Pirate Quotes, Sayings, Captions

Aye landlubber, cast ye gaze upon this list of the best pirate quotes, sayings, and captions. A better list you’ll never find in all your journeys, matey!


    Best pirate quotes and sayings

    Pirates are known the world over for their treasure, swashbuckling, and marauding at sea. They’re also well known for lending their more colorful phrases to the English language.

    These quotes and sayings come from famous books, movies, TV, and even some real life pirates. Be sure to also check out the fun list of pirate captions below!

    1. Fun pirate phrases and sayings (talk like a pirate!)

    So you be wantin’ to know how to talk like a pirate, do ya? Well, ye be lucky to have found we Scallywags. Read these words and ye be rarin’ to go. Aye, there be fun a-plenty in these pirate sayings for both birthday and Halloween alike!

    • May your blade always be wet, and powder dry.
    • Under a black flag we sail and the sea shall be our empire.
    • Ahoy matey! Let’s trouble the water!
    • Under a black flag we shall sail.
    • Obey the captain or learn to swim.
    • I be ruler of the seven seas!
    • Shiver me timbers!
    • Avast, ye scurvy dog.
    • Walk the plank, ye scallywag.
    • Pillage and plunder.
    • Batten down the hatches.
    • Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen.
    • Here be treasure, matey.
    • Thar she blows!
    • Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
    • Prepare to be boarded.
    • May your anchor be tight, your cork be loose, your rum be spiced and your compass be true.
    • Loot is first and wimmen second. Because if ye have the first ye’ll have the second, but if ye have the second ye won’t have the first for long!
    • The rougher the seas, the smoother we sail. Ahoy!
    • No cause is lost if there is but one fool left to fight for it.
    • Avast ye landlubbers! Ye can throw ye lunch in Davy Jones’ locker, but not yer homework!
    pirate quotes sayings captions

    2. Funny pirate quotes

    There comes a time in a man’s life when he hears the call of the sea. “Hey, YOU!” are the sea’s exact words. If the man has a brain in his head, he will hang up the phone immediately.
    Dave Barry

    There is no shortage of well-known pirates, including: Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Blue beard, Yellowbeard, and Yellow beard with Black Roots, who surmised that, if blondes have more fun, then blond pirates must have a heck of a lot more fun.
    Cuthbert Soup

    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

    I don’t really know much about pirates, or pirate culture. I’d be a contrarian pirate.
    Todd Barry

    Check out the Best Sea Shanties.

    3. Short pirate quotes

    Every generation welcomes the pirates from the last.
    Lawrence Lessig

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

    But I don’t want to be a pirate.
    Jerry Seinfeld

    To life, love and loot.
    Captain Morgan

    Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?
    Steve Jobs

    A merry life and a short one shall be my motto.
    Bartholomew Roberts

    It is a glorious thing To be a Pirate King.
    W. S. Gilbert

    Learn how to talk like a pirate with these pirate words and phrases.

    4. Pirate sayings about treasure

    Not all treasure’s silver and gold, mate.
    Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

    When a pirate grows rich enough, they make him a prince.
    George R R Martin

    It is when pirates count their booty that they become mere thieves.
    William Bolitho

    Perhaps ye knows too much… ye’ve seen the cursed treasure, you know where it be hidd’n. Now proceed at your own risk. These be the last ‘friendly’ words ye’ll hear. Ye may not survive to pass this way again…
    Pirates of the Caribbean Disney Attraction

    Jack Sparrow quote

    5. Pirate quotes about life

    Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be Pirates.
    Mark Twain

    The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a Pirate.
    Bernard Williams

    About the sea

    Where there is a sea there are pirates.
    Greek proverb

    There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
    James Russell Lowell

    Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.
    Brooks Atkinson

    About freedom

    In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure and the police take the place of pirates.
    Michel Foucault

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.

    Honor and the pirate code

    Even pirates, before they attack another ship, hoist a black flag.
    Bela Kiraly

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

    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

    But the pirates never showed, and the slaves found themselves trapped on a narrow peninsula. (Lesson: never trust pirates.)
    Erik Sass

    Check out these famous pirate names.

    6. Pirate quotes about love

    Ah. Love. A dreadful bond.
    Davy Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean

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

    Pirate princes are better in fairy tales than reality. In a story, their exploits are glossed over with pretty words and heroic motivations. But in reality, you can’t help but see the lives they wreck and the destruction they leave in their wake.
    Roseanna M. White

    If the pirate with a scarf had been more poetically minded he’d have thought that her eyes were like a thousand emeralds, glittering in a far-off pirate treasure chest. But he wasn’t, so he just thought that she had really really green eyes, a bit like seaweed.
    Gideon Defoe

    Benjamin Franklin pirate quote

    7. Famous pirate quotes

    It’s better to swim in the sea below
    Than to swing in the air and feed the crow,
    Says jolly Ned Teach of Bristol.
    Benjamin Franklin

    Ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks.
    William Shakespeare

    A pirate spreading misery and ruin over the face of the ocean.
    Thomas Jefferson

    There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island.
    Walt Disney

    The same relation exists between merchant and pirate, who for a long period are one and the same person: where the one function appears to them inadvisable, they exercise the other.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    8. Quotes from real pirates

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

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

    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)

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

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

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

    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

    More real pirate quotes

    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

    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

    My Lord, it is a very hard sentence. For my part, I am the most innocent person of them all, only I have been sworn against by perjured persons.
    William Kidd

    Historical pirate sayings

    There is none of you but will hang me, I know, whenever you can clinch me within your power.
    Bartholomew Roberts

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

    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

    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

    Disney "A Pirate's Life" Lyrics

    9. Pirate quotes from books and literature

    He’s more a man than any pair of rats of you in this here house, and what I say is this: let me see him that’ll lay a hand on him — that’s what I say, and you may lay to it.
    Robert Louis Stevenson, “Treasure Island”

    A captured pirate was brought before Alexander the Great. “How dare you molest the sea?” asked Alexander. “How dare you molest the whole world?” the pirate replied, and continued: “Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you, doing it with a great navy, are called an emperor.
    Noam Chomsky

    10. Pirate sayings from TV

    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

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

    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

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

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

    11. Pirate quotes from movies

    You’ll not forget what I done good, not any more than you’ll forget the bad.
    Long John Silver, Treasure Island

    Fate has brought us together again. Well, actually, buried treasure and pirates brought us together.
    Kermit the Frog as Captain Abraham Smollet, Muppet Treasure Island

    Betrayin’s all part of piratin’. If you don’t know that you’re not even close to being a pirate.
    Yellowbeard movie

    It’s a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes, and you may lay to that.
    Long John Silver, Treasure Island

    The sea, Frederic, is a jealous mistress. But she is her own reward. Believe me, you’ve missed nothing.
    The Pirate King, The Pirate Movie

    You poor thing. Pirates. You mean like walking the plank? Buried treasure? Hack, slash, off with his head, and the Jolly Richard, and everything?
    Mabel, The Pirate Movie

    Look, I don’t mean to be rude but this is not as easy as it looks so I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t distract me.
    Dread Pirate Roberts, The Princess Bride

    You’re either born a pirate or not!
    Yellowbeard movie

    You’ll not forget what I done good, not any more than you’ll forget the bad.
    Long John Silver, Treasure Island

    From Disney movies

    The truth is far too much fun.
    Captain Hook, Hook

    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

    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

    Pirates of the Caribbean

    If you choose to lock your heart away, you’ll lose it for certain.
    Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

    The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.
    Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

    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

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

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

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

    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

    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

    Peter Pan

    I have given me word not to lay a finger, or a hook, on Peter Pan. And Captain Hook never breaks a promise.
    Captain Hook, Peter Pan

    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

    12. Pirate quotes from song lyrics

    I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king.
    Frank Sinatra

    Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me
    We pillage, we plunder, we rifle, and loot
    Drink up, me hearties, yo ho
    We kidnap and ravage and don’t give a hoot
    Disney, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)”

    What’s a pirate minus the ship? Just a creative homeless guy.
    Bo Burnham, “New Math”

    Ohh, a pirate’s life is a wonderful life
    A-rovin’ over the sea
    Give me a career
    As a buccaneer
    It’s the life of a pirate for me
    Disney, “A Pirate’s Life”

    13. Pirate captions for Instagram

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

    • Sailors tell stories.
    • The captain is always right.
    • Sometimes it just takes a pirate to get the job done.
    • A pirate’s life for me.
    • Sailors tell stories, pirates make legends.
    • Pirate booty.
    • Party like a pirate.
    • A smooth sea never made a skilled pirate.
    • Talk pirate to me, baby.
    • Keep calm and… raise the Jolly Roger!
    • Work like a captain, play like a pirate.
    • Pirate for hire.
    • Once a pirate, always a pirate.
    • You’re my first mate.

    Funny pirate captions

    • To err is human but to arr is pirate.
    • A Pirate’s favorite movie is one that is rated “ARRRR”!
    • Keep calm… and say Arrr!
    • Why be a princess when you can be a pirate?
    • You had me at ahoy.

    Pirate pun captions

    • Time flies when you’re having rum!
    • I just want to be a pirate… but I couldn’t get my ship together.
    • Always be who you arrrr…
    • I don’t give a ship!
    • Just another pirate looking for some booty.
    • You arrrrrr my most sought after treasure.
    • When I grow up, aye wanna be a pirate.
    • Captain of the ship show.

    Pirate rum captions

    • Instant pirate. Just add rum.
    • If rum can’t fix it, you are not using enough rum.
    • Money can’t buy you happiness… but it can buy you rum!
    • All for rum and rum for all.

    We hope you enjoyed these fun pirate quotes, sayings, and captions. Here are more entertaining lists to read:

    Pirate Jokes for Kids

    Mississippi River Quiz for Kids

    Mermaid Quotes

    By Greg Johnson | Published 3/14/2022