100 Best Pirate Quotes That Arrrgh Great

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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, who's 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.

For more related content take a look at 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' quotes and 'Treasure Island' quotes.

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 year 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

Pirate quotes are educational.

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.”

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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.”

― Jack Sparrow.

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.”

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

48. “If you choose to lock your heart away, you’ll lose it for certain.”

― Jack Sparrow.

49. “Why fight when you can negotiate?”

― Jack Sparrow.

50. “I’ve got a jar of dirt!”

― Jack Sparrow.

51.  “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'.

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

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

- 'The Pirates Of The Caribbean'.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

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

― Jack Sparrow.

56. “Risky thing, helping slaves escape.”

― Jack Sparrow.

57. “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?”

― Jack Sparrow.

Pirate Quotes From Movies

Pirate quotes from various movies about pirates.

58. “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’.

59. “We have been boarded by four armed pirates. You know the drill. We stay hidden no matter what.”

—  ‘Captain Phillips’.

60. “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’.

61. “The only two things a pirate’ll run for is money and public office.”

— ‘Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island’.

62. "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’.

63. “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.

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

― ‘Treasure Island’.

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

― ‘Treasure Island’.

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

― ‘Treasure Island’.

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

― ‘Treasure Island’.

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

― ‘Treasure Island’.

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

―  ‘Treasure Island’.

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

―  ‘Treasure Island’.

Black Sails Quotes

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

71. “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, 'Black Sails'.

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

— John Silver, 'Black Sails'.

73. “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, 'Black Sails'.

74. “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, 'Black Sails'.

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

— John Silver, 'Black Sails'.

76.  “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, 'Black Sails'.

77. “I built this from nothing. And none of it is real.”

— Max, 'Black Sails'.

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

— Captain Flint, 'Black Sails'.

79. “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, 'Black Sails'.

80. “In the dark, there is discovery, there is possibility, there is freedom in the dark once someone has illuminated it.”

— Captain Flint, 'Black Sails'.

One Piece Quotes

Pirate quotes are inspiring.

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

81. “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, 'One Piece'.

82. “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, 'One Piece'.

83. “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, 'One Piece'.

84. “You want to keep everyone from dying? That’s naive. It’s war. People die.”

— Monkey Luffy, 'One Piece'.

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

— Usopp, 'One Piece'.

86. “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, 'One Piece'.

87. “It’s not about whether it’s impossible or not, I’m doing it because I want to.”

— Monkey Luffy, 'One Piece'.

88. “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, 'One Piece'.

89. “You can’t see the whole picture until you look at it from the outside.”

— Trafalgar Law, 'One Piece'.

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

— Roronoa Zoro, 'One Piece'.

91. “Only weak men would die after someone spared their lives!”

— Monkey Luffy, 'One Piece'.

92. “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, 'One Piece'.

93. “People’s dreams… Never end!”

— Marshall Teach, 'One Piece'.

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

— Roronoa Zoro, 'One Piece'.

95. “Forgetting is like a wound. The wound may heal but it has already left a scar.”

— Monkey Luffy, 'One Piece'.

Assassins Creed Black Flag Quotes

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

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

- 'Assassin's Creed: Black Flag'.

97. “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, 'Assassin's Creed: Black Flag'.

98. “I am with riches and reputation, feeling no wiser than when I left home. ”

— Edward Kenway, 'Assassin's Creed: Black Flag'.

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

— Bartholomew Roberts, 'Assassin's Creed: Black Flag'.

100. “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, 'Assassin's Creed: Black Flag'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for pirate quotes then why not take a look at Jack Sparrow quotes, or Peter Pan quotes?


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