"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."
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."Michael Phelps on Confucius
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."Michael Phelps on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Michael Phelps on Thomas A. Edison
"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."Michael Phelps on Robert Frost
"Nothing will work unless you do."Michael Phelps on Maya Angelou
"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."