Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old captain quotes, captain sayings, and captain proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

List Of Motivational Captain Quotes And Sayings


One of the advantages of being Captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.

James T. Kirk

A good director has to be a captain – he has to work with a lot of people every day.

Melanie Laurent

You are like a captain navigating a ship… You must give the right orders, thoughts and images to your subconscious which controls and governs all your experiences.

Joseph Murphy

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.

St. Thomas Aquinas

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll; I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

We are the captains of our own ships sailing the sea of life, but in times of a stormy weather, you will discover true friends when they don’t hesitate to be a lighthouse.


I prefer to sail in a bad ship with a good captain rather than sail in good ship with a bad captain.

Mehmet Murat ildan

A frightened captain makes a frightened crew.

Lister Sinclair

There can be only one Captain to a ship.

Thomas John Barnardo

Best Inspirational Captain Quotes And Sayings


You are the captain of your own ship; don’t let anyone else take the wheel.

Michael Josephson 


I am the captain of my destiny, I do not abandon the ship in hard times. But, I do have sense enough not to go down with the ship.

Cesare Pavese

Our great captain’s captain.

William Shakespeare 

A man without religion or spiritual vision is like a captain who finds himself in the midst of an uncharted sea, without compass, rudder and steering wheel. He never knows where he is, which way he is going and where he is going to land.

William J. H. Boetcker

A brave captain is as a root, out of which, as branches, the courage of his soldiers doth spring.

Philip Sidney

Be the captain of your ship. Breathe and be grateful.

Michael Lomenda

Part of being a captain is knowing when to smile, make the troops happy even when it’s the last thing in the world you want to do. Because they’re your troops and you have to take care of them.

Captain Sisko 

In calm water, every ship has a good captain.

Grover Cleveland 

The captain of a ship is not chosen from those of the passengers who come from the best family.

Blaise Pascal

When the storm brews and the waves swell, only an experienced captain can control the ship and save it.

Mata Amritanandamayi

Famous Humorous Captain Quotes And Proverbs


The captain of a ship can run a great ship, but he can’t do anything about the tides.

Matthew Norman 

A man may own a ship, but unless he is captain of a crew he goes where the ship goes.

Josephine Tey

The hallmark of a great captain is the ability to win the toss, at the right time.

Richie Benaud

A captain who does not know where he wants to sail, there is no wind on Earth that will bring him there.

Ami Ayalon

No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.

Horatio Nelson

With a good captain, a rough ocean turns into a calm lake; with a bad captain, a calm lake turns into a rough ocean!

Mehmet Murat ildan

A ship at sea is its own world. To be the captain of a ship is to be the unquestioned ruler of that world and requires all of the leadership skills of a prince or minister.

Col. Corazon Santiago

I am the captain of my soul.

Nelson Mandela

When you are captain, you are never speaking for yourself.

Brian O’Driscoll

A good captain is not made from calm seas.


You are the captain of your ship that never comes in.

Daniel Lee