Quotations About / On: SWIMMING

  • 11.
    To me, the sea is like a person—like a child that I've known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I'm out there.
    (Gertrude Ederle (b. 1906), U.S. swimmer. New York Post (Sept. 5, 1956). Remark made 30 years after becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel.)
  • 12.
    A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams. For what? So you can swim and dance and play.
    (David Duncan (b.1913), U.S. screenwriter, and George Pal. George (Rod Taylor), The Time Machine, speaking to dissolute humans far in the future (1960).)
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  • 13.
    What is more true than anything else? To swim is true and to sink is true. One cannot speak any more of being, one must speak only of the mess.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Tom F. Driver, "Beckett by the Medeleine" [interview], p. 23, Columbia University Forum IV (Summer, 1961).)
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  • 14.
    There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.
    (Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. Billie Jean, ch. 2 (1982).)
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  • 15.
    I swims in the Tagus all across at once, and I rides on an ass or a mule, and swears Portuguese, and have got a diarrhoea and bites from the mosquitoes. But what of that? Comfort must not be expected by folks that go a pleasuring.
    (George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, July 16, 1809. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 1, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973).)
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  • 16.
    I love all men who dive. Any fish can swim near the surface, but it takes a great whale to go down stairs five miles or more; & if he don't attain the bottom, why, all the lead in Galena can't fashion the plummet that will.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. letter, Mar. 3, 1849, to Evert A. Duyckinck. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).)
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  • 17.
    We swim, day by day, on a river of delusions, and are effectually amused with houses and towns in the air, of which the men about us are dupes. But life is a sincerity.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Uses of Great Men," Representative Men (1850).)
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  • 18.
    I confess my belief in the common man.... The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.... The man who is in the melee knows what blows are being struck and what blood is being drawn.
    (Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. The New Freedom, p. 80 (1913).)
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