Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Nothing great is easy,” is enscribed on English Channel pioneer Captain Matthew Webb’s memorial. There are plenty of other pithy sayings attributed to those who spend time in the open water:

Big love as always,” Nick Adams, 12-time English Channel swimmer.

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing,” marathon swimmer David Barra.

The ocean is a very, very beautiful place. It is God’s gift to us,” pioneer swimmer and author Lynne Cox [shown above training near the Queen Mary].

Failure is failure only when we stop trying anymore,” Sri Chinmoy, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee.

Onwards,” Diana Nyad, speaker and marine adventurer.

Expect the unexpected,” Heraclitus of Ephesus, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher.

I had a strong inclination for the sea; living near the water, I was much in it and about it,” Benjamin Franklin, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee.

Just keep swimming,” animation character Dory in the movie Finding Nemo.

I swim as fast and as hard as I can for as long as I can,” actor Kevin Costner in the movie, The Guardian.

Be realistic: aim for the impossible,” Freda Streeter, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee.

The [jellyfish] will not sting you. The tops don’t sting you,” animation character Marlin, a clownfish in Finding Nemo.

Channel swimming is 80% mental, 20% the rest,” Alison Streeter, Queen of the Channel®.

Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings,” swimmer Michael Phelps, 22-time Olympic medalist.

My preference is swimming in the sea. I find the sea is more liberating, wild and good fun rather than plodding up and down a pool,” Jo Brand, English comedian, writer and actress.

The water doesn’t know how old you are,” swimmer Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic medalist.

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air“, Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, lecturer, and poet.

I never saved anything for the swim back, character Vincent in the movie Gattaca.

Swimming has been a very effective medium for telling a story about the state of our planet,” Lewis Pugh, United Nations Patron of the Oceans.

If you want to swim across the English Channel from England to France – you have to leave your doubt on the beach in England.” Lewis Pugh, United Nations Patron of the Oceans.

Determination can change your mind. Determination can change your heart. Determination can change your life altogether,” Sri Chinmoy, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee.

With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination,” swimmer Michael Phelps, 22-time Olympic medalist.

“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,” American swimmer Scott Goldblatt, Olympic gold medalist.

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get“, swimmer Michael Phelps, 22-time Olympic medalist.

No lines, no lanes, no limits,” Steven Munatones, open water swimmer.

No pain, no gain. No guts, no glory. No fear, no regrets,” various.

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