Quotations About / On: SWIMMING
the moon is high
the night is cool
the pool inviting
for a moonlight swim
Before you learn how to swim you will drink water.
Love is not dead, but is alive, and swimming in the sea of presumptive guesstimate and bombastic false hope.
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).)
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.
Noah was saved on the ark from the quandary of accepting sharks. They could swim in the seas and not harm those in the barque.
My pillow is as good as any ocean
(I Liked You When I Thought I was Dead)
to drown in the nightmare of myself.
I swam all the way here from the moon.