50 Lovely Quotes about Lighthouses for Perfect Lighthouse Captions & Statuses

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Looking for beautiful quotes about lighthouses? Lighthouses delight and inspire travelers all over the world. So whether you’re looking for travel inspiration or X Instagram captions or Facebook statuses, here are my favorite inspirational lighthouse quotes!

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The Best Lighthouse Quotes & Lighthouse Instagram Captions

Here are my favorite quotes about lighthouses, including inspiration from poems, literature, pop culture, and quotes by famous authors!

Beautiful Quotes about Lighthouses

I wish to spend a lifetime near a lighthouse where loneliness will be the glimmer of luminous prancing upon ocean waves… rising and falling only for my breathing. –Munia Khan

Lighthouses are not just stone, brick, metal, and glass. There’s a human story at every lighthouse; that’s the story I want to tell. –Elinor DeWire

Were I a Roman Catholic, perhaps I should on this occasion vow to build a chapel to some saint, but as I am not, if I were to vow at all, it should be to build a lighthouse. –Benjamin Franklin

I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve. -George Bernard Shaw

As for myself, I am splintered by great waves. I am colored glass from a church window long since shattered. I find pieces of myself everywhere, and I cut myself handling them. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

Hilton Head, South Carolina, lighthouse at twilight.

The isolation spins its mysterious cocoon, focusing the mind on one place, one time, one rhythm – the turning of the light. The island knows no other human voices, no other footprints. On the Offshore Lights, you can live any story you want to tell yourself, and no one will say you’re wrong: not the seagulls, not the prisms, not the wind. –M. L. Stedman

…what he told himself on those sea-soaked nights…Others joined in and it was discovered that every light had a story-no, every light was a story. And the flashes themselves were the stories going out over the waves, as markers and guides and comfort and warning. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

“And that’s the end,” she
said, and she saw in his eyes, as
the interest of the story died
away in them, something else
take its place; something
wondering, pale, like the
reflection of a light, which at
once made him gaze and marvel.
Turning, she looked across the
bay, and there, sure enough,
coming regularly across the
waves first two quick strokes
and then one long steady stroke,
was the light of the Lighthouse.
It had been lit.-To The Lighthouse. –Virginia Woolf

Lighthouse at Cape St. George, Florida

It’s because a lighthouse is two-faced, and this is how she feels each time she visits. A lighthouse is both an invitation and a warning. A lighthouse says Welcome home. But next to that, right after that, it also says Danger. –Nathan Hill

Ah, children, pity level-crossing keepers, pity lock-keepers – pity lighthouse-keepers – pity all the keepers of this world (pity even school teachers), caught between their conscience and the bleak horizon. -Graham Swift

There it is; the light across the water. Your story. Mine. His. It has to be seen to be believed. And it has to be heard. In the endless babble of narrative, in spite of the daily noise, the story waits to be heard. Some people say that the best stories have no words. They weren’t brought up to Lighthousekeeping. It is true that words drop away, and that the important things are often left unsaid. The important things are learned in faces, in gestures, not in our locked tongues. The true things are too big or too small, or in any case, is always the wrong size to fit in the template called language. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

Black met black on the distant horizon, the stars alone distinguishing sky from lake. On the sand below, Silver Beach glittered at the water’s edge while on the north side of the river the lighthouse’s beacon signaled safe harbor. –Erin Farwell,

St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida, USA

The dip of the light meant that the island itself was always left in darkness. A lighthouse is for others; powerless to illuminate the space closest to it. –M.L. Steadman

If lighthouse becomes a burning candle,
flickered upon ocean’s insanity.
Your sailing heart there anchors to handle
the obsessed breeze towards sand dune’s vanity. –Munia Khan

It’s better to think of my life like that— part miracle, part madness. It’s better if I accept that I can’t control any of the things that matter. My life is a trail of shipwrecks and set-sails. There are no arrivals, no destinations; there are only sandbanks and shipwreck; then another boat, another tide.-Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

There are times when the ocean is not the ocean – not blue, not even water, but some violent explosion of energy and danger: ferocity on a scale only gods can summon. It hurls itself at the island, sending spray right over the top of the lighthouse, biting pieces off the cliff. And the sound is a roaring of a beast whose anger knows no limits. Those are the nights the light is needed most. –M. L. Stedman

Cape Florida Lighthouse and Lantern in Bill Baggs State Park in Key Biscayne Florida

She remembered the way the damp, coarse sand had clumped to her legs and hands, and burrowed beneath her nails and into the folds of her clothes, and she had wondered why the British children in her storybooks were always excited about going to the beach—just as now she wondered why the light from the lighthouse seemed to be coming from the landward side of the expressway. “I thought a lighthouse is out at sea. –Yu-Mei Balasingamchow

The lighthouse does great service to humanity, yet it is the slave of those who trim the lamps. -Alice Wellington Rollins

Every new beginning prompts a return. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

My mother called me Silver. I was born part precious metal part pirate.

I have no father. There’s nothing unusual about that -even children who do have fathers are often surprised to see them. My own father came out of the sea and went back that way. He was crew on a fishing boat that harboured with us one night when the waves were crashing like dark glass. His splintered hulll shored him for long enough to drop anchor inside my mother.
Shoals of babies vied for life.
I won. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

Landscape view of the lighthouse on Assateague Island Virginia

Darkness was a presence. I learned to see in it, I learned to see through it, and I learned to see the darkness of my own. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

When we buried my mother, some of the light went out of me, and it seemed proper that I should go and live in a place where all the light shone outwards and none of it was there for us. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

Romantic Lighthouse Quotes

The love within them shone as brightly as the lighthouse beam on the darkest, stormiest night. It broke through her confusion and heartache and filled her with a warm glow. –Jody Hedlund

Where did love begin? What human being looked at another and saw in their face the forests and the sea? Was there a day, exhausted and weary, dragging home food, arms cut and scarred, that you saw yellow flowers and, not knowing what you did, picked them because I love you? In the fossil record of our existence, there is no trace of love. You cannot find it held in the earth’s crust, waiting to be discovered. The long bones of our ancestors show nothing of their hearts. -Jeanette Winterson Lighthousekeeping

Motivational Lighthouse Quote

I feel that we’re all lighthouses, and my job is to shine my light as brightly as I can to the darkness. –Jim Carrey

If you close your eyes, no lighthouse can help you! –Mehmet Murat Ildan

Knowing when and how to change course is important to success. Self-doubt is a lighthouse that will keep you from running aground. Don’t become shipwrecked on the rocks of time. Be willing to rethink your decisions and change course. –Harley King

All paths are seen, through the prism of fate. –Mladen Đorđević

Once the lighthouse is seen, the rest of the sea is ignored. -Terri Guillemets

New Jersey's Cape May Lighthouse captured at sunset from an aerial drone

Is the beam from a lighthouse affected by howling wind and rain? It remains perfectly steadfast and unaffected by the storm. Your true self is like that. Nothing can ever harm you once you are consciously aware that it is so. -Vernon Howard

Some people are destined to be a lighthouse for a lost comrade. –Erin Forbes

Stop turning every other battle into yours. Sometimes amidst of all the wars, all you need to become is the lighthouse, not the sword. –Akshay Vasu

If you can’t survive in this world, you had better make a world of your own. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

Every lighthouse knows that when the giant waves come, no one will help! And when you know that no one will help you, you fight more seriously! –Mehmet Murat Ildan

Fire Island Lighthouse at Robert Moses on Long Island, New York

Like a simple little lighthouse, my true ideal is to just be…having no trace of seeking, desiring, imitating, or striving, only light and peace. –Bodhi Smith

Our light shall burn the pathway to the stars. –Mladen Đorđević

Are you looking for a lighthouse? Let me give you an advice: When you improve your own mind, you become your very own lighthouse! –Mehmet Murat Ildan

What does a lighthouse do? I ask myself. It never moves. It cannot hike up its rocky skirt and dash into the ocean to rescue the foundering ship. It cannot calm the waters or clear the shoals. It can only cast light into the darkness. It can only point the way. Yet, through one lighthouse, you guide many ships. Show this old lighthouse the way. –Lisa Wingate

It was a long story, and like most of the stories in the world, never finished. There was an ending – there always is – but the story went on past the ending – it always does. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

Man must behave like a lighthouse; he must shine day and night for the goodness of everyman. –Mehmet Murat Ildan

Inspirational Lighthouse Quotes

Look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. It calls, ‘This way to safety; this way to home. –Thomas S. Monson

You are the door at the edge of the world. You are the door that opens onto a sea of stars. -Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

If you open your eyes very wide and look around you carefully, you will always see a lighthouse which will lead you to the right path! Just watch around you carefully! –Mehmet Murat Ildan

Lighthouses are endlessly suggestive signifiers of both human isolation and our ultimate connectedness to each other. -Virginia Woolf

We have a light upon our house, and it gives hope to all who sail upon the stormy seas. Do ya know what it means to have a light burning atop your home? It is safety, a place of refuge, seen by all that as a signal that ye stand for something greater than this world, greater than us all. –James Michael Pratt

Lighthouse at the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

A good book is a lighthouse; a wise man is a lighthouse; conscience is a lighthouse; compassion is a lighthouse; science is a lighthouse! They all show us the true path! Keep them in your life to remain safe in the rocky and dark waters of life! –Mehmet Murat Ildan

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. -Anne Lamott

Our light shall burn the pathway to the stars. -Mladen Đorđević

A lighthouse is not interested in who gets its light! It just gives it without thinking! Giving light is its nature! –Mehmet Murat Ildan

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine. -Dwight L. Moody

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