Quotes About Drowning

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Langston Hughes
“I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.”
Langston Hughes

Ted Hughes
“Nobody wanted your dance,
Nobody wanted your strange glitter, your floundering
Drowning life and your effort to save yourself,
Treading water, dancing the dark turmoil,
Looking for something to give.”
Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters

“You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”
Edwin Louis Cole

Robert Jordan
“He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.”
Robert Jordan, New Spring

Julia Gregson
“She had a strange feeling in the pit of her stomach, like when you're swimming and you want to put your feet down on something solid, but the water's deeper than you think and there's nothing there”
Julia Gregson, East of the Sun

Jessi Kirby
“I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.”
Jessi Kirby, Moonglass

Steve Maraboli
“Sometimes you're drowning yourself in your own words.”
Steve Maraboli

Ilona Andrews
“I hit him on the back of the neck. He submerged. Help. I've drowned the Beast Lord.
Ilona Andrews, Magic Strikes

Herman Melville
“For in tremendous extremities human souls are like drowning men; well enough they know they are in peril; well enough they know the causes of that peril;--nevertheless, the sea is the sea, and these drowning men do drown.”
Herman Melville, Pierre or the Ambiguities

Stephen Crane
“Tell her this
And more,—
That the king of the seas
Weeps too, old, helpless man.
The bustling fates
Heap his hands with corpses
Until he stands like a child
With surplus of toys.”
Stephen Crane, Complete Poems of Stephen Crane

Anatole Broyard
“Two people making love, she once said, are like one drowned person resuscitating the other.”
Anatole Broyard, Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir

Richelle E. Goodrich
“When it comes to the crusty behavior of some people, give them the benefit of the doubt. They may be drowning right before your eyes, but you can't see it. And you'd never ask someone to drown with a smile on his face.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

Christine Feehan
“For the first time in his existence, he knew he was drowning and he wasn't thinking about survival.”
Christine Feehan, Water Bound

Kaui Hart Hemmings
“I don't ask what Alex sees in him because I'm afraid my disapproval will make her latch on to him even more. That's how it works. I'll have to pretend he doesn't bother me and that I don't want to drown him in the bay.”
Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants

Jarod Kintz
“I had a dream about you. You were learning how to swim, and I was learning how to drown. We each studied the other’s technique. Swimming and drowning and both of us doing both taught us a lot about love.
Jarod Kintz, We Had A #Dream About You

Charlotte Eriksson
“The stars are brilliant at this time of night
and I wander these streets like a ritual I don’t dare to break
for darling, the times are quite glorious.

I left him by the water’s edge,
still waving long after the ship was gone
and if someone would have screamed my name I wouldn’t have heard for I’ve said goodbye so many times in my short life that farewells are a muscular task and I’ve taught them well.
There’s a place by the side of the railway near the lake where I grew up and I used to go there to burry things and start anew.
I used to go there to say goodbye.
I was young and did not know many people but I had hidden things inside that I never dared to show and in silence I tried to kill them,
one way or the other,
leaving sin on my body
scrubbing tears off with salt
and I built my rituals in farewells.
Endings I still cling to.

So I go to the ocean to say goodbye.

He left that morning, the last words still echoing in my head
and though he said he’d come back one day I know a broken promise from a right one
for I have used them myself and there is no coming back.
Minds like ours are can’t be tamed and the price for freedom is the price we pay.

I turned away from the ocean
as not to fall for its plea
for it used to seduce and consume me
and there was this one night
a few years back and I was not yet accustomed to farewells
and just like now I stood waving long after the ship was gone.
But I was younger then and easily fooled
and the ocean was deep and dark and blue
and I took my shoes off to let the water freeze my bones.
I waded until I could no longer walk and it was too cold to swim but still I kept on walking at the bottom of the sea for I could not tell the difference between the ocean and the lack of someone I loved and I had not yet learned how the task of moving on is as necessary as survival.

Then days passed by and I spent them with my work
and now I’m writing letters I will never dare to send.
But there is this one day every year or so
when the burden gets too heavy
and I collect my belongings I no longer need
and make my way to the ocean to burn and drown and start anew
and it is quite wonderful, setting fire to my chains and flames on written words
and I stand there, starring deep into the heat until they’re all gone.
Nothing left to hold me back.

You kissed me that morning as if you’d never done it before and never would again and now I write another letter that I will never dare to send, collecting memories of loss
like chains wrapped around my veins,
and if you see a fire from the shore tonight
it’s my chains going up in flames.

The time of moon i quite glorious.
We could have been so glorious.”
Charlotte Eriksson

Diane L. Randle
“If we found a ticket to Disneyland would you think we should arrest Mickey Mouse?”
Diane L. Randle, Spectral Witness

Diane L. Randle
“Jeopardy, Mom! You have got to get on Jeopardy! Seriously! You could marry Alex Trebek! You could be Alex and Alex Trebek! You could be Alex SQUARED!”
Diane L. Randle, Spectral Witness

W.W. Jacobs
“She stooped for a stone and dropped it down.

'Fancy being where that is now,' she said, peering into the blackness; 'fancy going round and round like a mouse in a pail, clutching at the slimy sides, with the water filling your mouth, and looking up to the little patch of sky above.'

'You had better come in,' said Benson, very quietly. 'You are developing a taste for the morbid and horrible.' ("The Well")”
W.W. Jacobs, Ghost Stories

Frederick Weisel
“There’s an old adage: the sensation of drowning reminds you of everything you ever knew about swimming.”
Frederick Weisel, Teller

James Clavell
“If you're a sailor, best not know how to swim. Swimming only prolongs the inevitable—if the sea wants you and your time has come.”
James Clavell, Tai-Pan

Drowning on the land,
It doesn't end.”
C.G. Visser

“When the rain is on my lips
And I shiver from the cold
Thinking about life
Its ups and downs
And being a melancholic

I take a note
Of the nature's crying its tears
Making the day seem gray
And unexcited
But how much life the rain brings
To what is hidden beneath the surface

So whenever I cry
And the cold of people's words
Or actions
Causing me shiver
I vision myself standing in the rain
Bringing my roots to life

I am not afraid anymore
Of getting soaking wet
I stand my ground!
But please nature
Don't let me drown, make me beautiful!”
Veronika Jensen

“I'm drowning and you're stealing every breath.”
Cher Lloyd

Jarod Kintz
“One time a woman made my heart flood with love, and then fled the scene of the subsequent boating accident. Many people drowned that day, and all of them remember it fondly as they fondle themselves.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

M.F. Moonzajer
“Have you killed a man, drowned a crocodile, hunted a wolf, or raped an abuser? Stop pretending you love someone.”

“The Jinmoti of Bozlen Two kill the hereditary ritual assassins of the new Yearking's immediate family by drowning them in the tears of the Continental Empathaur in its Sadness Season.”
Iain M. Banks. Consider Phlebas

Iain M. Banks
“The Jinmoti of Bozlen Two kill the hereditary ritual assassins of the new Yearking's immediate family by drowning them in the tears of the Continental Empathaur in its Sadness Season.”
Iain M. Banks, Consider Phlebas

Caitlín R. Kiernan
“There's always a siren, singing you to shipwreck. Some of us may be more susceptible than others are, but there's always a siren. It may be with us all our lives, or it may be many years or decades before we find it or it finds us. But when it does find us, if we're lucky we're Odysseus tied up to the ship's mast, hearing the song with perfect clarity, but ferried to safety by a crew whose ears have been plugged with beeswax. If we're not at all lucky, we're another sort of sailor stepping off the deck to drown in the sea.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl

“If you feel like you're drowning, don't forget that it is just a feeling; it will pass with love and care. If you're actually drowning, then how are you reading this?”
Dani N M.

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