Quotations About / On:
Before you learn how to swim you will drink water.
He who constantly swims in the ocean loves dry land.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, September 16, 1891, to E.M. Shavrova. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 273, "Nauka" (1976).)
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
(F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter (undated) to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
And you can never learn how to swim by watching others do it - you plunge into the waters!
(Learning anything new...)
Love is not dead, but is alive, and swimming in the sea of presumptive guesstimate and bombastic false hope.
Everything that ever walked or crawled on the face of the earth, swum the depths of the ocean or soared through the skies left its imprint here.
(Robert M. Fresco, and Jack Arnold. Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar), Tarantula, Looking out at the desert. (1955).)
... strike the words "white male" from all your constitutions, and then, with fair sailing, let us sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish together.
(Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, part 3, by Miriam Schnier (1972).
The conclusion of her 1860 address to the New York State legislature.)
Being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming: you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere.
(Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), U.S. critic. Notebook entry, 1928. Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition, ed. William Philips (1985).)
It is true I swim in a perpetual sea of sex but the actual excursions are fairly limited.
(Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. letter, Feb. 1, 1932. Letters to Anaïs Nin, pt. 1 (1965).)
Life is but a river, like a river it drowns. You either swim in it or flow with it, whatever you do, just the head above the water is the conclusion of all matters.