"And, you know, being able to wear the stars and stripes, when you step up on one of the blocks or, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play, you know, it's one of the greatest feelings in the world because you know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Michael Phelps on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Michael Phelps on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Michael Phelps on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Michael Phelps on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Michael Phelps on Robert Frost
"This is my 20th year in the sport. I've known swimming and that's it. I don't want to swim past age 30 if I continue after this Olympics, and come back in 2016, I'll be 31. I'm looking forward to being able to see the other side of the fence."
"I have reached a place in my life where I need to sit down and say, 'Well, what do I do? What's best for me?' I need to look into options for the future."
"If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do."
"I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming."
"I want to be able to look back and say, 'I've done everything I can, and I was successful.' I don't want to look back and say I should have done this or that. I'd like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along."