If you're not already craving a trip to the coast, these wise words will inspire wanderlust like no other.
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"In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth."
Pictured: Kee Beach, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
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"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul."
Pictured: Anna Maria Island, Florida
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"To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?"
Pictured: East Hampton, New York
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"Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach."
Pictured: Marconi Beach, Wellfleet, Cape Cod National Seashore
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"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea."
—E. E. Cummings
Pictured: Alys Beach, Florida
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"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
Pictured: Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon
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"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."
Pictured: Acadia National Park, Maine
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"The cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears, or the sea."
Pictured: Laguna Beach, California
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"After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world."
Pictured: Big Sur, California
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"The sea lives in every one of us."
Pictured: Front Beach, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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"The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."