50 Best Jimmy Buffett Quotes – The Ultimate Collection

50 Best Jimmy Buffett Quotes

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If you love the beach life, cruise life and everything fun in the sun, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy these famous quotes by Jimmy Buffett.

This collection of best of Jimmy Buffett quotes will inspire you to live your life without regrets. While some Jimmy Buffett quotes and sayings are about life, love and even the sea, other quotes are just plain fun (and we all need this!)

Before I share some of the very best quotes by Jimmy Buffett, here is some information about the man himself.

Who is Jimmy Buffett?

Jimmy Buffet is an American musician and writer, as well as a business man and founder of the awesome Margaritaville chain. 

Fun Facts about Jimmy Buffett

Born: Jimmy Buffett has a Christmas birthday, born on December 25, 1946

First big hit: “Come Monday” in 1974

Second “BIG” hit: “Margaritaville” in 1977, from his first Platinum album “Changes in Latitude”. It is said that Margaritaville is a state of mind.

Inspiration for Margaritaville: The town of Key West, where Jimmy Buffet would later open a store, then the Margaritaville Cafe and eventually his own recording studio, Shrimpboat Sound.

Who are the Coral Reefers? Jimmy Buffet’s touring band and recording band is called the Coral Reef Band, and they’re often referred to as the Coral Reefers. There’s a double meaning to this tropical band name (think of the slang) 

Parrot Heads: True Jimmy Buffets music fans are called Parrot Heads, a endearing term that goes beyond listening to his music and having a margarita. Parrot Heads go to concerts and attend musical events, but also embrace and identify with the lifestyle he sings about.

Please enjoy these quotes below, most taken from Jimmy Buffets songs.

Most Famous Jimmy Buffet Quotes, Sayings and Song Lyrics

These Jimmy Buffett quotes are organized by categories (ocean, life, love, Margaritaville). However, they’re truly all so good, that it’s worth reading the entire list!

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Jimmy Buffett Quotes about the Beach and Ocean

If you’re most at home by the ocean, or chilling at the beach, you’ll love these Jimmy Buffet quotes and sayings.

1. “If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached.”

– Jimmy Buffett

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2. “Mind on a permanent vacation, ocean is the only medication. Wishing my condition ain’t ever gonna go away.”

– Jimmy Buffett

3. “It’s a sweet life, living by the salty sea.”

– Jimmy Buffett

4. “Mother, Mother ocean, I have heard your call. Wanted to sail upon your waters, since I was 3 feet tall”

– Jimmy Buffett

5. “I’ve got a Caribbean Soul, I can barely control.”

– Jimmy Buffett

6. “Still I search the constellations, for the tiny grains of sand, where the sand of the ocean, meets the salty piece of land.”

– Jimmy Buffett

Suggested: 50 Inspirational Beach Quotes for Those that Love the Sea

Jimmy Buffett Quotes about Life

I’ll be honest, I’ve been to Margaritaville’s in many cruise port destinations. We’ve grabbed a bite to eat, had a drink or two, and even bought a few t-shirts. We love the fun atmosphere!

So, while I knew about many of Jimmy Buffett’s fun song lyrics and quotes, I really wasn’t aware of many of his more profound quotes about life and they blew me away! I just love them and hope you will too!

7. “Take it all in… it’s as big as it seems. Count all your blessings. Remember your dreams.”

– Jimmy Buffett

8. “I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead. ”

– Jimmy Buffett

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9. “It takes no more time to see the good side of life than the bad.”

– Jimmy Buffett

10. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

– Jimmy Buffett

11. “Searching is half the fun. Life is more manageable when thought of like a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.”

– Jimmy Buffett

12. “Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.”

– Jimmy Buffett

13. “Changes in lattitude. Changes in attitude.”

– Jimmy Buffett

14. “People who think too much before they act don’t act too much.”

– Jimmy Buffett

15. “Where it all ends, I can’t fathom, my friends. If I knew I might drop my anchor.”

– Jimmy Buffett

16. “If it doesn’t work out there will be never be any doubt that the pleasure was worth all the pain.”

– Jimmy Buffett

17. “It’s important to have as much fun as possible while we’re here. It balances out the times when the minefield of life explodes.”

– Jimmy Buffett

18. “We got to roll with the punches, play all our hunches, make the best of whatever comes your way.”

– Jimmy Buffett

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19. “Life is just a tire swing.”

– Jimmy Buffett

20. “Forget that blind ambition and trust your intuition.”

– Jimmy Buffett

21. “Some people never find it, some only pretend. But I just want to live, Happily ever after, now and then”

– Jimmy Buffet

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Jimmy Buffet Quotes About Love

Did you know that the song “Come Monday” was written about Jimmy Buffet’s girlfriend, who later became his wife. She appears in the “budget” video and it’s very sweet!

22. “Come Monday, it’ll be all right. Come Monday, I’ll be holdin’ you tight. I spent four lonely days in a brown L. A. haze, and I just want you back by my side”

– Jimmy Buffett

23. “With a little love and luck we will get by.”

– Jimmy Buffett

24. “Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, but I know it’s my own damn fault.”

– Jimmy Buffett

Suggested: 25 Inspirational Ocean Quotes for Those That Love the Sea

Jimmy Buffett Quotes on Growing Older and Growing Bolder

Perhaps it’s because I’m getting older (aren’t we all?!), but I love the message of embracing our years and experience.

25. “I’m growing older, not up.”

– Jimmy Buffet

26. “I am inspired by people who keep on rolling no matter their age.”

– Jimmy Buffett

27. “Life is a journey that’s not measured in miles or years, but in experiences.”

– Jimmy Buffett

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28.  “Lust for the future, treasure the past.”

– Jimmy Buffett

29.Oh, yesterdays are over my shoulder, so I can’t look back for too long. There’s just too much to see waiting in front of me,
and I know that I just can’t go wrong.”

– Jimmy Buffett

30. “Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been. ”

– Jimmy Buffett

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31. “Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen.”

– Jimmy Buffett

32. “We are the people our parents warned us about.”

– Jimmy Buffett

33. “Some of it’s magic and some of it’s tragic but I had a good life all the way.”

– Jimmy Buffett

Suggested: 60 Beach Essentials: The Ultimate Beach Day Packing List

Jimmy Buffett Famous Quotes – Margaritaville and more

Many of these famous Jimmy Buffett quotes are simply about having fun and living a good life. Many of these quotes bring me right back to good times with friends on cruises and days passed on some of our favorite beaches in  the Caribbean.

Put on your flip flops, grab a frozen cocktail and enjoy!

34. “Wasting away in Margaritaville, looking for my lost shaker of salt.”

– Jimmy Buffett

35. “If life gives you limes, make margaritas.”

– Jimmy Buffett

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36. “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.”

– Jimmy Buffett

37.. “Changes in lattitude. Changes in attitude.”

– Jimmy Buffett

38. “Fins up.”

– Jimmy Buffet

39.“Weather is here, wish you were beautiful.”

– Jimmy Buffet

Cheese burger in paradise quote

40. “Cheeseburger in paradise, heaven on Earth with an onion slice. Not too particular, not too precise, I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise”

– Jimmy Buffett

41. “Breathe in, breathe out, move on”

– Jimmy Buffett

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This quote “Breathe in, breathe out, move on” is a song written and performed by Jimmy Buffett as a tribute to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The song lyrics/quote in context is:

“If a hurricane doesn’t leave you dead, it will make you strong. Don’t try to explain it, just nod your head. Breathe in, breathe out, move on”

42. “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.”

– Jimmy Buffett

43. “Shells sink, dreams float. Life’s good on our boat. ”

– Jimmy Buffett

44. “I am a pirate two hundred years too late.”
 
– Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffet Quotes – Good Times and Good Drinks

There’s some crossover with all these categories, but if you’re looking for the best Jimmy Buffet Quotes about having partying and having drinks with good friends, I’ve put them together for you.

45. “It’s a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning.”

– Jimmy Buffett

46. “It’s 5 Oclock somewhere”

– Jimmy Buffett

47. “”I was hungry and went for a bite, ran into a chum with a bottle of rum and we wound up drinking all night.”

– Jimmy Buffett

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48. “It was too much tequila, or not quite enough.”

– Jimmy Buffett

49. “I ain’t no drinking man, but temptation got the best of me.”

– Jimmy Buffett

50. “No working during drinking hours”

– as seen on signs at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

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Final Thoughts: 50 Best Jimmy Buffett Quotes – The Ultimate Collection

This top collection of Jimmy Buffett quotes features some of the most well known quotes by the singer and writer, as well as some of his lesser known sayings.

Whether you love the fun, tropical lifestyle quotes or his deeper thoughts about life, I hope that you found enjoyed reading this list.

Are you a Jimmy Buffett fan? Do you have a favorite quote from this list, or one to add? Please let me know in the comments below.

Ilana xoxo

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