Our Favorite Swimming Quotes

Hurray! For those of us in North America it’s just about that time to start hitting the beach again.

To celebrate warmer weather, beautiful beaches, and dusting off our swim suits, we put together 20 swimming quotes that inspire us to do more than just go swimming. Enjoy.


20 Motivational Swimming Quotes

1. I won’t predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible. ― Michael Phelps

2. My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, ‘I’m an Olympic gold medallist. ― Michael Phelps

3. 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

4. Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home. ― Michael Phelps

5. You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.― Michael Phelps

6. All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

7. I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can’t get my wife to go swimming. ― Jimmy Carter

8. Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked. ― Warren Buffett

9. Swimming is a confusing sport, because sometimes you do it for fun, and other times you do it to not die. And when I’m swimming, sometimes I’m not sure which one it is. ― Demetri Martin

10. This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is. ― Dennis Rodman

11. Breaststroke is an athletic event; butterfly is a political statement. ― Paul Tsongas

12. Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine. ― Proverb

13. I always wanted to be Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up.  I can’t fly, but swimming is the next best thing.  It’s harmony and balance.  The water is my sky. ― Clayton Jones

14. If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read “President Can’t Swim.” ― Lyndon B. Johnson

15. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do all the rest have to drown too? ― Steven Wright

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

17. I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it. ― Michael Phelps

18. People ask me ‘what was going through your mind in the race?’ and I don’t know. I try and …let my body do what it knows. ― Ian Thorpe

19. The water is your friend…..you don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move. ― Alexandr Popov

20. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination. ― Michael Phelps

Image: Reuters

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