a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor


a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

Meaning | Synonyms

  • a proverb that means easy situations can never improve you or make you better
  • the harsh conditions of life make a person tougher and more capable
  • challenging experiences often give the best lessons of life

Example Sentences

  1. You are just cutting days in the comfort of your home and spending your parents’ money. You need to really get out and face the actual life. Remember, a smooth sea has never made a skilled sailor.
  2. “You’re just bragging of your life being so smooth and all. Maybe you’re forgetting that smooth seas never make a skilled sailor.”
  3. “I know you are going through a divorce and are having a pretty hard time making ends meet for you and your son. But then, you’re only getting stronger. Rough seas make great sailors after all!


This proverb is believed to have an African origin. It’s been in use for quite a while and there is no record of the first use and actual origin of this proverb. There are few other similar proverbs in use, such as ‘Calm sea does not make a skilled sailor’, ‘Rough seas make the best sailor’ etc.

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