Mermaid Quotes, Sayings, Captions

This collection of mermaid quotes describe the enchanting being from the deep blue sea who we all love. In fable and lore, the mermaid’s tale is one of mystery. We hope the wisdom expressed in these sayings provides insight into the aquatic half-woman and her elusive existence.


    Enchanting and mysterious mermaid quotes

    Let’s start out with some of the best mermaid sayings about life and love.

    Mermaid quotes about life

    I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.
    Anais Nin

    Men are afraid of mermaids. They want to be near mermaids, but, they’re afraid of them. Because a man needs to swim with a mermaid while a boat feels safer. Lots of men want to stay in a boat because they’re afraid of drowning. But a mermaid knows: life is just not worth living if you’re not ready to drown a few times.
    C. JoyBell C.

    When mermaids sleep in oceans deep inside their coral caves, they lay their heads on seaweed beds, rocked softly by the waves.

    About love

    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

    A mermaid found a swimming lad, Picked him up for her own, Pressed her body to his body, Laughed; and plunging down Forgot in cruel happiness That even lovers drown.
    William Butler Yeats

    I love the rain because I am a mermaid who lives too far from the sea.

    You don’t know what it is to live and laugh and love and run a man through. You’ve never tasted salty air on your tongue or waved heartily at a mermaid.
    Gideon Defoe

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    Romantic creatures

    She would be half the world away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by the moonlight.
    Janet Fitch

    As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides.

    Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.
    Sarah Kay

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


    Rainbows and mermaids are proof that imagination and beauty go hand in hand.

    Mermaid ocean quotes

    Meet me where the sky touches the sea.
    Jennifer Donnelly

    The ocean’s roar is music to the soul.

    I have sea foam in my veins, I understand the language of waves.
    Le Testament d’Orphée

    The salt smell of the ocean, sharp and steady, called to her from the window. Looking out, she saw her sisters, the waves, beckoning her with their white arms.
    Jane Yolen

    If you were a mermaid, you said, If you were a mermaid, I was the sea.
    Francesca Lia Block

    I’m always happy when I’m surrounded by water, I think I’m a mermaid or I was a mermaid. The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.
    Beyonce Knowles

    The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
    Jacques Yves Cousteau

    The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.
    Cornelia Funke

    I am the ocean. I am the sea. There is a world inside of me.
    Bring Me The Horizon

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

    I shall always remember how the peacocks’ tails shimmered when the moon rose amongst the tall trees, and on the shady bank the emerging mermaids gleamed fresh and silvery amongst the rocks…
    Hermann Hesse

    I was happy anywhere I could see the ocean.
    Ai Yazawa

    On land

    She is a mermaid on dry land and the world is her ocean.
    J. Iron

    Mermaids and sailors

    Keep being a mermaid in a sea of sailors.

    In grave danger of suffocation, the mermaid peeled away from him and emitted a sonar wail that woke drowned sailors from their oyster beds.
    Kevin Ansbro

    Mermaids are not the monsters you humans think we are.
    Sarah Henning

    But I’m a mermaid. We don’t go down with ships – we don’t try to conquer the ocean; we swim and flow with the waves, we sink the ships that need to be sunk and we save the people that need to be saved.
    C. JoyBell C.

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    Emm Cole mermaid quote

    Positive mermaid quotes

    Mermaid: A sea woman who chooses imagination over fear.

    Darwin may have been quite correct in his theory that man descended from the apes of the forest, but surely woman rose from the frothy sea, as resplendent as Aphrodite on her scalloped chariot.
    Margot Datz, A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids

    If you sing to the mermaids, they come when you’re drowning.
    Tori Amos


    Dive deep for the treasure that you seek.

    There’s a million fish in the sea, but I’m a mermaid.

    Always be yourself. Unless you can be a mermaid. Then always be a mermaid.

    I was born in the water and I was born of the water.
    Louise O’Neill


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

    You are not a drop in the ocean. You are an ocean in a drop.
    Joy N. Hensley

    Be a mermaid. Swim fast, wear a crown, and dream big.


    You are stronger than the tide.
    Allison Ivy

    Mermaids don’t lose sleep over the opinions of shrimp.

    She is water, powerful enough to drown you, soft enough to cleanse you, deep enough to heal you.
    Adrian Michael


    We dream in colors borrowed from the sea.

    Like a mermaid in seaweed, she dreams awake, trembling in her soft and chilly nest.
    John Keats

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

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    Mermaid soul sayings

    A mermaid’s heart is the most fragile thing in the sea.
    Emm Cole

    They were beautiful dark lakes in which her thoughts swam about like mermaids.
    Hans Christian Andersen

    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


    The Siren waits thee, singing song for song.
    Walter Savage Landor

    No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.
    Henry Taylor

    I am a siren, and for my adoration of mankind, have been caught in fishing nets one time too many. And in those fishing nets I have learned too many unfavorable things about human intentions and the lack of trust and goodwill; I’m not going to allow myself to be caught, anymore. Sirens do well at singing the sirens’ song and dragging vile people to their deaths, and for good reason!
    C. JoyBell C.

    Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence someone might possibly have escaped from their singing but from their silence, certainly never.
    Franz Kafka

    Mermaid tears

    O, train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note, to drown me in thy sister’s flood of tears.
    William Shakespeare

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    Funny mermaid quotes

    The difference between a Miracle and a Fact is exactly the difference between a mermaid and a seal.
    Mark Twain

    Old ladies in wheelchairs with blankets over their legs, I don’t think so…retired mermaids.
    Milton Jones

    Cute sayings

    I’ve been in the water so much these past few days, I swear I’m growing fins & scales.
    April Mae Monterrosa

    I would wanna be a mermaid, but I think I’m a little bit more of a unicorn, because I’m like a little bit more horsey.
    Blake Lively

    First of all, never call a mermaid a fish unless you’re trying to insult her.
    Tiana Warner

    Short quotes

    Mermaids don’t drown.
    Suzanne Palmieri

    Fishwives. Fishwidows. And we all set out to be mermaids.
    Marian Engel

    A smooth sea never made a skilled mermaid.

    Maybe I’m still the mermaid.
    Maybe the ocean is your hand.
    Kelli Russell Agodon

    Aye, tough mermaids are.

    Mystic mermaid quotes

    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, Moby-Dick

    Oh love, rose made wet by mermaids and foams, fire that dances and climbs up the invisible stairs and awakens the blood in the tunnel of sleeplessness.
    Pablo Neruda

    She is a mermaid but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in.
    J. Iron

    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

    “Why do you sleep so late?” he asked the mermaid. “Because the shadows are pretty and the lights look like stars in the sky.” said the mermaid.
    C. JoyBell C.

    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

    I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.
    Brian Selznick

    Poetry and poems

    Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
    I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
    I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
    T.S. Eliot

    I started early, took my dog, And visited the sea; The mermaids in the basement Came out to look at me
    Emily Dickinson

    I sat upon a promontory,
    And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin’s back,
    Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
    That the rude sea grew civil at her song;
    And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
    To hear the sea-maid’s music.
    William Shakespeare

    I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me.
    T. S. Eliot

    Mermaid quotes from books and movies

    The Little Mermaid book sayings

    It was the last night that she would breathe the same air as he, or look out over the deep sea and up into the star-blue heaven. A dreamless, eternal night awaited her, for she had no soul and had not been able to win one.
    Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid and Other Tales

    Because she could not go near all these wonderful things, she longed for them all the more.
    Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid and Other Tales

    When a storm was coming on, and they anticipated that a ship might sink, they swam before it, and sang most sweetly of the delight to be found beneath the water, begging the seafarers not to be afraid of coming down below.
    Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid and Other Tales

    She had never danced so elegantly before. Her tender feet felt as if cut with sharp knives, but she cared not for it; a sharper pang had pierced through her heart.
    Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid and Other Tales

    Nothing gave her so much pleasure as to hear about the world above the sea. She made her old grandmother tell her all she knew of the ships and of the towns, the people and the animals.
    Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid and Other Tales

    The Little Mermaid movie quotes

    Who says that my dreams, have to stay, just my dreams?
    Ariel, The Little Mermaid

    I don’t see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad.
    Ariel, The Little Mermaid

    The waves obey my every whim!
    Ursula, The Little Mermaid

    Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.
    Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

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

    Now I am the ruler of all the ocean! The waves obey my every whim!
    Ursula, The Little Mermaid

    I consider myself a reasonable merman.
    King Triton, The Little Mermaid

    The human world is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.
    Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

    Ariel, please! Will you get your head out of the clouds and back in the water where it belongs?
    Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

    If you want to cross the bridge, my sweet, you’ve got to pay the toll.
    Ursula, The Little Mermaid

    Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there.
    Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

    As long as you live under my ocean, you’ll obey my rules.
    King Triton, The Little Mermaid

    Boy, what a soft shell I’m turning out to be.
    Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

    So much for true love!
    Ursula, The Little Mermaid

    Pirates of the Caribbean mermaid quotes

    Mermaid waters, that be our path.
    Captain Hector Barbossa, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    There’ll be dangers along the way, firstly mermaids, zombies, Blackbeard.
    Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Two silver chalices, the teardrop of a mermaid, and water from the fountain. One chalice will contain the tear, the other will not. Whoever drinks from the chalice with the tear will have their life extended, from the person who drinks from the other chalice…
    Angelica, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    You’re the one who insisted on bringing the bloody mermaid!
    Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Peter Pan mermaid quotes

    I’ll think of a mermaid lagoon, underneath a magic moon.
    Wendy, Peter Pan movie

    She was often at the lagoon, however, on sunny days after rain, when the mermaids come up in extraordinary numbers to play with their bubbles. The bubbles of many colours made in rainbow water they treat as balls, hitting them gaily from one to another with their tails, and trying to keep them in the rainbow till they burst.
    J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

    by and by there was to be heard a sound at once the most musical and the most melancholy in the world: the mermaids calling to the moon.
    J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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    • Always be a mermaid.
    • Call me on my shell phone.
    • Mom of the mermaid.
    • I’m done adulting. Let’s be mermaids.
    • Majestically awkward, like a mermaid on land.
    • Secretly a mermaid.
    • Mermaid life.
    • All men beware!
    • Life is better under the sea.
    • I’m really a mermaid!
    • Mer-momma.
    • Mermaids are real.
    • Be a mermaid and make waves.
    • Mermaid hair don’t care.
    • Soul of a mermaid.
    • Get off my tail.
    • Aim to be mer-mazing.
    • Mermaid at heart.
    • Salty attitude.
    • I washed up like this.
    • I was going to change the world, but today I’ll just be a mermaid.
    • Mermaid in training.
    • Meet me under the sea.
    • Off-duty mermaid.
    • I don’t want to be where the people are.
    • Mermaid in America.
    • This is what a mermaid looks like.
    • Swim with mermaids.
    • Mermaid for life.
    • Salty sea witch.
    • Part-time mermaid.
    • I can’t run. I’m a mermaid.
    • Mermaid at heart.
    • Have you ever kissed a mermaid?
    • Mermaid kisses, starfish wishes.

    How to use these mermaid quotes

    Discover new ways to use your favorite mermaid quotes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    • For birthday – Add mermaid birthday wishes to your birthday card or birthday cake. Throw a mermaid-themed birthday party, with Little Mermaid decor and party favors.
    • For nursery – Decorate the walls of your nursery with your favorite mermaid quote. Find a message that best suits your baby girl or boy to display artfully.
    • For special occasions – Celebrate your love for mermaids by incorporating mermaid quotes in your wedding and holidays like Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day.
    • For tattoo – Use a great saying from this list to create a mermaid tattoo.

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