40 Swimming Quotes

Looking for the best swimming quotes? We’ve compiled a list of the most popular quotes.

Swimming Quotes

1. “A huge part of swimming for me is I love it, and it is so much fun.” – Missy Franklin

2. “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

3. “Swimming is simply moving meditation.” – Cesar Nikko Caharian

4. “I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming.” – Michael Phelps

5. “Swimming is one of the hardest sports.” – Stephanie Rice

6. “I think for most people it’s hard to understand what it is about swimming – I mean it’s such a solo endeavour.” – Stephanie Rice

7. “The reason swimming is one of the hardest sports is because you have to be in the pool by yourself every day, making that sacrifice. There’s no time to do anything else.” – Chad le Clos

8. “As long as I’m enjoying swimming, I will keep swimming.” – Cate Campbell

9. “Being happy outside the pool means fast swimming in the pool.” – Eric Shanteau

10. “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

11. “In training everyone focuses on 90% physical and 10% mental, but in the races its 90% mental because there’s very little that separates us physically at the elite level.” – Elka Graham

12. “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

13. “Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home.” – Michael Phelps

14. “I want people to see the passion I have for swimming and become more involved in the sport.” – Ryan Lochte

15. “The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.” – Woodrow Wilson

16. “Swimming is my salvation. Ask me in the middle of winter, or at the end of a grueling day, or after a long stretch at the computer, where I’d most like to be, and the answer is always the same: in the water, gliding weightless, slicing a silent trail through whatever patch of blue I can find.” – Lynn Sherr

17. “Swimming is my passion and something that I love.” – Natalie du Toit

18. “I’m always swimming forward like a shark. You just keep going and you don’t rest. I love waking up knowing that I have a problem to solve.” – Nile Rodgers

19. “Swimming has its educational value – mental, moral, and physical – in giving you a sense of mastery over an element, and of power of saving life, and in the development of wind and limb.” – Robert Baden-Powell

20. “Somehow I kept my head above water. I relied on the discipline, character, and strength that I had started to develop as that little girl in her first swimming pool.” – Esther Williams

21. “Water for me is so essential, like swimming.” – Nastassja Kinski

22. “In swimming at my level it’s about control of the small movements. A good ballet dancer floats across the stage, the best sprinters virtually abolish gravity. All motion occurs in the right direction.” – Alexander Dale Oen

23. “With swimming, I burn a lot of calories. I’m able to eat pretty much anything and it won’t affect me. But I don’t.” – Ryan Lochte

24. “Swimming isn’t everything, winning is.” – Mark Spitz

25. “I want to continue the sport of swimming. I’m not going to give up until I think it’s reached where I want it to go.” – Michael Phelps

26. “I love going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. I think it’s so relaxing. It’s also a great form of active recovery. It’s perfect for those rest days when you still want to move a little bit.” – Eugenie Bouchard

27. “I try to separate my personal life from swimming.” – Michael Phelps

28. “There’s so much more to me than swimming. I like to go and have fun, like to go dancing, hang out with my friends.” – Ryan Lochte

29. “Swimming is probably the ultimate of burnout sports. It’s ironic because millions of people who swim as their regular exercise love the meditation aspect of it; you don’t wind up with any orthopedic injuries. But when you swim at a world class level for hours and hours – the loneness of the long distance runner.” – Diana Nyad

30. “I can’t imagine what I would be doing if I wasn’t swimming. It is what I want to do now; it is what I want to do in the foreseeable future, and that is what I’m focusing on.” – Cate Campbell

31. “I’ve enjoyed training again, I’ve enjoyed pushing myself in the pool and I’ll keep on swimming until I feel I cannot get any more out of myself.” – Ian Thorpe

32. “I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There’s no better time to try this than now.” – Michael Phelps

33. “Based on my experience, I would say that rather than taking lessons in how to become an entrepreneur, you should jump into the pool and start swimming.” – Travis Kalanick

34. “For people who believe that they can’t do it, I hope I’m an inspiration to others to get out there and try swimming. You might be pretty good at it.” – Simone Manuel

35. “Swimming keeps me fit and flexible, and it helps that I have a large pool at my house in Beverly Hills.” – Nobu Matsuhisa

36. “Swimming and all other sports have got to get to that place where you have the trust of the people watching it.” – Adam Peaty

37. “Back in my mind, I never, ever wanted to give up swimming; it was something that I would carry on with.” – Natalie du Toit

38. “After my cancer diagnosis, I really took my swimming to a new level.” – Eric Shanteau

39. “Remember to do the things you enjoy away from swimming, regularly.” – Ian Thorpe

40. “I won’t give up swimming, even if it kills me. I love the rhythm of it.” – Arturo O’Farrill


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