"I think sometimes I guess you see records, say you want to get there and use that as motivation. In a way, it's kind of cool if there is a possibility to rewrite history and be up there with the greats of Olympic history."
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."Michael Phelps on Thomas Jefferson
"Rather be dead than cool."Michael Phelps on Kurt Cobain
"All women do have a different sense of sexuality, or sense of fun, or sense of like what's sexy or cool or tough."Michael Phelps on Angelina Jolie
"Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."Michael Phelps on Walt Whitman
"It's really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof."Michael Phelps on Bill Gates
"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."