155 Swimming Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of swimming quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about motivational swimming.

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Top 10 Swimming Quotes (BEST)

  1. I am probably in the sky, flying with the fish, or maybe in the ocean, swimming with the pigeons. See, my world is different. — Lil Wayne
  2. You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. — William Faulkner
  3. Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim. — Frida Kahlo
  5. On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock. — Thomas Jefferson
  6. Life is just the same as learning to swim. Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live! — Alfred Adler
  7. Jacob Zuma built a 2 million rand swimming pool, but no one in the family knows how to swim — Julius Malema
  8. Living on borders and in margins, keeping intact one's shifting and multiple identity and integrity, is like trying to swim in a new element, an "alien" element. — Gloria E. Anzaldúa
  9. I was taught that if you see a person drowning, you must jump into the water to save them, whether you can swim or not. — Irena Sendler
  10. I am a shark, the ground is my ocean, and most people can't even swim. — Rickson Gracie

The Most Famous Swimming Quotes

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I love swimming because racing. — Ryan Lochte

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground. — Marcel Proust

If The Beatles or the 60's had a message, it was 'Learn to swim. And once you've learned - swim!' — John Lennon

Swimming is more than a once-every-four-years sport. My goal is to bring attention to swimming - to give it some personality. — Michael Phelps

The swimmer adrift on the open seas measures his strength, and strives with all his muscles to keep himself afloat. But what is he to do when there is no land on the horizon, and none beyond it? — Georges Duhamel

If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you. — Bruce Lee

I swim when I am injured. What the best guys do is so hard. Michael Phelps is the best. — Usain Bolt

I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them. — Amanda Beard

A man is not learned until he can read, write and swim. — Plato

The sea of pleasures may drown its owner and the swimmer fears to open his eyes under the water. — Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

Short Swimming Quotes

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  • Well, me don't swim too tough so me don't go in the water too deep. — Bob Marley
  • He is a foolish swimmer who swims against the stream, when he might take the current sideways. — Ovid
  • You can't learn to swim on a piano bench. — Milton H. Erickson
  • Always have your hook baited, in the pool you least think, there will be a fish. — Ovid
  • I swam my brains out. — Mark Spitz
  • This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can't see how deep it is. — Dennis Rodman
  • I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming. — Jimmy Carter
  • Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat. — Eric Hoffer
  • I live in a swimsuit so I'm really comfortable with my body. — Natalie Coughlin
  • At a pool party, with everybody around, a guy and I had sex in the pool, but nobody knew it. — Krista Allen
Swimming quote In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like
In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Motivational Swimming Quotes

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Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out and meet the bloody thing. — Barry Sheene

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Have fun, because that's what life is all about. — Ryan Lochte

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There is water in every lane, so it is OK. — Ian Thorpe

Swimming quote Haters will see you walk on water and say it's because you can't swim.
Haters will see you walk on water and say it's because you can't swim.

I am not going to allow myself not to perform well just because I don't feel well. I am bulletproof to the extent that a lot of things can be thrown at me, but it's about how much I am prepared to let them affect me — Ian Thorpe

I told myself there was no way I was going to let this training go to waste. It was my time, and I was ready to go. — Katie Hoff

I enjoyed every bit of my swimming career. I think that's the most important advice - to enjoy what you do — Summer Sanders

Swimming quote Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.
Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.

Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it. — Cathy Hopkins

Simplicity is the key to brilliance. — Bruce Lee

I like to get in my own world. When I'm getting ready for a meet, I always have headphones on, listening to rap music to get myself fired up — Michael Phelps

Wrestling is the only sport I've ever competed in that puts you totally in a situation of constant motion without breaks. I could play football or baseball, swim -- but there's always some kind of situation that would break my thoughts, break my concentration. — Dan Gable

Short Swimming Quotes

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Often it's just a short swim from the shipwreck of your life to the island paradise of your dreams, assuming you don't drown in the metaphor. — Robert Breault

Believe in yourself, not only in swimming, but in life itself. You always have to have fun. You have to have an open mind. If you're not enjoying it, don't do it. Life's too short. — Debbie Meyer

Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running - that's the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach. — Jack Kerouac

Swimming quote Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air.
Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air.

Early religions were like muddy ponds with lots of foliage. Concealed there, the fish of the soul could splash and feed. Eventually, however, religions became aquariums. Then hatcheries. From farm fingerling to frozen fish stick is a short swim. — Tom Robbins

In my retirement I go for a short swim at least once or twice every day. It's either that or buy a new golf ball. — Gene Perret

The history of the relationship between comedy and swimming is short indeed. Of course it is always funny when someone falls into water, but that's about it. — Arthur Smith

Night Swimming Quotes

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I dislike organized games, swimming pools, fashionable resorts, night clubs, music in restaurants, and political manifestoes; I enjoy driving from coast to coast, good food and drink, a few friends, dogs, the theatre, long walks, music and free conversation. — James Hilton

I've got a swimming pool and I pretend to be like a mermaid, like in the middle of the night. It kind of de-stresses me. — Rebel Wilson

[Making Moana] was like camping because we were all living together on the boat, and one night we came home and there was a whale shark. I got to go swimming with her. It was a magic, magic, magical time. — Alan Tudyk

Swimming quote Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.

The moon is swimming naked and the summer night is fragrant with a mighty expectation of relief. — Leonard Cohen

I have been visualizing myself every night for the past four years standing on the podium having the gold placed around my neck. — Megan Jendrick

They still talk about the night that Augie Pabst, a fresh-faced heir to the brewing fortune, drove a rented Falcon into the swimming pool of the Mark Thomas Inn in Monterey, California. His reviews were so good that he repeated the act at a Howard Johnson's outside Denver. — Brock Yates

Swimming quote Don't let the waves of others drown out your ocean song. Hold your heart as thou
Don't let the waves of others drown out your ocean song. Hold your heart as though it was a seashell. And listen to it. Listen to its music. To the whispers of your ocean within. And then swim. Swim to your ocean music.

I swim all the time at night - I've always been a water girl. It's a black-bottom pool and my pool light was out, and as I've done a thousand times I just kind of did a little seal dive. I saw a huge bright light and I literally thought, 'That's it.' — Brooke Burns

I was swimming in art day and night. There were always parties being thrown, with artists from every medium (my extended aunts and uncles), living as boldly as they want to be. — Michael Hyatt

Other nights ... I visualize to the point that I know exactly what I want to do: dive, glide, stroke, flip, reach the wall, hit the split time to the hundredth, then swim back again for as many times as I need to finish the race. — Michael Phelps

But some nights, I must tell you, I go down there after everyone has fallen asleep. I swim back and forth in the echoing blackness. I sing a love song as well as I can, lost for a while in the home of the rain. — Billy Collins

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Remember the saying, What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger? It's true! — Paulo Coelho

It's like swimming, underwater, this whole year. I just close my eyes. hold my breath, and keep kicking. — Laura Moriarty

The soul of one who serves God always swims in joy, always keeps holiday, is always in her palace of jubilation, ever singing with fresh ardor and fresh pleasure a new song of joy and love. — John of the Cross

Swimming quote I can't drown my demons, they know how to swim
I can't drown my demons, they know how to swim

What doesn't kill you makes you smaller — Mario

In becoming an Irishman, Patrick wedded his world to theirs, his faith to their life…Patrick found a way of swimming down to the depths of the Irish psyche and warming and transforming Irish imagination – making it more humane and more noble while keeping it Irish. — Thomas Cahill

I like sports, and swimming is my favorite. Doing physical exercises keeps one fit and healthy and helps one work more efficiently. I think we all need to strike a balance between work and relaxation. This can keep us energetic and help us do our job better. — Xi Jinping

Keep these concepts in mind: You've failed many times, although you don't remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. Don't worry about failure. My suggestion to each of you: Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try. — Sherman Glenn Finesilver

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Hunger feeds the need to succeed. — Steve Kaufman

Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim. — Tyler Knott Gregson

I swim, I do Pilates, I meditate - I think it's about keeping your stress level as low as you can. — John Stamos

Just Keep Swimming Quotes

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If 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger,' how do you explain zombies? — Bob Saget

What doesn't kill you, makes you fat. — Esmeralda Santiago

Swimming is not a sport. Swimming is a way to keep from drowning. That's just common sense! — George Carlin

I do weights a few times a week. Not a lot of heavy weights. I do it just to keep my muscle toned. With the martial arts, I am doing pretty basic stuff. I do some sparring. If I get a chance, I will go swimming or running in-between. I keep in pretty good shape between films. — Dolph Lundgren

Swimming Pool Quotes

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The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things. — Franz Kafka

I wanna tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that there's not enough troops in the army to force the Southern people to break down segregation and admit the nigra race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes, and into our churches. — Strom Thurmond

Isn’t making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool? — George Carlin

Prosperity Gospel”. At his United Church Science of Living Institute in New York he would tell his congregation “close your eyes and see green. Money up to your armpits, a roomful of money and there you are, just tossing around in it like a swimming pool. — Reverend Ike

The church is like a swimming pool. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end. — John Shelby Spong

For me, the desire exists less to get myself a degree than to just go and have the whole college experience, and throw myself into the brain pool and see if I can swim. — Joshua Jackson

I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve. — Xavier Cugat

I was curious, given the swimming pools of booze I’ve guzzled over the years - not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol… there’s really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive. Maybe my DNA could say why. — Ozzy Osbourne

Marijuana has killed far fewer people than swimming pools; it’s the war against it that does all the violence. — Lawrence Reed

Just do some kind of workout. Doesn't matter if it's going for a walk around the block, going for a jog, doing some calisthenics, lifting weights, going to a pool and swimming - you name it. But do something that gets your blood flowing and gets your mind in the game. — Jocko Willink

I Love Swimming Quotes

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A huge part of swimming for me is I love it, and it is so much fun. — Missy Franklin

I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me I'm always interested in movies that scar. The thing I love about JAWS is that I've never gone swimming in the ocean again. — David Fincher

I love to exercise outside in the fresh air and sun: hiking, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, and jogging. — Colbie Caillat

I swim in a pool of my own neurosis. I carry love, grief deeply, like an Irishman. — Richard Harris

I love the water more than anything. I'm not very good at sunbathing - I get really bored. I love swimming and I love being like a fish and getting in the sea and just - I don't know, it feels right. — Beth Orton

I love sailing and water sports; whether it's water skiing, body boarding or surfing or simply swimming in the ocean. — Karolina Kurkova

I want to tell her that I can't pull her down. I want to tell her that she has to let go of my hand in order to swim. I want to tell her that she must live her own life. But I sense she already knows that these options are open to her. And that she, too, has made her choice. — Tabitha Suzuma

I actually love swimming but I just hate jumping in the water. — Natalie Coughlin

Like most people I can be lazy, so it's nice to have a goal or deadline or reason to work out. I feel better when I get to exercise, or when I'm outdoors. I like to hike, swim and run, and I love to play soccer. — Viggo Mortensen

When I was a child, love to me was what the sea is to a fish: something you swim in while you are going about the important affairs of life. — P. L. Travers

Swimming Upstream Quotes

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what i need is traveling minds talktouch kisses spittouch you swimming upstream. — Sonia Sanchez

Swimming upstream in the music business is a hard thing to do. — John Oates

Salmon. Salmon, salmon, salmon, salmon. I eat so much salmon at these weddings, twice a year I get this urge to swim upstream. — David Nicholls

Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom. — Sam Walton

You ain't supposed to get salmon when they're swimming upstream to spawn. But if you're hungry, you do. — Loretta Lynn

Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream. — W. C. Fields

After a lifetime of swimming upstream, I am convinced that one of the real secrets to Wal-mart's phenomenal success has been that very tendency. — Sam Walton

As products of our highly competitive and specialized society, with all its ladders and ceilings, neat compartments, titles, and categories, to remain in an expanded state can feel like swimming upstream. — Judith Hanson Lasater

Independent will is our capacity to act. It gives us the power to transcend our paradigms, to swim upstream, to rewrite our scripts, to act based on principle rather than reacting based on emotion or circumstance. — Stephen Covey

The fish who keeps on swimming is the first to chill upstream. — Nick Hexum

Swimming Against The Tide Quotes

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A person has three choices in life. You can swim against the tide and get exhausted, or you can tread water and let the tide sweep you away, or you can swim with the tide, and let it take you where it wants you to go. — Andrew Schneider

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal. — Robert Collier

There is no such thing as low-cost Christianity. Following Jesus means swimming against the tide, renouncing evil and selfishness — Pope Francis

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal. — Jerry Fleishman

Pay attention, my young friends: to go against the current; this is good for the heart, but we need courage to swim against the tide. ... We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for little things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals, my dear young people! — Pope Francis

If you're lost, you might need to swim against the tide. — Holly Goldberg Sloan

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement -- and we will make the goal. — Jerome P. Fleishman

I swim against the tide because I like to annoy. — Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Once a changemaker, always a changemaker but only a few swim against the tide. — Richard Branson

Tony Fernandes is in that goldfish bowl and he's swimming against the tide. — Niall Quinn

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If not you, then who? If not now, then when? — Andrzej Kolikowski

The richer we have become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man can now fly in the air like a bird, swim under the ocean like a fish, he can burrow into the ground like a mole. Now if only he could walk the earth like a man, this would be paradise. — Tommy Douglas

Today I saw cancer, cigarettes, and shortness of breath. This is why I walk to the ocean. Swim with sharks and jellyfish. I may never get this chance again. This is why if you want to kiss, you should kiss. If you want to cry, you should cry. And if you want to live, you should live. You don't have to love me. You already did. — Ryan Ross

With your silhouette when the sunlight dims Into your eyes where the moonlight swims, And your match-book songs and your gypsy hymns, Who among them would try to impress you? -Bob Dylan, "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” (1966) — Bob Dylan

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. — Woodrow Wilson

Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing. — Gene Tunney

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. — Alan Watts

The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim. — Edsger Dijkstra

But I think sometimes a person has to be forced underwater to see if they're going to drown or swim. — Karen White

Stress + Rest = Progress. The concept seems self-evident, and, in fact, it's the current operating system for most endurance, track, cycling, swimming, and triathletes today. — Rich Roll

Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim. — James A. Garfield

After the war, they took Army dogs and rehabilitated them for civilian life. But they turned soldiers into civilians immediately, and let em sink or swim. — Audie Murphy

It was this new lifestyle--not race results, finishing times, or age-group rankings--that captivated me. I reveled in the simple purity of the outdoor experience that washed over me in the midst of a trail run, the feeling of calm that enveloped me while engaged in a hard swim, and the satisfying camaraderie I discovered while pedaling with gung-ho fellow bikers. — Rich Roll

Making art is like swimming underwater in a blindfold. — Walter Darby Bannard

In 2019, the Red Bull website claimed my goal was similar to swimming to the moon. — Nirmal Purja

Human blood has a chemical composition startlingly similar to seawater. An infant will reflexively breaststroke when placed underwater and can comfortably hold his breath for about forty seconds, longer than many adults. We lose this ability only when we learn how to walk. — James Nestor

I quickly became aware that I lacked a certain level of God-given talent. If I wanted to catch up and make the leap to the national level, I couldn't rely on innate gifts. I was going to have to go the extra mile. I decided to focus almost entirely on the 200-yard butterfly; widely considered one of the most difficult and draining events, most people had no interest in swimming it. This gave me an immediate advantage. Less interest and fewer competitors meant better chances for success. — Rich Roll

To me, the sea is like a person -- like a child that I've known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I'm out there. — Gertrude Ederle

Cultivate your own capabilities, your own style. Appreciate the members of your family for who they are, even though their outlook or style may be miles different from yours. Rabbits don't fly. Eagles don't swim. Ducks look funny trying to climb. Squirrels don't have feathers. Stop comparing. There's plenty of room in the forest. — Charles R. Swindoll

If you believe in your heart that you are right, you must fight with all your might to do it your way. Only dead fish swim with the stream all the time. — Linda Ellerbee

I dont like the idea of being eaten by a shark. I like to swim in the ocean, and I think much more about sharks than anyone should. I really resent the fact that my oceangoing experiences are ruined by Jaws. — David Duchovny

In a world where so much that is wild and free has been lost to us, we must leave these beautiful animals free to swim as they will and must. They do us no harm and wish us none and we should let them alone. — Ric O'Barry

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