"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."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."Michael Phelps on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."Michael Phelps on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."Michael Phelps on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."Michael Phelps on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."Michael Phelps on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"It's cool just because I've had this dream of changing the sport of swimming and it's finally happening."