70+ Best Drowning Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Drowning is death caused by being underwater and not being able to breathe, or a case when this happens. Profoundly inspirational drowning quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Drowning Quotes

I once wrote a short story called ‘The Best Blues Singer in the World,’ and it went like this: ‘The streets that Balboa walked were his own private ocean, and Balboa was drowning.’ End of story. That says it all. Nothing else to say. I’ve been rewriting that same story over and over again. All my plays are rewriting that same story. — August Wilson

Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning. I was much further out than you thought, and not waving but drowning. I was much too far out all my life, And not waving but drowning. — Stevie Smith

The black man has become a shell, a shadow of man, completely defeated, drowning in his own misery, a slave, an ox bearing the yoke of oppression with sheepish timidity. — Steven Biko

The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young black men is not auto accidents or accidental drowning, but homicide. — Larry Elder

We are drowning in information. — Jon Lovett

Since the 1970s, I have asked students if they would first try to save their drowning dog or a drowning stranger. And for 40 years I have received the same results: One third vote for their dog, one third for the stranger, and one third don’t know what they would do. — Dennis Prager

My room is like an antique shop, full of junk, and weird stuff. There’s a big sword in there. And a taxidermy bird, and a couple of birdcages. And a lot of newspaper cuttings. I used to have a weird thing about cutting out morbid headlines from newspapers, and collecting them. I was fascinated with drowning, which is kind of strange. — Florence Welch

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge. — John Naisbitt

If I’m walking down the riverbank, and a man is drowning, even if I don’t know how to swim very well, I feel this urge that the right thing to do is to try to save that person. Evolution would tell me exactly the opposite: preserve your DNA. Who cares about the guy who’s drowning? — Francis Collins

No one wants to drown. Drowning would be the worst. Cause everyone knows that feeling. That feeling, oh it’s the worst… when you think you’re drowning. — Dane Cook

One of my inspirations, Harry Houdini, remains an icon of the art because he defied our primal fears. His demonstrations in the early 20th century, especially his escape from the Chinese water torture cell, represented triumph over suffocation, drowning, disorientation and helplessness. — Criss Angel

My sister was drowning in the ocean once, and my brother and I dove in and saved her. True story. She owes us her life. It’s great leverage; we abuse it all the time! — Matt Barr

After I was cast, I decided to read ‘Sharp Objects’. I ended up drowning it in sticky notes, highlighter and pen. It became my little diary I could refer to. I took little quotes out of the book and transferred them onto this scrapbook I kept about Amma. — Eliza Scanlen

Every day, TV, newspapers, and the Internet bombard us with a message that we’re destroying the earth. Ice caps are melting, rivers are dying, polar bears are drowning, and trees are doing something. — Penn Jillette

If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning. — Simon Cowell

Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic. — Anais Nin

I’ve died so many times. I’m 65. On my 40th birthday, my girlfriend gave me a reel with ways I had died, whether it was by knife, or electrocution or drowning or being thrown off a building or whatever it might have been. I’ve died a lot of times! — Jonathan Banks

There have been times when things get stuck in my throat, but you just work it up or down. Like how a swimmer probably can’t imagine drowning – their bodies are so used to being in the water. I’m so used to shoving things down my throat. — Joey Chestnut

I think we all think we sound really good in the shower, where there’s that nice reverb, and the water’s drowning you out, and there is some liberation in the freedom of being totally alone and really going for it. — Meryl Streep

We’re all drowning in data. We all need moments of recovery. For me, that includes not going right to my phone when I wake up in the morning. — Cathy Engelbert

Our world is drowning in a sea of self-centeredness. You can make yourself quite unique right away by leaving this ocean of selfishness and choosing to be curious about other people. — John Bytheway

My definition of product-market fit is you are drowning in demand – your product is being used by so many customers that you cannot handle all the new people knocking at your door! — Michael Seibel

I’m drowning in papers. — Wislawa Szymborska

Usually, turkey burger recipes result in something so lifeless and tasteless that drowning one in ketchup (that most perfect and delicious of condiments) doesn’t help much. Part of the problem is calling this food a ‘burger’ at all, because it’s never going to satisfy the way juicy, salty, medium-rare beef will. — Claire Saffitz

I never had a lot of drive, but because I had family responsibilities, I had a lot of tenacity – the tenacity of a drowning man. — Dick Van Dyke

That first CS class I took, I felt like I was drowning. It’s like being taught how to swim by being thrown off deck. The continual self-talk that I have had with myself while I’ve been here is, pull yourself together and get this done. — Justine Bateman

I can fall asleep in the shower without drowning. — Thundercat

I attended the bedside of a friend who was dying in a Dublin hospital. She lived her last hours in a public ward with a television blaring out a football match, all but drowning our final conversation. — Gabriel Byrne

You know what it’s like having five kids? Imagine you’re drowning. And someone hands you a baby. — Jim Gaffigan

My experience as a young actor on network television was that I couldn’t make it work. I was drowning as an actor. — James Badge Dale

Just look at the messages today’s media are sending everybody, from TV and commercials to actors and singers. Kids are just drowning in that 24-7 and it’s getting really bad. — Evan Rachel Wood

Ju jitsu is very Buddhist. All that we fear we hold close to ourselves to survive. So if you’re drowning and you see a corpse floating by, hang on to it because it will rescue you. — Tom Hardy

Most people go to the office and sit at a desk. When firefighters go to the office, we might birth a baby in the morning, save a drowning surfer in the afternoon, and run into a fire at night. What could be more interesting than that? — Caroline Paul

In the media, waterboarding is called ‘simulated drowning,’ but that’s a misnomer. It does not simulate drowning, as the lungs are actually filling with water. There is no way to simulate that. The victim is drowning. — Malcolm Nance

Well, listen, you know, the Czech saying is, you know, when you are drowning you are grabbing even a little twig. That’s what all Czechs were doing, grabbing for… with the hope for this little twig. — Milos Forman

I wanted to play around with the format, really tear it to pieces and shake it up. For example, if Mitch saves someone from drowning, and that person then goes out and releases a virus that kills a million people. Imagine the moral implications of that. — David Hasselhoff

Today, human civilization is drowning in a sea of lies. — L. Neil Smith

Oil is drowning our oceans and drowning our boreal forests. — Winona LaDuke

I’m a bit of a Luddite, really: I don’t use email much, as I started drowning in it. So I said ‘screw this’ and dumped my laptop, though I’ve begun to re-engage with it. — Charles Hazlewood

Emigration is no longer a solution; it’s a defeat. People are risking death, drowning every day, but they’re knocking on doors that are not open. — Tahar Ben Jelloun

Without question, we need to be informed of the happenings in the world. But modern communication brings into our homes a drowning cascade of the violence and misery of the worldwide human race. There comes a time when we need to find some peaceful spiritual renewal. — James E. Faust

It is high time to declare an end to the breastfeeding dictatorship that is drowning women in guilt and worry just when they most need support: after the birth of a child. — Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Rather than numbing or drowning out the difficult-to-describe but urgently sensed feelings that are part of being human, poetry invites us to tease them out, to draw them into language that is rooted in intricate thought and strange impulse. — Tracy K. Smith

Man, I was drowning in sadness. And Angelina, she lifted me right up out of there. — Billy Bob Thornton

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. — E. O. Wilson

I read a book called ‘Transatlantic’, which is a history of the great shipping lines. Also, of course, I had read about the Titanic and saw Leo drowning at the end of the ‘Titanic’ movie and all that stuff. — Erik Larson

There are too many kids who are drowning for lack of water safety. That’s something I’d like to do. Teaching kids to live an active lifestyle. — Michael Phelps

When I look at my daily schedule, I feel like a trout flopping about on a dock, drowning in the air. Some people are ruthless with their schedules. Not me. I wing it. — Douglas Coupland

When I was very young, my nanny was a big Newfoundland dog… whose task was to keep me from drowning. — Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

I love physical books, can’t bear to throw them away, and am drowning under the weight of my collection, but I do a lot of my work reading now on my iPad. — Mariella Frostrup

Let me put it this way, if you were drowning, you wouldn’t really be in a place to lend a hand as far as being rescued. You’d be at the mercy of the lifeguard. Once pulled out, you may be a little out of it, not sure where you are, but safe nonetheless. — Bart Millard

People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold. — John Jay Chapman

Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle. — Edna Ferber

I’m trying to conquer swimming. I’m getting there. I’ve gotta conquer it. I had a fear of drowning and tunnels and flying. I started flying and got my pilot’s license, so I conquered that. Now, I’m onto swimming and tunnels. — Tyler Perry

I always thought Jon Stewart was an extremely good surgeon with his scalpel. He would have Republicans on who, I guess, were unclear about what Stewart was up to, and while Jon Stewart was being nice, he was building a case for drowning them. — Greg Gutfeld

It was as helpful as throwing a drowning man both ends of the rope. — Arthur Baer

Describing passive violence in this culture is kinda like someone who is drowning in the middle of the ocean giving you the low-down on water. The only way you can really understand passive violence is by going somewhere far, far away from phones, news, TV, the Internet. — Inga Muscio

I can’t swim and I’m terrified of drowning, but I still love being by water – just not in it. — Sherri Shepherd

It was less in pity than in anger that the world was moved by the photograph of little Alan Kurdi, that dead three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose name we’re all remembering now on the first anniversary of his drowning, along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehanna. — Terry Glavin

When I started making my own records, I had this idea of drowning out the singer and putting the rest in the foreground. It was the background that interested me. — Brian Eno

We shouldn’t be profiting from our students who are drowning in debt while giving a great deal to the banks. That’s just wrong. — Elizabeth Warren

Only the wise know just where predestination ends and free will begins. Meanwhile, you must keep on doing your best, according to your own clearest understanding. you must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air. Without sincere longing, you will never find God. — Paramahansa Yogananda

It would be nice to redefine ourselves – at the moment we are drowning in diversity. That’s not a bad thing, its just going to take a while before we refocus. — Harvey Fierstein

We are drowning in partisan rhetoric that is just true enough not to be a lie; in industry-sponsored research; in social media’s imitation of human connection; in legalese and corporate double-speak. — Jon Lovett

I once saved someone from drowning. — Simon Van Booy

When you’re drowning, you don’t say ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,’ you just scream. — John Lennon

Jealousy, greed, fear. We’re all full of these things. But also love and compassion. If you saw a drowning baby, it wouldn’t matter if you were wearing a tuxedo on the way to your own wedding. You’d jump in to save him. — John McAfee

In a world where families are drowning on beaches to escape war, leaving the church because of sexual abuse, or denied access because of sexual orientation, the utopia that Pope Francis desires may be impossible for the church to attain. — Anthea Butler

Corporate America is drowning in meetings. To make one thing clear, I am not against communication. Quick one-on-ones can be extremely effective. I am talking about those hour-long recurring meetings, devoid of a clear agenda, and attended by many. I dread them. — Sebastian Thrun

Anyone with an inbox knows what I’m talking about. A dozen emails to set up a meeting time. Documents attached and edited and reedited until no one knows which version is current. Urgent messages drowning in forwards and cc’s and spam. — Ryan Holmes

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