Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
– Henry Lewis Mencken, 1880 – 1956
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.
– Bern Williams
Even pirates, before they attack another ship, hoist a black flag.
– Bela Kiraly
There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
– James Russell Lowell, 1819 – 1891
Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
– Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910