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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1479
AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: O God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown. Prayer of Breton fishermen.

President John F. Kennedy had on his desk a plaque with these words, given to him by Admiral Hyman Rickover, who gave one like it to the commanding officer of each new Polaris submarine.—Tazewell Taylor Shepard, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Man of the Sea, p. 23 (1965).