49+ Best Swimming Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Swimming is an important sport for both physical and mental health. It improves your overall health and heals the spirit. You can swim and feel good to start a positive day. Motivational swimming quotes will inspire you and encourage you to live healthy as a swimmer.

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Famous Swimming Quotes

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Great things never come from comfort zones. Penny Oleksiak

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. Unknown

I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming. Michael Phelps

It’s not who’s put up the fastest time in the world that year, or who’s put up the fastest time in the previous four years, but who can get their hand on the wall first today. Nathan Adrian

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. Steve Jobs

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You are always racing against the other swimmers, but I always try to just focus on what I’m doing and how I want to swim my races. Katie Ledecky

Peak performance is meditation in motion. Greg Louganis

The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. Unknown

If you’re scared to lose rather than excited to win, then that’s the wrong way to approach a race. Cate Campbell

It’s easy to forget when you’re an elite athlete that everyone else gets nervous as well. Even the best people in the world, at whatever they do, they’re still nervous. Leisl Jones

My whole swimming career was about training to beat Michael Phelps in any race I possibly could. Chad le Clos

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. Vince Lombardi

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Inspirational Swimming Quotes

I knew I had all kinds of work to do and I left no stone unturned. But on the day I actually got to the Olympics there was this incredible, overwhelming, feeling that someone has to win this race and why not me? Mark Tewksbury

In Athens I was 17 and I didn’t have any expectations. I was just swimming fast and racing everybody. Laure Manaudou

If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. Unknown

I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them. Amanda Beard

The best swimmers are the ones that almost don’t try the most… It’s just about relaxing and enjoying it. Cate Campbell

There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas Edison

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I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today. Mark Spitz

Tonight was not about winning, it was about focusing on myself and what I was aiming to do. It’s the reason why I was able to swim so well. Libby Lenton

In training everyone focuses on 90% physical and 10% mental, but in the races its 90% mental because there’s very little that separates us physically at the elite level. Elka Graham

Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder. Unknown

It’s unbelievable, I’m swimming so fast. I went in with no expectations. I just went out hoping to get a personal best. I went out there with a smile, just to have fun and see what would happen. Jade Edmistone

Traveling to swimming meets took me beyond my small-town existence, gave me a hint of the exciting world outside of my own home. Esther Williams

Amazing Swimming Quotes

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

Never worry about what anyone else is doing…Just swim your own race. Dara Torres

Swimming is simply moving meditation. Cesar Nikko Caharian

I know I’ve made huge gains in my confidence and knowing more about my racing and myself as a person. That has made me a better athlete. Libby Lenton

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

People ask me ‘what was going through your mind in the race?’ and I don’t know. I try and let my body do what it knows. Ian Thorpe

We’ve seen, time and again, when people focus on the outcome rather than what needs to be done to achieve a desirable result, then the wheels fall off. Cate Campbell

Enjoy the journey, enjoy every moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing. Matt Biondi

When you’re racing you can’t hear anyone and you’re just in your head. It’s pretty cool to know that everything is just you and it’s just a mental game. Penny Oleksiak

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

I can’t control what everyone else swims but if all goes well I know there are no limits. Leisl Jones

I’ve learned so much over the last few years, I’ve had ups and downs but I feel more motivated than ever to be the best person and athlete I can be. Penny Oleksiak

Getting to the Olympics was, has always been, my swimming dream since I was 8 or 9 years old. You know, right after I started swimming it was, ‘I want to make an Olympic team. That’s where I want to be.’ Eric Shanteau

The most important lesson I’ve learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship. Amy Van Dyken

I’ve swum for my country, I’ve swum for my coaches and my schools and my teams. I decided this time I was going to swim for myself. Janet Evans

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…But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goal. Kieran Perkins

Swimming is one of the hardest sports. Stephanie Rice

Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home. Michael Phelps

I’ve enjoyed training again, I’ve enjoyed pushing myself in the pool and I’ll keep on swimming until I feel I cannot get any more out of myself. Ian Thorpe

Swimming is my passion and something that I love. Natalie du Toit

I want people to see the passion I have for swimming and become more involved in the sport. Ryan Lochte

A huge part of swimming for me is I love it, and it is so much fun. Missy Franklin

Swimming is great because there are levels of goals. First, when I was four, it was making it to the other end and overcoming the fear of standing up in front of everybody at a swim meet because I was such a shy kid. Summer Sanders

I can’t imagine what I would be doing if I wasn’t swimming. It is what I want to do now; it is what I want to do in the foreseeable future, and that is what I’m focusing on. Cate Campbell

Enjoy swimming for swimming’s sake. We have to spend far too much time in the water to not enjoy the process of challenging yourself of moving through the water. Jeff Rouse