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.
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
For myself, losing is not coming second. It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I've been in
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Don't count the days, make the days count.
If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you.
Swimming is more than a once-every-four-years sport. My goal is to bring attention to swimming - to give it some personality.
Just for you non-sea-god types out there, don't go swimming in New York Harbor. It may not be as filthy as it was in my mom's day, but that water will still probably make you grow a third eye or have mutant children when you grow up.
If you're going through hell, keep going.
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
I want to be able to look back and say, 'I've done everything I can, and I was successful.' I don't want to look back and say I should have done this or that. I'd like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Breastroke is an athletic event, butterfly is a political statement.
You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
I let it go. It's like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.
I'm trying to do the best I can. I'm not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.
Mainly, I like to have fun. Swimming is all about having fun, and I am firm believer that you should keep swimming as long as you are having fun, but I can say that it becomes much more fun as you get older and learn more about the sport, life, and especially more about yourself
I grew up watching 'Superman.' As a child, when I first learned to dive into a swimming pool, I wasn't diving, I was flying, like Superman. I used to dream of rescuing a girl I had a crush on from a playground bully.
Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'
Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.' Paul McCartney I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
It has nothing to do with swimming. That happens to be my sport. I'm trying to see how far I can go
There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.
Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming - being compared to him and Mark Spitz.
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