annihilation of matter occurs, the process is merely that of unbottling imprisoned wave-energy and setting it free to travel through space. These concepts reduce the whole universe to a world of light, potential or existent, so that the whole story of its creation can be told with perfect accuracy and completeness in the six words: 'God said, Let there be light'."
~Sir James Jeans ~ English physicist, astronomer and mathematician (1877-1946)


I never saw a moor, I never saw the sea; Yet know I how the heather looks, And what a wave must be. I never spoke with God, Nor visited in Heaven; Yet certain am I of the spot, As if a chart were given. ~ Emily Dickerson ~ American Poet (1830-1886)


“May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam.”

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Zaiba on May 21, 2012:

Nice and engrossing page as the waves are...Thanks for such a post..After going through I just got deep into the ocean of thoughts.

Marvin Bizzell on January 15, 2012:

Waves are like Life Journey's. We at times have ups and downs, but we must prepare ourselves for the flow of direction.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on November 12, 2011:

GmaGoldie - glad you liked my wave! Quotation Hubs are just about my favorite to create so hearing from one of my peers really makes it all that much more special!

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on November 09, 2011:

Awesome! Very wise and insightful!

Shari (author) from New York, NY on August 31, 2011:

beccasada - your comment is a true inspiration for me to create more of these quotes hubs. .. it happens to be a favorite of mine to put together and your words are great motivation for me!

beccasada on August 31, 2011:

Thank you for the quotes wavegirl.. they were inspirational and put a smile on my face. Ggeat pictures too. Thank u for taking the time to put this together!

Hattie from Europe on June 15, 2011:

Wonderful hub! :)

SummerSurf on March 15, 2011:

Great inspirational hub

Sue Bond from Vancouver, BC on November 04, 2010:

Love how you paired waves, both literally and photographically, with quotes. Very unique! There's something so raw and powerful about the ocean. The same can be said about some quotes as well.

Boom Boom on September 03, 2010:

My dear wavegirl I have always found serenity by sitting and observing the waves. I adore your quotes as it is a great passion of mine. Thanks for allowing me to have a peaceful evening for all the effort you put in to supplying we readers with the best of the best. Barbara

Shari (author) from New York, NY on August 06, 2010:

ahorseback - thank you so much for your very inspiring comments. . glad to have you visit me:)

ahorseback on August 04, 2010:

I say ,yes, vote this up. There is no power in this world as vocal as the waves as they break over the rocky shores.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on July 16, 2010:

wavechild- you do have the gift to write and I am so happy that we found each other in this Hub Ocean! I am so looking forward to more from you:)) and so happy you stopped by and rode a wave with me!!

wavechild from somewhere in the Pacific on July 13, 2010:

You really know the power of the ocean and waves! I love this hub!! I've long thought that waves are the perfection of god (or love, the universe, a higher being, etc.) made visible. For a surfer, these quotes really points to how amazing it is to be able to touch and be carried by waves- I believe it's the closest we come to flying like birds, like dolphins.

This one from your hub is great in what it has to say about doing your best to align yourself with nature. It's as true of surfing as of sailing, I have to say:

"The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators."

Rock on, wavegirl. Thanks so much for all these quotes on waves, I've bookmarked this hub.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on April 10, 2010:

barry - thanks for the visit. . you are making me blush!

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2010:

Another remarkable hub wavegirl22 :)

Shari (author) from New York, NY on April 01, 2010:

enlightendsoul - I can not tell you how warm your words just made me feel ! You know when you have one of those really great days filled with love and light ? well that is the kind I am having today . .and you added a whole lot of beautiful rays to it! Thank you,


englightenedsoul on April 01, 2010:

I am a big lover of quotes and have written a few hubs on quotes. But to be honest your hubs beats all the hubs of mine . All I can say about this hub is "Excellent, Excellent, Excellent". I am also impressed by your style of presentation. Amazing. Rated up and bookmarked.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on March 14, 2010:

mailxpress - these quote pages are by far are the most fun for me to make. I love quotes and finding a picture to match them is something I just seem to love to do. So whenever someone comes by and enjoys it makes the process even better! Thanks for coming by and taking a look, always nice to meet someone new on these pages ;)

Michelle Cesare from New York on March 13, 2010:

Hi wavegirl22,

The quotes, the stories and the pictures to fit. I'm sure this particular hub was a work in progress. You created a wonderful piece of work. Excellent.


Shari (author) from New York, NY on March 02, 2010:

Neil - And I am waving right back at ya:) Made me smile to see you liked this!

Neil Sperling from Port Dover Ontario Canada on March 01, 2010:

That's amazing - so many quotes with a wave...... I tip my hat to you and wave my hand.... great job.

Love - Light - Laughter


Shari (author) from New York, NY on February 26, 2010:

sophs . thanks for your kind words. I love quotes and having Hubs to keep them together has been such a great place for me to take them to the next level. Thank you so much for coming by.

sophs on February 26, 2010:

I love this hub! Great idea and so well put toghether, I'm bookmarking :) Great work Wavegirl :)

Shari (author) from New York, NY on February 24, 2010:

Cags . . I am so happy to hear those words. Thank you for stopping by here. . .I love making these pages. Quotes are one of my favorite things. Kind of like a therapeutic session for me! And always a special time for me to have you grace my Hub!

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on February 24, 2010:

You seem to have caught on to HubPages very well and I can see you're moving along quite nicely. I like to watch waves too and wouldn't mind spending hours watching them. It's the power of nature and all it's glory. Thank you for sharing. Another bookmarked hub. :)

Shari (author) from New York, NY on February 04, 2010:

Al - After reading a few of your Hubs last night I am honored and so very happy you stopped by. Your words are so inspiring and as I write this I am riding a great wave and waving right back at you


Mystique1957 from Caracas-Venezuela on February 04, 2010:

This is the most beautiful philosophy of life performed by Nature itself! Waves represent movement and change, just as it happens to us in real life, and if we learn to "flow with the tide", we`ll always ride on the best waves and have fun doing it!

Great hub, wavegirl!

Two waves up!

Warm regards and blessings to you!


Ultimate Hubber on January 21, 2010:

Wonderful pictures to support these great quotes.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on January 08, 2010:

mpurcell10 .. thanks for stopping by .. hearing that someone likes it makes putting these Hubs together so much more fun!

mpurcell10 from Arkansas on January 08, 2010:

So many good quotes. Thanks for sharing.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on December 27, 2009:

and it is always a pleasure to see ya;)

Hoping you had a very Merry Christmas &hearts

ralwus on December 27, 2009:

Hello agin. Just passin thru to say hello agin.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on December 20, 2009:

No Giants today Pretty.. but wow did you see your Steelers today!!!

Glad you came . I think you must have given Ben some serious inspirational vibes to spur them onto a win!!!

prettydarkhorse from US on December 20, 2009:

hey wave, nice wave of quotes, i wonder how I didnt read this before, cmon girl the Cowboys won and NYG should win today,


Denno66 on December 10, 2009:

Well, you wouldn't be disappointed. Hold on to the dream.


Shari (author) from New York, NY on December 10, 2009:

ahhh but the Lobsterman isnt! I need to meet him!!

Denno66 on December 10, 2009:

Okay, then I won't tell you all I have to do is walk across the street to my neighbor, the Lobsterman and get any amount I ask for. Seriously, the Ocean is more a state of mind than a location.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on December 10, 2009:

does that include some Maine Lobsters . .hmmm just the thought of that makes my mouth water!!!!

Denno66 on December 10, 2009:

Well, despite the fact that your teams are consistently beating the tar outta ours, you are always welcome to explore Mid-Coast Maine and my wife and I can tell you the best places to go. :-)

Shari (author) from New York, NY on December 10, 2009:

How jealous am I of you . .I dream to live on the ocean . .and so this Hub right now is as close as I a getting ;) especialy with winter setting in! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me with such beautiful words!

Denno66 on December 10, 2009:

Living right on the Ocean, I absolutely identify with what you've written here. Very beautifully-crafted. Thank you for this uplifting hub. :-)

Shari (author) from New York, NY on December 08, 2009:

Oh LizzyBoo . .you have such a way with words! Thanks for coming by and waving hi! Right back at ya &hearts

LizzyBoo from Czech Republic on December 08, 2009:

Shari-you are just like a virus! Keep getting into my head! You are the most inspiring wave I was ever splashed by!!! Well done! oxoxoxo


Shari (author) from New York, NY on December 07, 2009:

poetlorraine. . .thanks for your kind words . . . Im glad you liked it as much as I enjoyed making it!

poetlorraine on December 07, 2009:

hi wave girl this indeed was a lovely hub, and it must have taken a lot of work to make it what it is...... thanks so much

Shari (author) from New York, NY on December 07, 2009:

I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s . . thank you so much for coming by and leaving me your message. You cant know how much it means to me for I love love your work so for you to give me a thumbs up just made this chilly day in NY a whole warmer!

I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s on December 07, 2009:

This is such a lovely hub! I know that I have read it before as well.. Sorry, I did not comment! Anyway, beautifully set out and great quotes. The surfer with the shark near in the wave gave me the chills, yikes! Thanks, wavegirl! :)

Shari (author) from New York, NY on December 04, 2009:

thanks aware! nice to hear that you liked it:)

Raymond Williams from Westpalmbeach on December 04, 2009:

great hub and awesome pics.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on October 30, 2009:

Aww crazybeanrider you are too sweet. And how lucky you are to be near the ocean. I loved making this hub and I love it even more when someone can enjoy it as much as me:)

Boo McCourt from Washington MI on October 28, 2009:

What a beautiful representation of waves and quotes. Very well put together. I lived near the ocean, and have been away from it for awhile. Look forward to going back. This hub presented to me just how much I love water. Very well written and so relaxing. Keep up the good work.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on October 22, 2009:

always nice to come back and read such nice words. . .thank you!

hubpageswriter on October 22, 2009:

Oh many awesome quotes...I like them all so much. My special favorite is the surfboard attitude quote. So awesome. Thanks for creating this wonderful hub; compiling the quotes....amazing..

Shari (author) from New York, NY on October 21, 2009:

You humble me T :) Thanks for starting my day off with your thoughts. I look forward to a great season(s) with you!

T_Augustus from Detroit, MI on October 20, 2009:

You have changed the game wave! This hub is more than inspirational, it is a work of art! Very well done!! I'm beyond being a fan, I'm moving up the ladder towards becoming your number one fan!

Shari (author) from New York, NY on October 19, 2009:

pb,,,sorry just cant call you the p u t z word. . ha. . anyway i am so glad you stopped by and enjoyed. .. dont be such a stranger , :=)

Putz Ballard on October 19, 2009:

Loved your hub. Some great quotes and philosophy.

Robert Ballard

Shari (author) from New York, NY on October 17, 2009:

awww thanks jill for stopping by! I am so glad you did, for after reading your Hubs I am beyond flattered that you came by. I am going to check your quote hub out too!

jill of alltrades from Philippines on October 16, 2009:

What a beautiful hub! I love waves too. This is such a beautiful and inspiring collection of quotes and photos. I love it. I also have a hub on quotes. Please check it out.

Thank you very much for sharing!

Shari (author) from New York, NY on October 14, 2009:

bloodnlatex . .thanks for reading! Had you not I could not have "found" you back . and with that picture ha I might not have even clicked;) but I did and I am glad I did

Madison . .I like your "22" it goes well with mine ;) glad you liked this Hub. I really enjoyed doing it and it is even better when someone likes it too!

as for you ralwus .. what a lucky girl I am to have a friend like dohn to warn a new friend like you about me! Cheers:)

ralwus on October 14, 2009:

dohn warned me about you and if your a friend of his, I'm sorry. Nice hub, Cheers.

Madison from NYC on October 14, 2009:

Nice hub. I really enjoyed reading the quotes,I already have a couple of the pics. Thanks!!!

bloodnlatex on October 13, 2009:

That was really great to read. Thanks

Lisa Petrarca on October 13, 2009:

Loved the posts. We actually had a 1st annual dog surfing competition here in the OC. It was a crack up!

Russ Baleson on October 11, 2009:

Hi, great hub, nice pics and great quotes.I'm also a fan of Tuesdays With Morrie (great video too). I've just published Inspirational Quotes - Friendship. Really liked this.

John Z from Midwest on October 09, 2009:

A good lift to my morning. Think I'll ride the wave today. Thanks for a good Hub!

Jacob from Delhi, India on October 08, 2009:

Nice hub. Very interesting. I too love Waves.

Shari (author) from New York, NY on September 26, 2009:

Thanks Dohn And Luciendasky. I had a really interesting time putting these together. I too am a lover of quotes and am forever in search of the right words . .most times things that other amazing people have said usually inspire me to places I normally would not go!

Luciendasky from Florence, OR on September 25, 2009:

Thank you for this hub. I love quotes and I am glad you put so many good ones in one hub :D

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on September 24, 2009:

Growing up on the Long Island Sound I am in no way a stranger to the ocean and its beaches. I used to go fishing with my father and brothers (when it was safe) for snapper and bluefish. We also used to frequent Jones Beach too. Thank you for sharing this, Wavegirl22. You certainly have an affinity for waves and understand why. It truly is great to be inspired.

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