294 – “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are made for.”

–John Augustus Shedd

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”

–Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

Quote Number:  711

Source: Shedd, John A. Salt from My Attic. The Mosher Press: Portland, Maine. 1928, Pg 20. Cited in The Yale Book of Quotations. Fred R Shapiro, editor. 2006, Pg 705.

It is widely documented that Rear Admiral Grace Hopper used this quote

Source Notes: It is most likely that these quotes developed independently from one another, although an earlier general saying may have existed.


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