"One of the most difficult things for people who have been successful in sports is adapting to the daily world where you can't get an answer from someone until 5 o'clock tomorrow. There is always an excuse. Living 40 or 50 years like that doesn't get too exciting after a while."
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."Mark Spitz on Michael Jordan
"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."Mark Spitz on Mark Twain
"Golf is a good walk spoiled."Mark Spitz on Mark Twain
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."Mark Spitz on Hunter S. Thompson
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."Mark Spitz on Henry David Thoreau
"By making a comeback, I'm changing the attitude of people toward me. If I'd known that people would react so enthusiastically, I'd have done it years ago."
"The pool is terrible, but that doesn't have much to do with my record swims. That's all mental attitude."
"I just tried to keep my cool and continue with my race plan: to win."
"I am not qualified to talk about the diet. Simply because I am not a dietician."
"In my day, at 12 years old, which was 38 years ago, we worked out in summer months for two and a half hours. Today someone in that age group might work out for four hours, two hours in the morning and two at night."