"If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Michael Phelps on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Michael Phelps on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Michael Phelps on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Michael Phelps on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Michael Phelps on Dalai Lama
"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."
"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."
"It's cool just because I've had this dream of changing the sport of swimming and it's finally happening."