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In Swim-City's 'Motivational Quotes'-section you find the best motivational quotes about swimming or quotes that can help you push a little harder during training or a race. Do you know a good quote yourself, or want to read the swimmers' quotes from around the world? Go to our
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Motivational & Inspirational Swimming Quotes

First, some statements of some of the world's best swimmers and after that some other famous non-swimming quotes, which could also involve swimming.

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Famous swimmers' quotes

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 [AUS]

I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it
- Michael Phelps [USA]

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. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. 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 goals
- Kieren Perkins [AUS]

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 [AUS]

I have been visualizing myself every night for the past four years standing on the podium having the gold placed around my neck.
- Megan Quann [USA]

Before the (Olympic) trials I was doing a lot of relaxing exercises and visualization. And I think that that helped me to get a feel of what it was gonna be like when I got there. I knew that I had done everything that I could to get ready for that meet, both physically and mentally
- Michael Phelps

I was so surprised. Then again, I was so relaxed in the water, it felt amazing
- Pieter van den Hoogenband [NED] (after winning a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000)

Mainly, I like to have fun. Swimming is all about having fun, and I am firm believer that you should keep swimming as long as you are having fun, but I can say that it becomes much more fun as you get older and learn more about the sport, life, and especially more about yourself
- Scott Goldblatt [USA]

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
- Aleksandr Popov [RUS]

For myself, losing is not coming second. It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I've been in
- Ian Thorpe [AUS]

While I'm swimming, I sing songs in my mind
- Aleksandr Popov [RUS]

Other motivational quotes

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Sports Do Not Build Character... They Reveal It

Winners never quit and quitters never win

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it-as long as you really believe 100 percent.

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost.

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.

If you can imagine it,
You can achieve it.
If you can dream it,
You can become it.


If you can't accept losing, you can't win.

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Winners never quit and quitters never win

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