Best Swimming Quotes of All Time

March 12, 2021

No matter how passionate you are about swimming, it’s natural to fall into a rut at times.

Maybe you’re lacking motivation, discouraged from a recent injury or just plain tired. Perhaps you’ve lost sight of the “why” that used to fire you up.

Sometimes, the best way to re-ignite your love for swimming is to soak in words of wisdom from the greats. Check out our top inspirational quotes about swimming below!


“Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal, it’s courage that counts.”

-Alicia Coutts


“I try to make the good days great and take something positive from the days I’m not feeling good.” 

-Katie Ledecky


“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.”



“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.”

-Ian Thorpe


“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

-Missy Franklin


“The water is your friend…you don’t have to fight the water, just share the same spirit as the water and it will help you move.”

-Alexandr Popov


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

-Robert Baden-Powell


“I think that everything is possible if you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.”

-Michael Phelps


“The water doesn’t know your age.”

-Dara Torres


“If you want to learn to swim, jump into the water.  On dry land, no frame of mind is ever going to help you. “

-Bruce Lee


“Have fun, because that’s what life is about.”

-Ryan Lochte


“The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph.”



“Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves.”

-Kieran Perkins



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