150 Best Pirate Quotes That Arrrgh Great

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 12, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Feb 22, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
Jolly Roger Pirate boat.

A pirate is a robber who travels by water.

Pirates mostly targeted other ships but in some cases, they also attacked coastal towns and cities. Some of the most famous pirates in existence were Anne Bonny, William Kidd, and Mary Read to name a few.

Our assumption of pirates is someone who is a swashbuckling, brutish, and perhaps an evil person, whereas, in reality, they were just normal people who turned to a life of crime to make ends meet.

During the age of pirates, they mostly sailed in the regions of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar and the Caribbean as these areas were outside the law and state governance. There are still pirates who are famous today, like Blackbeard, whose favourite quote was "let's jump on board and cut them to pieces!

", and Captain Jack Sparrow, known for his catchphrase, "why is the rum gone?"

If you have a boat or ship and want a cool name for it then here are some suggestions - Queen Anne’s Revenge, The Flying Dragon, Bachelor’s Delight, and Golden Hind.

Famous Pirate Quotes

Some of the best pirate sayings and quotes from real-life famous pirates in existence. Get to know little-known facts about them.

1. “As to hanging, it is no great hardship. For were it not for that, every cowardly fellow would turn pirate and so unfit the sea, that men of courage must starve.” - Anne Bonny.

 2. “Under the leadership of a man you have all chosen to flee. We shall see how you prove yourselves under the hand of a woman.” - Ching Shih.

3. “Damn you villains, who are you? And from whence came you?” - Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach.

 4. “Damn my blood, I am sorry they won’t let you have your sloop again, for I scorn to do anyone a mischief, when it is not for my advantage.” - Black Sam Bellamy.

 5. “There is none of you but will hang me, I know, whenever you can clinch me within your power.” - Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts.

 6. “Let’s jump on board, and cut them to pieces.” - Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach. 

 7. “I am sorry to see you here, but if you had fought like a man, you needn’t be hanged like a dog.” - Anne Bonny.

 8. “For my part, I am the innocentest person of them all, only I have been sworn against by perjured persons.” - William Kidd.

 9. “If you’ll turn sober, and mind your business, perhaps in time I may make you one of my Lieutenants, if not, here’s a boat alongside and you shall be set ashore.” - Captain Henry Avery.

 10. “In an honest service there is thin commons, low wages, and hard labor; in this, plenty and satiety, pleasure and ease, liberty and power.” - Bartholomew 'Black Bart' Roberts.

 11. “Your words surround you like fog and make you hard to see.” - Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach.

 12. “Heaven, you fool? Did you ever hear of any pirates going thither? Give me hell, it’s a merrier place: I'll give Roberts a salute of 13 guns at entrance.” - Thomas Sutton.

 13. “I am a man of fortune and must seek my fortune.” - Captain Henry Avery.

 14. “I am a free prince, and I have as much authority to make war on the whole world, as he who has a hundred sail of ships at sea and an army of 100,000 men in the field.” - Black Sam Bellamy.

 15. “If there’s a man among ye, ye’ll come up and fight like the man ye are to be!” - Mary Read.

 16. “Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.” - Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach.

Quotes About Pirates

Funny pirate quotes and pirate ship quotes from famous people which might help you in knowing more about pirates.

17. “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.” - Steve Jobs.

18. “Even pirates, before they attack another ship, hoist a black flag.” - Bela Kiraly.

19. “There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.” - James Russell Lowel.

20. “I think pirates, like astronauts, particularly for a boy, are always kind of worth thinking about.” - Daniel Handler.

21. “It is when pirates count their booty that they become mere thieves.” - William Bolitho.

22. “The pirate he will sink you with a kiss, he’ll steal your heart and sail away.” - Joni Mitchell.

23. “In politics and in trade, bruisers and pirates are of better promise than talkers and clerks.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

24. “It’s funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating.” - Jack Handey.

25. “A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean.” - Thomas Jefferson.

26. “Merchant and pirate were for a long period one and the same person. Even today mercantile morality is really nothing but a refinement of piratical morality.” - Friedrich Nietzsche.

27. “Life's pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I'm a pirate, after all.” - Johnny Depp.

Pirate Love Quotes

Love and inspirational pirate quotes from literature and movies.

28. “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” - Dread Pirate Roberts, ‘The Princess Bride’.

29. “Since we met in love, let us part in love.” - Howell Davis.

30. “Ah. Love. A dreadful bond.” - Davy Jones, ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’.

31. “If you choose to lock your heart away, you’ll lose it for certain.” - Jack Sparrow, ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’.

32. “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” - Mark Twain, ‘Life On The Mississippi’.

Quotes By Jack Sparrow From The ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Series

Greatest quotes from the Captain of the Black Pearl himself portrayed by Johnny Depp! These Jack Sparrow quotes, all from the 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' series, are worth a read.

33. “You can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly … stupid.”

34. “My tremendous intuitive sense of the female creature informs me that you are troubled.”

35. “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”

36. “You may kill me but you might never insult me.”

37. “I love those moments. I like to wave at them as they pass by.”

38. “You’re the ones in the need of rescuing and I’m not sure if I’m in the mood.”

39. “Why should I sail with any of you? Four of you tried to kill me in the past, one of you succeeded.”

40. “Did everyone see that? Because I will not be doing it again.”

41. “But better to not know which moment may be your last. Every morsel of your entire being alive to the infinite mystery of it all.”

42. “Me? I’m dishonest and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It’s the honest ones you want to watch out for.”

43. “Close your eyes and pretend it's all a bad dream. That’s how I get by.”

44. “Did no one come to save me just because they missed me?”

45. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?”

46. “The seas may be rough but I am the Captain! No matter how difficult, I will always prevail.”

47. “This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow.”

48. “Why fight when you can negotiate?”

49. “I’ve got a jar of dirt!”

50.  “James Norrington: You are without a doubt the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of.

Jack Sparrow: But you have heard of me.”

- 'The Pirates Of The Caribbean'.

51. “Will Turner: This is either madness, or brilliance.”

Jack Sparrow: It’s remarkable how often those two traits coincide.”

- 'The Pirates Of The Caribbean'.

52. “No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder.”

53. “Crazy people don’t know they're crazy, therefore I’m not crazy, isn’t that crazy?”

54. “Batten down the hatches, mates, it’s gonna get ugly! Relatively speaking.”

55. “Risky thing, helping slaves escape.”

56. “Spanish pirates! Vagabonds and lummoxes! What are they doing in our Caribbean, I’d like to know? Don't they have their own sea to pillage and plunder?”

Pirate Quotes From Movies

Pirate quotes from various movies about pirates.

57. “The Great Gonzo: I thought pirates had talking parrots as pets.

Long John Silver: Talking... parrots?

Bad Polly: What an imagination. First pirates, now talking parrots, what’s next?”

- ‘Muppet Treasure Island’.

58. “We have been boarded by four armed pirates. You know the drill. We stay hidden no matter what.” - ‘Captain Phillips’.

59. “Captain Bully Hayes: Are you putting down in that book that I’m a pirate?

Writer: Well, in a manner of speaking, I suppose I could say that I am, yes.

Captain Bully Hayes: Good! Because I am! And a damn good pirate too.”

- ‘Savage Islands’. 

60. “The only two things a pirate’ll run for is money and public office.” - ‘Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island’.

61. "You know, the problem with being the last of anything, by and by there will be none left at all."- ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End’.

62. “You got the makings of greatness in you, but you got to take the helm and chart your own course!” - Long John Silver, ‘Treasure Planet’.

Quotes From ‘Treasure Island’

Quotes from the novel about pirates written by Robert Louis Stevenson.

63. “If it comes to a swinging, swing all, say I.”

64. “Sir, with no intention to take offense, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.”

65. “Them that die’ll be the lucky ones.”

66. “You can kill the body, Mr. Hands, but not the spirit;”

67. “I’m a plain man; rum and bacon and eggs is what I want,”

68. “There’s never a man looked me between the eyes and seen a good day a’terward.”

69. “It’s a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes, and you may lay to that.” 

‘Black Sails’ Quotes

Quotes from the pirate show which might be considered the best show based on pirates in recent years!

70. “When the king brands us, pirates, he doesn’t mean to make us adversaries. He doesn’t mean to make us criminals. He means to make us monsters.” - Captain Flint.

71. “Me, I can’t help myself. I see an opportunity, I take it. It’s a sickness. Truly.” - John Silver.

 72. “When I take something from a man – his ship, his money, his life – I don’t hide behind a clerk. I don’t hide behind the law. I don’t hide behind anything. I look him in his eye and I give him every chance to deny me.” - Captain Charles Vane.

73. “Our crew is less than a day removed from a mutiny. I don’t care how much gold you dangle in front of them, that hatred doesn’t just disappear.” - Billy.

74. “It isn’t about getting them to like you; it’s about reminding them how much they dislike each other.” - John Silver.

 75.  “I don’t really want to be on this crew a day longer than is absolutely necessary. I don’t want to be a pirate. I’m not interested in the life.” - John Silver.

76. “I built this from nothing. And none of it is real.” - Max.

77. “In the end, that’s all I want: to walk away from the sea and find some peace.” - Captain Flint.

78. “I don’t believe I can find anywhere else on earth--a big prize. And with it freedom. From water, from hunger, from wages.” - John Silver.

79. “In the dark, there is discovery, there is possibility, there is freedom in the dark once someone has illuminated it.” - Captain Flint.

‘One Piece’ Quotes

Quotes about pirates and life at sea from the long-running fun and adventurous hit anime 'One Piece' by Eiichiro Oda.

80. “You need to accept the fact that you’re not the best and have all the will to strive to be better than anyone you face.” - Roronoa Zoro.

81. “Once a person passes on, only dead bones remain. If there is one thing I can’t stand, it is a person with no respect for life.” - Brook.

82. “It may be hard right now… But you must silence those thoughts! Stop counting only those things that you have lost! What is gone, is gone!” - Jinbei.

83. “You want to keep everyone from dying? That’s naive. It’s war. People die.” - Monkey Luffy.

 84. “Protecting what we cherish most is the reason why we formed this pirate crew.” - Usopp.

85. “What do you know of death?! Have you ever died?! You think death will preserve your cause forever?! Ridiculous! Death doesn't leave anything behind!” - Brook.

86. “It’s not about whether it’s impossible or not, I’m doing it because I want to.” - Monkey Luffy.

 87. “My wealth and treasures? If you want it, I’ll let you have it. Look for it, I left all of it at that place!” - Gol Roger.

88. “You can’t see the whole picture until you look at it from the outside.” - Trafalgar Law.

89. “There is someone that I must meet again. And until that day…not even Death itself can take my life away!” - Roronoa Zoro.

90. “Only weak men would die after someone spared their lives!” - Monkey Luffy.

91. “Those who are willing to fight beside me in the battle for freedom, come aboard my ship, I will change this world someday, I swear it.” - Monkey Dragon.

92. “People’s dreams… Never end!” - Marshall Teach.

93. “If I can’t even protect my captain’s dream, then whatever ambition I have is nothing but talk!” - Roronoa Zoro.

94. “Forgetting is like a wound. The wound may heal but it has already left a scar.” - Monkey Luffy.

‘Assassin’s Creed Black Flag’ Quotes

Quotes from the Assassin's Creed game based on pirates.

95. “Mary Read: Nothing is true. Everything is permitted. This is the world’s only certainty."

96. “If I don’t find some means to make the fifth a quiet and cozy voyage, I'd rather sink to the Devil's doorstep than call myself cap'n another year.” - Edward Thatch.

97. “I am with riches and reputation, feeling no wiser than when I left home. ” - Edward Kenway.

98. “All men are sheep. And that an old wolf like me deserves every ounce of blood he draws.” - Bartholomew Roberts.

99. “It’s all a big show. Give your quarry something to fear, some hellish thing from a fever dream, and men will drop to their knees pleading for their Lord before all else!” - Edward Thatch.

Pirate captions for Instagram

Add a fun caption to your pirate-themed Instagram post!

100. Sailors tell stories.

101. The captain is always right.

102. Sometimes it just takes a pirate to get the job done.

103. A pirate’s life for me.

104. Sailors tell stories, pirates make legends.

105. Pirate booty.

106. Party like a pirate.

107. A smooth sea never made a skilled pirate.

108. Talk pirate to me, baby.

109. Keep calm and… raise the Jolly Roger!

110. Work like a captain, play like a pirate.

111. Pirate for hire.

112. Once a pirate, always a pirate.

113. You’re my first mate.

Funny pirate captions

114. To err is human but to arr is pirate.

115. A Pirate’s favorite movie is one that is rated “ARRRR”!

116. Keep calm… and say Arrr!

117. Why be a princess when you can be a pirate?

118. You had me at ahoy.

Pirate pun captions

119. Time flies when you’re having rum!

120. I just want to be a pirate… but I couldn’t get my ship together.

121. Always be who you arrrr…

122. I don’t give a ship!

123. Just another pirate looking for some booty.

124. You arrrrrr my most sought after treasure.

125. When I grow up, aye wanna be a pirate.

126. Captain of the ship show.\

Pirate sayings from TV

127. "I may be a pirate, but I bristle at the thought of a woman losing her heart. Unless it’s over me." - Captain Killian Hook, Once Upon a Time

128. "In the dark, there is discovery, there is possibility, there is freedom in the dark once someone has illuminated it." - Captain Flint, Black Sails

129. "Revenge may sate your being, but don’t misunderstand me, my dear. It’s an end, not a beginning." - Captain Killian Hook, Once Upon a Time

130. "Nobody will believe it’s possible until we show them." - Captain Flint, Black Sails

131. "Actually, I quite fancy you from time to time. When you’re not yelling at me." - Captain Killian Hook, Once Upon a Time

Quotes from real pirates

Here is a selection of quotes and sayings from actual pirates in history.

132. "I am a man of fortune and must seek my fortune." - Captain Henry Every

133. "Waves crack with wicked fury against me ship’s hull while ocean currents rage as the full moon rises o’re the sea." - Captain John Phillips (circa 1723)

134. "In an honest service, there is thin commons, low wages, and hard labor." - Black Bart

135. "If you’d fought like a man, you would not have been hang’d like a dog." - Anne Bonny

136. "Heaven, you fool? Did you ever hear of any pirates going thither? Give me hell, it’s a merrier place. - Thomas Sutton

137. "Damn ye, you are a sneaking puppy, and so are all those who will submit to be governed by laws which rich men have made for their own security." - “Black” Sam Bellamy

138. "Hark ye, you Cocklyn and la Bouche, I find by strengthening you, I have put a rod into your hands to whip myself, but I am still able to deal with you both; but since we met in love, let us part in love, for I find that three of a trade can never agree." - Howell Davis

139. "Under the leadership of a man you have all chosen to flee. We shall see how you prove yourselves under the hand of a woman." - Madame Ching

140. "In an honest service there is thin commons, low wages, and hard labor; in this, plenty and satiety, pleasure and ease, liberty and power; and who would not balance creditor on this side, when all the hazard that is run for it, at worst, is only a sour look or two at choking.

No, a merry life and a short one, shall be my motto." - Bartholomew Roberts

Pirate Quotes From Disney movies

141. "The truth is far too much fun." - Captain Hook, Hook.

142. "You got the makings of greatness in you, but you got to take the helm and chart your own course! Stick to it, no matter the squalls." - Long John Silver, Treasure Planet

143. "I’ve just had a sublime vision. All the jagged parts of my life have come together to form a complete and mystical… whole." - Captain Hook, Hook.

144. "Vile and dissolute creatures, the lot of them. I intend to see that any man who sails under a pirate flag or wears a pirate brand gets what he deserves: a short drop and a sudden stop." - Norrington, Pirates of the Caribbean

145. "Take what you can, give nothing back." - Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

146. "I’ve had it with wobbly-legged, rum-soaked pirates!" - Elizabeth Swann, Pirates of the Caribbean

147. "One soul is not equal to another." - Davy Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean

148. "Norrington: You are without doubt the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of.
Jack Sparrow: But you have heard of me." - Pirates of the Caribbean

149. "It is my intention to commandeer one of these ships, pick up a crew in Tortuga, raid, pillage, plunder and otherwise pilfer my weasely black guts out." - Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

150. "Ha-ha-ha! You wouldn’t dare fight old Hook man-to-man. You’d fly away like a cowardly sparrow!" - Captain Hook, Peter Pan.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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