Top Drowning Quotes

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1. "He unknowingly throws me a lifeline with those words. I am not drowning in worry anymore. I am neck deep and it still washes over me in cold waves, but now I can breathe."
Author: Ally Condie
2. "He kissed me desperately, like a drowning man and I was his oxygen."
Author: Amanda Hocking
3. "At eighteen there was one thing I was certain of—the world was at constant war. The reason why—I didn't know, I wasn't allowed to know. I asked too many questions, but all I wanted to know was the truth. The only problem was that the truth was so far gone not even the ones that created the ocean of lies I was drowning in knew its depths."
Author: Cassandra Giovanni
4. "In the vocabulary of certain radical theorists contradictions are given the status of some deadly disease to which their opponents alone can succumb. But contradictions are the very stuff of life. If there had been a little dash of contradiction among the Gadarene swine some of them might have been saved from drowning."
Author: Chinua Achebe
5. "And yet in the end did we ever really give each other completely to the other? Do either of us even know how to really share ourselves? Imagine the house is on fire and I reach to save one thing - what is it? Do you know? Imagine that I am drowning and I reach within myself to save that one memory which is me - what is it? Do you know? What things would either of us reach for? Neither of us know. After all these years we just wouldn't know."
Author: Douglas Coupland
6. "Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle."
Author: Edna Ferber
7. "You idiot!" She spat, flattening her ears. "What are you doing in my territory?""Drowning?" Replied Graystripe."
Author: Erin Hunter
8. "And if only fate would have sent him repentance - burning repentance that would have torn his heart and robbed him of sleep, that repentance, the awful agony of which brings visions of hanging and drowning!"
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
9. "Why do we focus on certain things at the expense of others? We will risk our lives to save a person from drowning, yet not make a donation that could save dozens of children from starvation. We install solar panels when their impact on CO2 emissions is minimal - and indeed may have a net negative effect if manufacturing and installation are taken into account - rather than contributing to more efficient infrastructure projects."
Author: Graeme Simsion
10. "And we clung to each other like we were drowning because, in a way, we were."
Author: Heidi R. Kling
11. "They call it the drowning instinct. It's when drowning doesn't look like drowning. (pg. 241)"
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
12. "Who wants to do good in this world must deny oneself. A man does not live on this Earth to be happy or to be honest only - he has to do great things for humanity, achieve the generosity of the spirit and rise above the banality where most of the people are drowning and wasting their days."
Author: Irving Stone
13. "My mom used to talk about fate all the time, and I think you're it… you're my fate. You were brought to me for a reason, for us to save each other. Because you weren't the only one needing saved, Haven. I was drowning, and you rescued me."
Author: J.M. Darhower
14. "Clothes are of but little loss, if you escape from drowning."
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
15. "My experience as a young actor on network television was that I couldn't make it work. I was drowning as an actor."
Author: James Badge Dale
16. "He tried drowning himself, but he only succeeded in taking a bath. That man was my dad, and I showed him how to tie a tie—and a noose."
Author: Jarod Kintz
17. "Swimming was the last thing I wanted to do. Drowning him? Maybe."
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
18. "I'm just here,existing at the surface of the water,not quite drowning but not quite able to breathe."
Author: Jessica Sorensen
19. "A drowning person doesn't rescue herself."
Author: Julie Schumacher
20. "I don't know what I am thinking. But I am alone. I am trapped in the net of the room. In the net of humans. I think maybe I am drowning in the net of humans."
Author: Karen Hesse
21. "Did God get out of bed one morning and draw back the curtains (Reggie's imaginary God led a very domesticated life) and think, 'A drowning in a hotel swimming pool, I fancy. We haven't had that one in a while."
Author: Kate Atkinson
22. "Flora reached out and grabbed hold of William Spiver's hand, and he held on to her. It was as if he were drowning and she were standing on solid ground. According to TERRIBLE THINGS! drowning people were desperate, out of their minds with fear. In their panic they could pull you, the rescuer, under, if you weren't careful. So Flora held on tightly to William Spiver. And he held on tightly back."
Author: Kate DiCamillo
23. "But, even drowning in Hawk, I didn't lose a hint of me."
Author: Kristen Ashley
24. "I know that look, Blake. You are a drowning woman, and the only way out is down the aisle."
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
25. "What makes you believe, that you are the only person with so much problems and bad luck? If you wear everyone's shoes, you will certainly understand that the whole world is drowning in crisis and even you are not among them."
Author: M.F. Moonzajer
26. "I'm a maker of ballads right prettyI write them right here in the streetYou can buy them all over the cityyours for a penny a sheetI'm a word pecker out of the printersout of the dens of Gin LaneI'll write up a scene on a counter- confessions and sins in the main, boysconfessions and sins in the mainThen you'll find me in Madame Geneva'skeeping the demons at bayThere's nothing like gin for drowning them inbut they'll always be back on a hanging day, on a hanging dayThey come rattling over the cobblesthey sit on their coffins of blackSome are struck dumb, some gabbletop-heavy on brandy or sackThe pews are all full of fine fellowsand the hawker has set up her shopAs they're turning them off at the gallowsshe'll be selling right under the drop, boysselling right under the dropThen you'll find me in Madame Geneva'skeeping the demons at bayThere's nothing like gin for drowning them inbut they'll always be back on a hanging day, on a hanging day"
Author: Mark Knopfler
27. "If you can't imagine it, think clumsy silence. Think bits and pieces of floating despair. And drowning in a train."
Author: Markus Zusak
28. "Well, listen, you know, the Czech saying is, you know, when you are drowning you are grabbing even a little twig. That's what all Czechs were doing, grabbing for... with the hope for this little twig."
Author: Milos Forman
29. "When I opened up the bottle of wine, Thebes said whoa, you yanked that cork out of there like you were saving it from drowning. She got out her markers and drew a screaming face on the cork."
Author: Miriam Toews
30. "Laurence," Granby said at his shoulder, "in the hurry, the ammunition was all laid in its usual place on the left, though we are not carrying the bombs to balance it out; we ought to restow.""Can you have it done before we engage? Oh, good Lord," Laurence said, realizing. "I do not even know the position of the convoy; do you?" Granby shook his head, embarrassed, and Laurence swallowed his pride and shouted, "Berkley, where are we going?"A general explosion of mirth ran among the men on Maximus's back. Berkley called back, "Straight to Hell, ha ha!" More laughter, nearly drowning out the coordinates that he bellowed over."
Author: Naomi Novik
31. "Leaning into the afternoons I cast my sad netstowards your oceanic eyes.There in the highest blaze my solitude lengthens and flames,its arms turning like a drowning man's.I send out red signals across your absent eyesthat smell like the sea or the beach by a lighthouse.You keep only darkness, my distant female,from your regard sometimes the coast of dread emerges.Leaning into the afternoons I fling my sad netsto that sea that is thrashed by your oceanic eyes.The birds of night peck at the first starsthat flash like my soul when I love you.The night gallops on its shadowy mareshedding blue tassels over the land."
Author: Pablo Neruda
32. "Life can sometime be very hard for us and we feel that as if we are drowning in our problems. when we feel this way we only need to look up and see that there is a hand reaching out to save us."
Author: Pastor David Smith
33. "Here is the boy, drowning."
Author: Patrick Ness
34. "Bethany and I often hook up like this. She texts me at the height of her boredom, unable to sleep, and since it's past midnight she's probably drowning her sorrows."
Author: Penelope Fletcher
35. "Cath felt like she was swimming in words. Drowning in them, sometimes."
Author: Rainbow Rowell
36. "SakeThe jewel which brightly shines at nightIs precious, but cannot measure up To the delights of drinking sake,Drowning one's troubles in the cup. Otomo no Tabito"
Author: Reiko Chiba
37. "Promises. I was drowning in promises."
Author: Richelle Mead
38. "Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth."
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
39. "Most inspirational writers were born as driftwood and will say they have been beaten against every shoreline during their life. We understand storms. We understand drowning. We understand being devalued. We understand being stranded alone on a beach. God made us this way so we would know where every lighthouse can be found and tell others how to find them. We were never meant to stand on the beach with you because every rescue we do rescues ourselves. We always go back to the sea because that is where driftwood belongs--forever searching for answers to our endless questions and sharing what we learned...(2012, Writer's Conference)"
Author: Shannon L. Alder
40. "When he sleeps,the snoring does not bother me:the rhythmic growl, gravel shovedacross the sidewalk of his throat.It is the grasping, desperate wayin which he takes in air—his gulping lungsas if every dream is filled with waterand he is trying to inflatethe life jacket under his skin.I babble in my sleep. He believesI am trying to tell him how my heart works,says he will translate the manual one day.I want to ask him: am I the ocean?Are you drowning in everythingI don't say when I'm awake?"—Heart Apnea"
Author: Sierra Demulder
41. "He thinks I suffer from depression. But I'm just quiet. Solitude and depression are like swimming and drowning. In school many years ago, I learned that flowers sometimes unfold inside themselves."
Author: Simon Van Booy
42. "When a codependent is drowning, somebody else's life flashes before his eyes."
Author: Stephen King
43. "Well, I tried drowning, but that didn't work; somehow the urge to life, mere physical life, is damn strong, and I felt that I could swim forever straight out into the sea and sun and never be able to swallow more than a gulp or two of water and swim on. The body is amazingly stubborn when it comes to sacrificing itself to the annihilating directions of the mind."
Author: Sylvia Plath
44. "Reasoning with a drunkard is likeGoing under water with a torch to seek for a drowning man."
Author: Thiruvalluvar
45. "Adrift and unmoored, she had tried again and again to throw him a rope to save him from the raging waters. And now he no longer felt like a drowning man at sea. Nora... the siren and the goddess, the ship and the wine-dark sea. She would either save him or end him."
Author: Tiffany Reisz
46. "I can't swim in a sea of mediocrity and pretend I'm not drowning."
Author: Tracy L. Darity
47. "We are all hurting and missing people. Everyone is scared, so you can't talk about your worries because worries are everywhere. When everyone you know is on the verge of drowning, you don't stop to tell the person next to you that you don't like swimming.You just don't."
Author: Veronica Rossi
48. "A vision had seized hold of me, like the demented fury of a hound that has sunk its teeth into the leg of a deer carcass and is shaking and tugging at the downed game so frantically that the hunter gives up trying to calm him. It was the vision of a large steamship scaling a hill under its own steam, working its way up a steep slope in the jungle, while above this natural landscape, which shatters the weak and the strong with equal ferocity, soars the voice of Caruso, silencing all the pain and all the voices of the primeval forest and drowning out all birdsong. To be more precise: bird cries, for in this setting, left unfinished and abandoned by God in wrath, the birds do not sing; they shriek in pain, and confused trees tangle with one another like battling Titans, from horizon to horizon, in a steaming creation still being formed. Fog-panting and exhausted they stand in this unreal misery - and I, like a stanza in a poem written in an unknown foreign tongue, am shaken to the core."
Author: Werner Herzog
49. "Unsignificantlyoff the coastthere wasa splash quite unnoticedthis was Icarus drowning"
Author: William Carlos Williams
50. "But nobody else understands about the fire. If someone threw you a rope when you were drowning. If a doctor said take this because if you don't take you'll die - you would, wouldn't you?"
Author: William Golding

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