"i am sure no adventurer nor discoverer ever lived who could not swim. swimming cultivates the imagination."
- Annette Kellerman, "The Million Dollar Mermaid" and author of "How to Swim"
"if the beatles or the sixties had a message, it was learn to swim. period. and once you learn to swim, swim."
- John Lennon, 1981, his final interview
"The biggest thing I've been thankful for is - I've been able to use my imagination."
- Michael Phelps, August 16, 2008
"I imagine. Therefore I belong and am free."
- Lawrence Durrell, Justine
“We enter the ocean with a shock; our skin and blood shout in protest. But that instant, that leap, past, what do we find? Ecstasy and buoyancy. Swimming offers a parable. We struggle and thrash, and drown; we succumb, even in despair, and float, and we are saved.”
- John Updike
“Since we live on land, and are usually beyond sight of the sea, it is easy to forget that our world is an ocean world… Some shores have been tamed, however temporarily, but beyond the horizon lies a place that refuses to submit. The ocean is a realm that remains radically free."
- William Langewiesche
“There is no passion in nature so demonically impatient as that of him who, shuddering upon the edge of a precipice, thus meditates a plunge.”
- Edgar Allan Poe
"The water is your friend. You don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as water, and it will help you move.”
- Aleksandr Popov
“The best way to observe fish is to become a fish.”
- Jacques Cousteau
“When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.”
- Leonardo da Vinci
“Out of water, I am nothing.”
- Duke Kahanamoku
"Swimming should be playful, reflective, meditative - a break from our busy and pressured lives."
- Steven Shaw, the Art of Swimming
“Swim with the cactus and float with the stone.’"
“That’s why I like it best underwater. You don’t have to think about breathing."
- Ernest Hemingway
“Thinking about swimming isn’t much like getting in the water. Actually getting in the water can take your breath away.”
- Barbara Sher
"I can make art or things that look like art, but it's not art unless I'm engaged with it. If I'm not doing that, I'd rather be swimming."
- Tracy Emin
"If there is magic on this planet, then it is contained in the water."
- Loren Eisley, The Immense Journey