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A Mermaid is a mythical sea creature with the upper body and head of a human female and the tail of a fish, said to be found among waves of the oceans.

Merman is the male equivalent of the mermaid. Although, they are not as prevalent in stories and folklores as the mermaid.

There are thousands of stories on these mysterious beings, the earliest known story appeared in Assyria about a goddess who, ashamed of her, sin jumped into a lake and took the form of a fish. However, the waters proved unable to conceal her divine beauty and thereafter she transforms into a mermaid. They are commonly associated with beauty, fertility, and existence under the ocean while in some cultures they represent the brutal and deceitful nature of the sea that lures men to their deaths. As such the physical portrayal of the mermaid varies from beautiful ethereal creatures to terrifying vicious monsters.

For more related content, check out [ocean quotes] and boat quotes.

Inspirational Mermaid Quotes

Some of the best inspirational quotes and mermaid sayings from around the world that are amazing!

1. “Your soul is so bohemian, free, and gypsy wild. Come swim with me in the calming sea, let’s be mermaids for a while.”

― Melody Lee.

2. “I must be a Mermaid. I have no fear of depth and a great fear of shallow living.”

― Anias Nin.

3. “There are people all over the world who carry the mermaid inside them.”

— Carolyn Turgeon.

4. “The turquoise tide shimmered in shades of mermaid tails against the alabaster shore.”

― Karen Marie Moning.

5. “We are the glamorous mermaids in the ocean that offers us another magical journey.”

— Cinda Swalley.

6. “The mermaid is an archetypal image that represents a woman who is at ease in the great waters of life, the waters of emotion.”

― Anita Johnson.

7. “When you love someone completely, you'll do anything to protect them, even if you sacrifice your soul. Because if you don't, you destroy your soul anyway.”

— Joey W. Hill.

8. “Where there's water, we find mermaids. Maybe it's time we started asking ourselves exactly why that is.”

— Mira Grant.

9. “Like a mermaid in sea-weed, she dreams awake, trembling in her soft and chilly nest.”

― John Keats.

10. “What you have to understand about the mermaid legend is that it's universal. No matter where you go, the mermaids got there first.”

― Mira Grant.

11. “Be a mermaid who doesn’t stop until she makes tidal waves. be a mermaid who knows to stop before she devastates the world with her.”

— Amanda Lovelace.

Mermaid Quotes And Sayings

Mermaid quotes and sayings are educational.

Some great mermaid phrases, mermaid sayings, and mermaid ocean quotes that are refreshing for the mind.

12. “She is water, powerful enough to drown you, soft enough to cleanse you.”

― Adrian Michael.

13. “Maybe I'm still the mermaid.

Maybe the ocean is your hand.”

— Kelli Russell Agodon.

14. “One day, in its own time, the ocean will give her back.”

― Unknown*

15. “Walking through this life half-sleeping, everything at arm's length or farther away. I understood those mermaids. I didn't care if they sang to me.”

― Sarah Densen.

16. "I shall wear white flannel trousers,

and walk upon the beach.”

― T. S. Eliot.

17. “I've always been obsessed with things that are half animal and half human - like mermaids and Minotaurs - because they are trapped in an animal body. And I felt trapped in my own life.”

― Riccardo Tisci.

18. “The safest way to get what you want is to deserve what you want.”

― Charlie Munger.

19. “We have lingered in the chambers of the sea

By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown

Till human voices wake us... and we drown.”

― T.S. Eliot.

20. “Nobody wants to admit that mermaids who survive the dangers of the ocean can still be defeated by their own pain.”

― Emm Cole.

21. “The mermaids came to me finally, in the pink hours of my existence. They are my consolation.”

― Sue Monk Kidd.

22. “The last thing they want is for you to thrive in your habitat because they stand in their atmosphere where they beg and gasp for some air.”

― C. JoyBell C.

23. “Any soul you are attached to is a mermaid for you because it slowly pulls you into the pond of its bad Karma.”

— Shunya.

24. “Way down to the bottom of the ocean to find where the mermaids sang, each to each. Where there was danger and beauty and light.”

― Marisha Pessl, ‘Night Film’.

25. “She is a mermaid but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in.”

— J. Iron.

Famous Mermaid Quotes

Mermaids are said to be sighted close to ocean waves! Here are some of the best mermaid sayings and quotes about them from famous personalities.

26. “A mermaid has not an immortal soul, nor can she obtain one unless she wins the love of a human being. On the power of another hangs her eternal destiny.”

― Hans Christian Andersen.

27. “I just love mermaids. I was a mermaid in my past life. I just feel it when I go in the sea.”

― Ella Henderson.

28. “Mermaids are not the monsters you humans think we are.”

― Sarah Henning.

29. “The sea always filled her with longing.”

― Cornelia Funke.

30. “But a mermaid has no tears.”

― Hans Christian Andersen.

31. “Maybe I would become a mermaid...My fingernails would be tiny shells and my skin would be like a jade with light shining through it. I would never have to come back up.”

― Francesca Lia Block.

32. “I'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall.”

― William Shakespeare, ‘King Henry VI’.

33. “The sea waves stirred before me

they dashed against the rocks

Like a mermaid rising from its depths

curled white sea foam were her locks…”

― Giselle V. Steele.

34. “Newly come from the river, she knew nothing.

She was a mermaid who had lost her way.”

― Pablo Neruda.

35. “I felt a little like a mermaid, rendered voiceless by her own longing.”

— Seanan McGuire.

36. “Your soul is so bohemian, free and gypsy wild. Come swim with me in the calming sea, let's be mermaids for awhile.”

— Melody Lee.

37. “They were beautiful dark lakes in which her thoughts swam about like mermaids.”

― Hans Christian Andersen.

38. “If you are curious you might never come home, like all the men who now live with mermaids at the bottom of the sea. Or the people who found Atlantis.”

— Jeanette Winterson.

39. “There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.”

— Herman Melville.

40. “You've never tasted salty air on your tongue or waved heartily at a mermaid!”

— Gideon Defoe.

41. “And then I cried a flood of tears as if I really were a mermaid who had absorbed too much sea into herself.”

― Francesca Lia Block.

42. “Mermaid tears were treasure, meant to be guarded close to one’s heart. They brought wishes of true love and kept you safe.”

— Kerry Lonsdale, ‘All The Breaking Waves’.

43. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

— Jacques Yves Cousteau.

Mermaid Love Quotes

Mermaids have always been a subject of fantasy among poets and authors alike in romantic novels. Here are some of the best mermaid sayings and quotes on love about them.

44. “And I am here, the mermaid whose dark hair streams black, the merman in his armored body.”

— Adrienne Rich.

45. “I thought of Atargatis, the First, frightening and beautiful. The mermaid goddess who lived on in the soul of every woman who'd ever fallen in love with the ocean.”

— Sarah Ockler.

46. “Like a mermaid rising from an ocean of paper, the girl emerged across the room.”

— Brian Selznick.

47. “A mermaid found a swimming lad,

Picked him up for her own.”

— W.B. Yeats.

48. “Don't interrupt. She knows words that mermaids taught her...I'm falling asleep in order to hear her...My heart aches because I wasn't you when you dreamed at the seashore.”

― Fernando Pessoa.

49.  “I love water and you said, you thought a mermaid, maybe. If you were a mermaid, you said, if you were a mermaid, I was the sea.”

― Francesca Lia Block.

50. “I’ll swim through the Earth, like a mermaid of the soil, just to be next to your bones.”

― Jeffrey McDaniel.

51. “My ocean is bluer than the heart you had to break;

My sea is deeper than your lake.”

― Emilie Autumn.

Cute Mermaid Quotes

Mermaid sayings and quotes are mystical.

Mermaid quotes that are going to melt you away with their cuteness.

52. “She would be half the world away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by the moonlight.”

― Janet Fitch.

53. “She is a mermaid on dry land and the world is her ocean. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in.”

― J. Iron.

54. “She dreams of the ocean late at night and longs for the wild salt air.”

― Hannah Fraser.

55. “As the sunlight flickered along her scales, the mermaid shimmered.”

— Lisa Thompson.

56. “The stars twinkled above her brilliantly, representing all of the beautiful laws of the universe.”

— Keira D. Skye.

57. “There's always a woman somewhere, child; a princess, a witch, a stepmother, a mermaid, a fairy godmother, or one as wicked as she is beautiful, or as beautiful as she is good.”

— Jeanette Winterson.

58. “I know a sad little mermaid

Dwelling in the ocean

Softly, gently blowing

Her heart into a wooden flute.”

— Forugh Farrokhzad.

59. “It is rooted deep in your bones; the water calls out to you until it causes you physical pain unless you come to it.”

— Nadia Scrieva.

60. “I often have the fantasy that curly girls are mermaids who have had to adapt to life on dry land. We come from the sea.”

— Lorraine Massey.

61. “The ultimate corner of sugar and toast, where the mermaids catch the branches of the willows and the heart opens to a flute's sharpness.”

― Federico Garcia Lorca.

62. “Make your story so beautiful, mermaids have trouble believing it’s true.”

― R.I.D.

Short Mermaid Quotes

Mermaid quotes for the people living the busy life!

63. “Six pull-tabs lay in the ashtray like scales from a mermaid.”

— Haruki Murakami.

64. “If you sing to the mermaids, they come when you're drowning.”

— Tori Amos.

65. “Aye, tough mermaids are.”

— Blackbeard.

66. “O, train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note,

to drown me in thy sister’s flood of tears.”

— William Shakespeare.

67. “People want to believe in mermaids.”

— Christina Henry.

68. “I always wanted to be a mermaid but I never saw the sea.”

— Renee Thebeau.

69. “The ocean has a rhythm, but it has no heart.”

— Christina Henry.

70. “But all the magic I have known I've had to make myself.”

— Shel Silverstein.

71. “Ebbing and flowing

And pushed by a breeze

I live to make you free.”

— Gregory and the Hawk, ‘Boats And Birds’.

72. “I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.”

― T.S. Eliot.

73. “Write your secrets in the sand and trust them with a mermaid.”

― Unknown*

Funny Mermaid Quotes

Great funny quotes about mermaids that are going to tickle your funny bones.

74. “Since the nineteen-fifties, rural Florida has marketed itself to Northerners and Midwesterners as an unexplored paradise of citrus and mermaids.”

― Anne Hull.

75. “I'm always happy when I'm surrounded by water, I think I'm a Mermaid or I was a mermaid.”

― Beyoncé Knowles.

76. “The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a mermaid and a seal.”

― Mark Twain.

77. “First of all, never call a mermaid a fish unless you’re trying to insult her.”

― Tiana Warner.

78. “Now and then a giggling trail of mermaids appeared in our wake. We fed them oatmeal.”

― Tove Jansson.

79. “We gave you an atomic bomb, what do you want, mermaids?”

― Isidor Isaac Rabi.

80. “Fishermen dream of great dripping trout, shapely and elusive as mermaids, and arise cranky and haggard from their fantasies.”

― John D. Voelker.

81. “My advice: don't go eating random herbs unless you want to turn into that guy from The Little Mermaid.”

— Rick Riordan.

82. “If the mermaid had been an idealized projection of a human woman onto a marine mammal, she would have looked different every time.”

― Mira Grant.

83. “It was like falling down an elevator shaft and landing in a pool full of mermaids.”

— Hunter S. Thompson.

84. “Managing a league club is like making love to a mermaid... you should always be aiming for a top half finish.”

―Ian Holloway.

85. “I've got a swimming pool and I pretend to be like a mermaid, like in the middle of the night. It kind of de-stresses me.”

― Rebel Wilson.

86. “Cowards marry fish-head mermaids!”

― ‘The Adventures Of Super Mario Bros. 3’.

87. “The first rule of cannibal mermaid fight club is don't talk about cannibal mermaid fight club.”

— Kali Wallace.

Siren Quotes

These creatures from Greek mythology resemble Mermaids so mind the difference!

88. “No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.”

― Henry Taylor.

89. “The Siren waits thee, singing song for song.”

― Walter Savage Landor.

90. “I sing the small sea siren who sings to you, riding her bicycle of corals and conches. The light that blinds our eyes is not art. Rather it is love, friendship, crossed swords.”

― Federico Garcia Lorca.

91. “Sirens lurk in the dark depths of the pupils as they lurk at the bottom of the sea.”

― Jean Lorrain, ‘Monsieur De Phocas’.

92. “If the bards of old the true has told

The sirens have raven hair.

But over the earth since art had birth,

They paint the angels fair.”

― L.M. Montgomery.

'The Little Mermaid' Quotes

Quotes from the famous novel by Hans Christian Andersen.

93. “Someday I'll be part of your world.”  

― Ariel.

94. “Life is the bubbles, under the sea.”

― Sebastian.

95. “I don’t see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad.”

― Ariel.

96. “Isn’t this great? The salty sea air, the wind blowing in your face. A perfect day to be at sea!”

― Eric.

97. “Who says that my dreams have to stay my dreams?”

― Ariel.

98. “What would I pay to spend a day warm on the sand.”

― Ariel.

99. “You got your own style, now let it shine through and remember no matter what, you've got to be you.”

― Sebastian.

100. “She laughed and danced with the thought of death in her heart.”

― Hans Christian Andersen.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for mermaid quotes then why not take a look at Seashell quotes, or lobster quotes.

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Moumita Dutta

Moumita is a multilingual content writer and editor. She has a PostGraduate Diploma in sports management, which enhanced her sports journalism skills, as well as a degree in journalism and mass communication. She's good at writing about sports and sporting heroes. Moumita has worked with many soccer teams and produced match reports, and sports is her primary passion.

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