12 Quotes About The Joy of Swimming

Some triathletes love it, while others love to hate it.

Regardless of where you stand on swimming, you’ll still find plenty to entertain you in The Joy of Swimming.

This new book brings together quotations from characters as diverse as Winston Churchill, Michael Phelps, Mark Twain, and Jimi Hendrix. With chapters arranged by theme, such as “Tackling the Ocean,” “Swimming with a Smile,” and “Mind of a Champion,” it takes a fun look at life in the water. Here at we selected a few of our favorite quotations to share with you:

The Joy of Swimming Quotes

“I want to get up in the morning and just roll over in my bed into an indoor swimming pool. And then swim to the breakfast table.”
Jimi Hendrix

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

“Some people give their problems swimming lessons instead of drowning them.”
Mark Twain

“Many people cycle or swim to keep trim. But if swimming is so good for the figure, how do you explain whales?”
Charles Saatchi

“Just keep swimming.”
Dory, Finding Nemo

“The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean.”
Laird Hamilton

“During an open-water swim, it’s easy to lose your direction. With all the splash, it can be quite hard to see the next buoy, so I look behind it for something bigger, like a tree or a building, and aim for that instead.”
Jonathan Brownlee

“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.”
Christopher Reeve

“This is why relays are so important, because you can find more in yourself for someone else than what you can ever find for yourself.”
Ian Thorpe

“Sometimes we complain, but there is something beautiful about waking up before everyone to get better at what we love.”
Missy Franklin

“Swimming isn’t everything, winning is.”
Mark Spitz

“So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach.”
Michael Phelps

The Joy of Swimming

Look for The Joy of Swimming when it releases on Aug. 27. Learn more here.