Island with white sand beach and green vegetation surrounded by turquoise and blue waters
Island with white sand beach and green vegetation surrounded by turquoise and blue waters
Island with white sand beach and green vegetation surrounded by turquoise and blue waters

199 Beach Quotes for People Who Love the Sand and the Sea

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There is something about the beach that makes it so magical. Perhaps it is because the beach is the only place where the sea can come up to meet its lover, the land – the two forever in love but never fated to be joined. Perhaps it is because of the way the sea sends soft waves to gently caress the shore and whisper sweet promises of undying love. Or perhaps it is because of the gifts the sea brings to the land – beautiful shells, colored stones, emerald strands of seaweed – all laid in wonderful disarray upon the beach.

There is something about the beach that makes it so beautiful. Whether it is the tropical beach, with its soft white sands, tall coconut palms, and crystalline turquoise waters, all beneath year-round sunshine. Or the beaches further north and south of the globe, where the shores are darker, the waters are colder, and seagulls roam the skies. Whether it is the silent and serene beach, where Human can commune with Nature and find peace and tranquility. Or the loud and lively beach, the scene of thrill and wild excitement, with crowds, music, and parties.

There is something about the beach that turns people into poets and philosophers, even if only for a moment. Throughout the years, numerous men and women have spoken words of wisdom in praise of the beach. Their words are immortalized in the form of pithy inspirational quotes and sayings.

Here is a compilation of 199 beach quotes for people who love the sand and the sea. Some of the quotes are humorous and are certain to make you smile. Others are more serious and can send you into a wistful mood. But all of the quotes are guaranteed to inspire within you a lifelong yearning for the beach.

A Pinterest graphic for a compilation of beach quotes

  1. “A beach and warm weather is all I really need.” – Rob Gronkowski 
  1. “A beach is not only a sweep of sand, but shells of sea creatures, the sea glass, the seaweed, the incongruous objects washed up by the ocean.” – Henry Grunwald 
  1. “A beach will always tremble at the first touch of a wave.” – Anthony T. Hincks 
  1. “A long walk in a long beach shortens every kind of sorrow!” – Mehmet Murat ildan 
  1. “A mere forty years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that’s what freedom is all about.” – Newt Gingrich 
  1. “A pool just isn’t the same as the ocean. It has no energy. No life.” – Linda Gerber 
  1. “A real friend is someone who takes a winter vacation on a sun-drenched beach and does not send a card.” – Farmer’s Almanac 
  1. “A sandbar is where excitement meets the ocean.” – Anthony T. Hincks 
  1. “A simple life is good with me. I don’t need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I’m happy.” Yanni 
  1. “A simple life is what people need, and the beach as a place of rest.” – Yanni

Footprints of a woman walking along a beach

  1. “A walk along the beach offers the gift of the unexpected. Scan the horizon and glimpse the endless possibilities. Stroll head down and encounter one natural treasure after another. Tease the tides and feel a sense of adventure. Dive into the surf and experience the rush of risk.” – Joan Anderson 
  1. “After a long day at the beach, a hamburger and fries usually does the trick.” – Adam Scott 
  1. “After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.” — Pam Shaw 
  1. “As much as we love being sociable on holiday, part of me craves the idea of being away, staying in a hut on the beach, and maybe not seeing anyone for days.” – Louise Nurding 
  1. “At home, we live on the beach, and it’s like every day is a date.” – Grant Show 
  1. “At night, when the sky is full of stars and the sea is still you get the wonderful sensation that you are floating in space.” – Natalie Wood 
  1. “At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” – Sandy Gingras 
  1. “Babies don’t need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach… it pisses me off! I’ll go over to a little baby and say ‘What are you doing here? You haven’t worked a day in your life!’” – Steven Wright 
  1. “Beaches are God’s poetry.” – Steve Maraboli 
  1. “Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay

Footprints of a woman in a bikini walking along the beach at twilight

  1. “Between planning family vacations and running away for novel-writing retreats, I’ve spent much of my adult life questing for the perfect beach escape, renting cottages all along the Florida Gulf and up and down the Atlantic Coast – as far north as Nags Head, as far south as Key West.” – Mary Kay Andrews 
  1. “Building a little bonfire at night on the beach and lying on a blanket with my wife under the stars is not only sexy, it’s romantic.” – Benjamin Bratt 
  1. “But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.” – H. P. Lovecraft 
  1. “Come walk with me, take off your shoes, let’s walk the beach with only the moon to light the path and waves to hear you tell me you love me.” – J. Henson 
  1. “Dance with the waves, move with the sea, let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” – Christy Ann Martine 
  1. “Don’t be afraid to go up to the hot girl on the beach.” – Charlotte McKinney 
  1. “Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” – Michelle Held 
  1. “During one new moon at perigee, I stood on high ground, watching salt ponds overflow, cover the beach, and meet the ocean. Because the moon was invisible, the water was black as it drowned the sand, and the event felt primal – which in fact it was, because it was nature.” – Luanne Rice 
  1. “Even castles made from sand fall to the ocean.” – Jimi Hendrix 
  1. “Every thought and word that a novelist thinks or writes is part of that castle constructed from sands on the beach of Me, including the turret or rampart or moat he may have thought or written on behalf of someone or something else.” – Steve Erickson

Woman along a beach running towards the sea

  1. “Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.” – Psyche Roxas-Mendoza 
  1. “Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” – Loren Eiseley 
  1. “Every writer has their rituals. For me, it’s morning walks along the beach.” – Sue Monk Kidd 
  1. “Footsteps in the sand will always leave an impression on my mind.” – Anthony T. Hincks 
  1. “For ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.” – H. P. Lovecraft 
  1. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
    It’s always our self we find in the sea.” –
    E. E. Cummings 
  1. “Have you ever just sat and listened to the waves rolling in, it is like an orchestra, beautiful relaxing music.” – Catherine Pulsifier 
  1. “Here’s my definition of a great beach read – a fabulous story that sucks me in like a black hole and when it’s over, it jettisons my bones across the galaxy with a hair on fire mission to convince everyone I know that they must read that book or they will die.” – Dorothea Benton Frank 
  1. “How thin and insecure is that little beach of white sand we call consciousness. I’ve always known that in my writing it is the dark troubled sea of which I know nothing, save its presence, that carried me. I’ve always felt that creating was a fearless and a timid, a despairing and hopeful, launching out into that unknown.” – Athol Fugard 
  1. “I’m all about shrimpburgers, reading, and going to the beach.” – Sarah Dessen

Child playing on the beach

  1. “I’m attempting to put myself in a bottle that will one day wash up on the beach for my children.” – Randy Pausch 
  1. “I am definitely a beach person. In fact, I am so much a beach person that my wife is allergic to beaches now.” – Barun Sobti 
  1. “I’m definitely much more of a beach bunny. I prefer the sun over the snow.” – Gillian Zinser 
  1. “I am like the foam that races over the beach or the moonlight that falls arrow-like here on a tin can, here on a spike of the mailed sea holly, or a bone or a half-eaten boat.” – Virginia Woolf 
  1. “I’m still obsessed with the beach whenever I’m home; when I’m on the beach, it feels like home to me.” – Brett Young 
  1. “I can see why some people become ‘beach bunnies’: you don’t have to think about things or even talk when you’re on the beach. You just sit here and feel good about being alive.” – Jennifer Allison 
  1. “I can’t picture going to a beach, or anywhere on vacation, without a couple of books as companions.” – Rosecrans Baldwin 
  1. “I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.” – Helen Keller 
  1. “I don’t feel I’ve arrived home until I get on the beach. All my life, the theater of the sea has been a very strong thing.” – Derek Walcott 
  1. “I enjoy art, architecture, museums, churches and temples; anything that gives me insight into the history and soul of the place I’m in. I can also be a beach bum – I like to laze in the shade of a palm tree with a good book or float in a warm sea at sundown.” – Cherie Lunghi

Woman in white dress standing in shallow water at night

  1. “I have always wanted to write a novel, and I tried many times but could never find the right story. One day, I was walking on the beach, and the idea for ‘Groundswell’ hit me. I went into the house and started writing and never stopped.” – Katie Lee 
  1. “I’ve grown up by the beach all my life, and I almost get anxiety if I haven’t been swimming for a couple weeks or a month.” – Flume 
  1. “I have spent many hours on the beach collecting sea glass, and I almost always wonder, as I bend to pick up chunk of bottle green or a shard of meringue white, what the history of the glass was. Who used it? Was it a medicine bottle? A bit of a ship’s lantern? Is that bubbled piece of glass with the charred bits inside it from a fire?” – Anita Shreve 
  1. “I have traveled a fair amount, and I have visited some great cities. I love architecture and museums and castles and ruins and central markets and even double-decker bus tours. But, I am a sucker for a tropical beach.” – Chelsea Cain 
  1. “I honestly think the beach is the only place children actually entertain themselves.” – Donna McLavy 
  1. “I like being in warm weather. I find that relaxes me. I like being near water. I like sitting on a beach and sort of hearing the water, watching waves break, looking at the shimmering. I find that really relaxing.” – Stephen A. Schwarzman 
  1. “I like to escape to the beach and kind of ground myself whenever I can.” – Lili Reinhart 
  1. “I like to go to my simple cottage by the ocean or, really, any beach!” – Barry Sternlicht 
  1. “I live in Florida, and when people ask how close to the beach I am, I say, ‘Twelve minutes or twelve hours. Depends on which beach you want to go to.’” – Jarod Kintz 
  1. “I live on the beach, and I always will.” – Nathan Phillips

Waves lapping against a shoreline with shells, seaweed, and whatnot illuminated by the setting sun

  1. “I look my best when I’m totally free, on holiday, walking on the beach.” – Rosamund Pike 
  1. “I love being on the beach – it’s my favorite place.” – Geri Halliwell 
  1. “I love going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. I think it’s so relaxing.” – Eugenie Bouchard 
  1. “I love going to the beach in the tropics and doing whatever I do – surfing, swimming or being – and the glow when I get a tan that deepens. I walk around with red and gold in my skin and feel like the most beautiful thing on the planet!” – Anika Noni Rose 
  1. “I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within – in front of the sea.” – Rafael Nadal 
  1. “I loved the smell of ocean water. Salt always smells like memory.” – Sherman Alexie 
  1. “I miss the beach, the peace it brings you. I love the sound and smell of the sea.” – Genesis Rodriguez 
  1. “I never feel more beautiful than after I’ve been to the beach and my hair’s just a crazy mess of salt curls.” – Troian Bellisario 
  1. “I pass my time in the open air on the beach when it is really heavy weather or when the boats go out fishing.” – Claude Monet 
  1. “I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me” – Anna Quindlen

Man sitting on a beach at night

  1. “I still love things that you don’t even need to pay for. Going to the beach and being around five of your friends and having a good time means so much more than going out and spending hundreds of dollars.” – Maria Sharapova 
  1. “I think that going to the beach as a child, being in the water and smelling that salt air and hearing the seagulls, it had a real calming effect. But also, it was a mysterious thing – I remember wondering what was under those dark New England seas.” – Brian Skerry 
  1. “I try to get to the beach every day. It brings sanity to my life. I’ll just sit and read a book and enjoy the quiet.” – Audrina Patridge 
  1. “I typically enjoy a beautiful beach destination, as I find the water and sand to be the most replenishing.” – Elizabeth Berkley 
  1. “I want to be a simple bride when I get married. I want a beach wedding where I am running around on the sand in a white dress.” – Sonakshi Sinha 
  1. “I want to run the beach’s length, because it never ends.” – Deborah Ager 
  1. “I was on the beach, and I was just thinking to myself that I have no one place where I actually feel like I’m at home. I came up with the idea of having no roots – never being grounded to a certain place but having your home with people who you love.” – Alice Merton 
  1. “I was on the beach every summer. That was the pleasant part of my childhood because we were right by the sea. We’d take a picnic, and I’d spend hours in the water until I turned blue. You couldn’t get me out of there.” – Olga Kurylenko 
  1. “I would be doing anything to avoid a 9-5 job and high heels. Lifeguard, beach volleyball player, whatever.” – Julie Foudy 
  1. “I would only read the novels that people classify as ‘beach books’ if I were being held prisoner and the only alternative was the ‘Book of Mormon’.” – Tom Robbins

Coconut palms on a white sand beach with a row of huts in the distance on turquoise waters all beneath a blue sky

  1. “If I want to go on holiday, I want to sit on a beach, swim, drink cocktails and read a book.” – Sam Riley 
  1. “If there is a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.” – Jimmy Buffett 
  1. “If you know that you have just three days at the beach, you will be so happy to be there every day.” – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu 
  1. “If you think about it, finding true love is a lot like finding a particular grain of sand on the beach.” – Chrissy Anderson 
  1. “In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” – Rachel Carson 
  1. “In Haiti, beach bodies are simply bodies, and beach reads are simply books, because the beach is all around you.” – Roxane Gay
  1. “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” – Khalil Gibran 
  1. “In times of uncertainty – whether it’s economic, psychological, emotional, or philosophical – people often say that the only thing we can truly control is our attitudes. If that’s true, then I’m going to spend today walking my 14-year-old dog on a free beach and treasuring the fact that she’s still alive.” – Ali Liebegott 
  1. “In this big ball of people, I’m just one grain of sand on this beach.” – Aurora 
  1. “It’s a marvelous thing, the ocean. For some reason when two people sit together looking out at it, they stop caring whether they talk or stay silent. You never get tired of watching it. And no matter how rough the waves get, you’re never bothered by the noise the water makes by the commotion of the surface – it never seems too loud, or too wild.” – Banana Yoshimoto

Aerial view of shoreline between the blue sea and green mountains

  1. “It is easier to do nothing by the sea than anywhere else … because bathing and basking on the shore cannot be considered an employment but only an apotheosis of loafing.” – E. F. Benson 
  1. “It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy… Beach Therapy.” – Amy Dykens 
  1. “It’s when I go down to the beach that the waves come up to greet me.” – Anthony T. Hincks 
  1. “Life gives you special moments, especially those that involve the beach.” – Larry Wilcox 
  1. “Life is a summer, full of fun,
    at the beach, under the sun.” –
    Debasish Mridha 
  1. “Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth.” – Heinrich Zimmer 
  1. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  1. “Living at the beach, it’s hard to get out of the sun.” – Stephen Dorff 
  1. “Long walks on the beach are the supposed holy grail of a romantic evening. The beach becomes a kind of utopia – the place where all our dreams come true.” – Roxane Gay 
  1. “Luxury is anything that feels special. I mean, it can be a moment, it can be a walk on the beach, it could be a kiss from your child, or it could be a beautiful picture frame, a special fragrance. I think luxury doesn’t necessarily have to mean expensive.” – Aerin Lauder

Woman in bikini standing on a rocky shore with white waves and a dense foliage in the background

  1. “My body’s urge is to be in a pair of shorts, working and going down to the beach.” – Derek Walcott 
  1. “My day is done, and I am like a boat drawn on the beach, listening to the dance-music of the tide in the evening.” – Rabindranath Tagore 
  1. “My dream is to have a house on the beach, even just a little shack somewhere so I can wake up, have coffee, look at dolphins, be quiet and breathe the air.” – Christina Applegate 
  1. “My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” – David Mitchell 
  1. “My life is like a stroll upon the beach,
    As near the ocean’s edge as I can go.” –
    Henry David Thoreau 
  1. “My perfect beach town isn’t a fancy resort or glitzy planned community. It’s a place with a hometown grocery that has decent meat, seafood, and a deli; a couple of ice cream shops; and a handful of good restaurants – where the island-wide dress code is ‘no shoes, no shirt, no problem’.” – Mary Kay Andrews 
  1. “No one knows anything about the fashion industry in Brazil. They don’t care what you do. They just want the beach and the sun and the fun. I feel the freest and the happiest there.” – Candice Swanepoel 
  1. “No words can express,
    The depth of her contentment,
    As she walks along the beach.
    As the waves lap against the shores,
    They create the rhythm of her life.
    Balmy breezes kiss,
    Her sun-bronzed skin,
    And she wonders…
    Could there ever be a greater destiny,
    Than to be born with a love,
    For the treasures of the sea?
    Here, she is home.” –
    Suzy Toronto 
  1. “Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.” – Ambrose Bierce 
  1. “On most holidays, you’ll find me in Mexico. Actually, on most holidays you won’t find me. I’m at a beach, and it’s wonderful.” – Krysten Sinema

A collection of shells and starfishes arrayed on brown sand

  1. “On the beach, you can live in bliss.” – Dennis Wilson 
  1. “Once your feet have touched the warm sun drenched sand of the seashore you will never ever be the same.” – Patsy Gant 
  1. “One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh 
  1. “One day, all your worries will set like the sun does and deserved happiness will come gushing like waves at the beach do. All you need to make sure is that your trips to beach never end.” – Jasleen Kaur Gumber 
  1. “One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding; how little one can get along with, not how much.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh 
  1. “One of my earliest memories is of seeing my mother in her beach chair, reading a book under an umbrella by the water’s edge while my sisters and I played beside her. Of all the life lessons she taught me, that is one of my favorites: to take time at a place I love, restore my spirit with books and the beach.” – Luanne Rice 
  1. “Only at the beach can we go a splishin’ and a splashin’.” – Kate Summers 
  1. “Perhaps summer’s ephemeral nature is what inspires us to embrace the beach read. We tell ourselves that these twisted plots and wild characters are literary ice cream sundaes – extravagant treats that aren’t as calorie-laden when we’re wearing flip flops.” – Sarah MacLean 
  1. “Play in the sand; splash in the water; get dirty; get wet. The beach is the only place my mom doesn’t get mad about me doing that stuff. Of course I love the beach!” – Dixie Dykens 
  1. “Remember that you are the ocean. And no one, not even the moon itself is allowed to control your glorious, beautiful tides.” – Nikita Gill

Woman jumping on white sand beach with turquoise waters

  1. “She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.” – Holly Black 
  1. “She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.” – Janet Fitch 
  1. “Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” – Van Morrison 
  1. “Sometimes just being on a beach with my loved ones is all the adventure I need.” – Guy Laliberte 
  1. “Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.” – Brian Wilson 
  1. “Timeless sea breezes,
    that for aeons have
    blown ancient rocks,
    you are purest space
    coming from afar…” –
    Rainer Maria Rilke 
  1. “That the sea is one of the most beautiful and magnificent sights in Nature, all admit.” – John Joly 
  1. “The beach is a place of solitude where I can set my spirit free and relax.” – M.L. Borges 
  1. “The beach is definitely where I feel most at home. It’s my oxygen. I forget how much I need it sometimes when I’m away working.” – Behati Prinsloo 
  1. “The beach is in our blood. Everyone in our family returns to the beach instinctively, just like the sea turtles.” – Sandy Archibald

Lone sunflower on a rocky shoreline with white waves crashing in the background

  1. “The beach is not a place to work; to read, write or to think.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh 
  1. “The beach is perfect, the sun is perfect, the sea is perfect. How pretty the little waves are, curling up the beach. They are perfectly lovely.” – Mary Borden 
  1. “The beach is truly home, its broad expanse of sand as welcoming as a mother’s open arms.” – Joan Anderson 
  1. “The beach reminds us of space. Fine sand grains, all more or less uniform in size, have been produced from the larger rocks through ages of jostling and rubbing, abrasion and erosion, again driven through waves and weather by distinct moon and Sun. The beach also reminds us of time. The world is much older than human species.” – Carl Sagan 
  1. “The beach represents all the children of the world.” – Gertrude Ederle 
  1. “The beach to me is a sacred zone between the earth and the sea, one of those in-between places where transitions can be experienced – where endings can be mourned and beginnings birthed.” – Joan Anderson 
  1. “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” – Karen Blixen 
  1. “The day I stop being inspired to write songs, I’ll go sit on the beach – until I become inspired again.” – Brett Eldredge 
  1. “The ideal formula for writing is naked on the beach. That’s it.” – Freddy Mercury 
  1. “The moon will light the clouds, just as the tide shall shape the sand.” – Anthony T. Hincks

Waves lap gently on the shoreline during golden hour

  1. “The ocean and I have many pebbles to find and wash off and roll into shape.” – William Stafford 
  1. “The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.” – Beyoncé Knowles 
  1. “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland 
  1. “The real enjoyment is on the beach and in the encounter with the water and with the way the sand heals the soul.” – Elizabeth Berkley 
  1. “The sea complains upon a thousand shores.” – Alexander Smith 
  1. “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 
  1. “The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.” – Christopher Paolini 
  1. “The sea lives in every one of us.” – Robert Wyland 
  1. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau 
  1. “The sea possesses a power over one’s moods that has the effect of a will. The sea can hypnotize. Nature in general can do so.” – Henrik Ibsen

Woman with surfboard running along the beach

  1. “The sun shines everywhere, not just on the beach.” – Brande Roderick 
  1. “The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.” – Henry Beston 
  1. “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.” – Kate Chopin 
  1. “The waves of the sea help me get back to me.” – Jill Davis 
  1. “There’s an ease that I have living in Australia. The best things about Sydney are free: the sunshine’s free, and the harbor’s free, and the beach is free.” – Russell Crowe 
  1. “There is better than a good chance that while relaxing on a beach somewhere or sipping a martini in your favorite lounge, you have heard music that makes raise your eyebrow and ask, ‘What kind of music is that?’” – Om Malik 
  1. “There is no place like the beach… where the land meets the sea and the sea meets the sky.” – Umair Siddiqui 
  1. “There’s nothing better for kids than a bucket and shovel at the beach.” – Thomas Gibson 
  1. “There’s nothing like taking Proust to the beach and daydreaming along to it.” – Jerry Hall 
  1. “There’s only one way to prepare for playing beach volleyball, and that’s by getting in the sand.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings

Swing hung on a coconut palm on a sandy beach

  1. “There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace its audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands.” – Cecelia Ahern 
  1. “There were times over the years when life was not easy, but if you’re working a few hours a day and you’ve got a good book to read, and you can go outside to the beach and dig for clams, you’re okay.” – Mary Oliver 
  1. “They picked up shells and sea glass, pebbles smooth and white. The wind blew and the surf hissed warm over their toes, sucked the sand from under their soles. The rhythm, the pulse of the sea soothed and electrified.” – Terri-Lynne DeFino 
  1. “This beach is what church once meant.” – Kevin Pilkington 
  1. “Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.” – Hermann Broch 
  1. “To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.” Emilia Wickstead 
  1. “To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” – Jeanne Moreau 
  1. “To me, the sea is like a person – like a child that I’ve known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea, I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there.” – Gertrude Ederle 
  1. “To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.” – Isaac Newton 
  1. “Today was about chasing sun-rays, beach waves, and sunsets. All things beautiful that give you peace are worth chasing. Everything else isn’t.” – April Mae Monterrosa

Setting sun viewed from the beach

  1. “Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.” – John Kenneth Galbraith 
  1. “We lived within two hundred yards of the sea, and its voice was in our ears night and day.” – Edward Carpenter 
  1. “What I want in a good beach read is sunshine, drama, easy-reading and transportation to another world and other people’s problems.” – Jane Green 
  1. “What’s beautiful about beach communities is for whatever reason, they feel like vacation to me.” – Hill Harper 
  1. “When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.” – Rainer Maria Rilke 
  1. “When I come out of the ocean my eyes are sparkling. I feel like I’m reborn.” – Janne Robinson 
  1. “When I need to take time to reenergize, I go somewhere by the ocean to sit back and watch the sunsets.” – Guy Laliberte 
  1. “When I see old photos of me on the beach I don’t look too bad… but it’s hard trying to breathe in for such a long time when I spot the photographers!” – Gary Lineker 
  1. “When I think back to my childhood, I just think of the word ‘freedom.’ In the summers, we spent all day on the beach.” – Donna Langley 
  1. “When I was learning to creep, my mother set me down on the beach to see what I thought of it. I crawled straight for the coming wave and was just through the wall of green when she caught my heels.” – Sylvia Plath

Woman running along the shoreline with green hills and houses in the background

  1. “When my toes are sunk into warm sand and the ocean is lapping my feet, when I breathe in the scent of salt and hear the cry of a seagull, I know that I am returned to a place of restoration. I am home. I can heal here.” – Toni Sorenson 
  1. ““When the tidal waves wildly behaving
    My bare feet on the shore busy saving
    The calm warmth leaking out of the sand
    To let my heart feel peacefully tanned!” –
    Munia Khan 
  1. “When two roads diverge…take the one that leads to the beach!” – Hannah McKinnon 
  1. “When we walk along the beach and feel the sand beneath our toes and then the surf sends small waves to gently caress our feet; then we smell the saltiness upon the wind; that is when we know that we have come home from whence we came.” – Anthony T. Hincks 
  1. “Where does a wise man kick a pebble? On the beach. Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest.” – G. K. Chesterton 
  1. “Wherever I am in the world, my perfect day begins with waking up and heading to the beach or the pool or somewhere I can be semi-comatose. I just wake up and go to the sun.” – Zaha Hadid 
  1. “Who doesn’t want that salty beach hair?” – Nina Agdal 
  1. “Who knows the real worth of summer at the beach without a good taste of the seaside in winter?” – Julia Glass 
  1. “Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri 
  1. “Why does the ocean rock the moon to sleep every night? So the sun will wake and kiss the beach.” – J. Henson

Man with hands in his pocket standing on a beach at dusk

  1. “Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.” – Cyril Connolly 
  1. “Writers begin with a grain of sand, and then create a beach.” – Robert Black 
  1. “Writing on the beach is not what it’s cracked up to be. The sand blows, and you perspire, and the page gets all blotty and messed up, so I don’t do that anymore.” – Elmore Leonard 
  1. “You all want to know what my dream is? Very simple. To walk along the beach, holding the hand of my lover.” – Michelle Bachelet 
  1. “You can be really happy and at the same time a vagabond on the beach.” – Cherie Lunghi 
  1. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn 
  1. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi 
  1. “You stand next to the sea and you’re in touch with all your longings and all your losses.” – Elizabeth Hay 
  1. “You’ll never find your gold on a sandy beach.” – Jim Steinman

Woman in dress sitting on a beach and playing with the sand with a lifeguard station in the background

 

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