“Impartial observers from other planets would consider ours an utterly bizarre enclave if it were populated by birds, defined as flying animals, that nevertheless rarely or never actually flew. They would also be perplexed if they encountered in our seas, lakes, rivers, and ponds, creatures defined as swimmers that never did any swimming. But they […]

“If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element, then get out of the vehicle”

“Seven days of no swimming makes one weak.”

“Swimming: From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.”

“Swimming – what real men do while boys play football.”

“Do men who have got all their marbles go swimming in lakes with their clothes on?”

“I always wanted to be Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. I can’t fly, but swimming is the next best thing. It’s harmony and balance. The water is my sky.”

“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.”

“It’s been told that swimming is a wimp sport, but I don’t see it. We don’t get timeouts, in the middle of a race we can’t stop and catch our breath, we can’t roll on our stomachs and lie there, and we can’t ask for a substitution.”

“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.”