In a calm every one can steer. [ Proverb ]
Happily to steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe. [ Pope ]
Steer not after every mariners direction. [ Proverb ]
Happy who in his verse can gently steer,
From grave to light, from pleasant to severe. [ John Dryden ]
These eyes tho' clear
To outward view of blemish or of spot.
Bereft of light, their seeing have forgot.
Nor to their idle orbs doth sight appear
Of sun, or moon, or star, throughout the year.
Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not
Against Heaven's hand or will, nor have a jot
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
Right onward. [ Milton ]
The careful insect 'midst his works I view,
Now from the flowers exhaust the fragrant dew.
With golden treasures load his little thighs,
And steer his distant journey through the skies. [ Gay ]
A daring pilot in extremity;
Pleased with the danger, when the waves went high
He sought the storms; but, for a calm unfit,
Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide; [ Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel ]
Yet I argue not against heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot of heart or hope, but still bear up and steer right onward. [ Milton ]
The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer. [ Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman ]
Man is the will and woman is the sentiment. In this ship of humanity, Will is the rudder and Sentiment the sail; when woman affects to steer, the rudder is only a masked sail. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
As the cautious pilot steers the ship clear of the breakers, and brings the vessel safe to port, so should we steer our life-ship clear of the rocks and shoals of sin to the port of everlasting life. [ James Ellis ]
We are never without a pilot. When we know not how to steer, and dare not hoist a sail, we can drift. The current knows the way, though we do not. The ship of heaven guides itself, and will not accept a wooden rudder. [ Emerson ]