"I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything."
"Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present."Michael Phelps on Roger Babson
"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."Michael Phelps on Abraham Lincoln
"Lost time is never found again."Michael Phelps on Benjamin Franklin
"Patience and time do more than strength or passion."Michael Phelps on Jean de La Fontaine
"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."Michael Phelps on C. S. Lewis
"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."