I would have men of such constancy put to sea that their business might be everything, and their intent every where; for thats it that always makes a good voyage of nothing. Shakespeare.Twelfth Night, Act II. Scene 4. (Clown to the Duke.)
Well, then, our course is chosenspread the sail Heave oft the lead, and mark the soundings well; Look to the helm, good mastermany a shoal Marks this stern coast, and rocks where sits the siren, Who, like ambition, lures men to their ruin. Scott.Kenilworth, Chap. XVII.
Chance will not do the workchance sends the breeze, But if the pilot slumber at the helm, The very wind that wafts us towards the port May dash us on the shelvesthe steersmans part Is vigilance, blow it rough or smooth. Scott.Fortunes of Nigel, Chap. XXII.