"My mom put me and my sisters in the water to feel comfortable, to have water safety."
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."Michael Phelps on George Washington
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children."Michael Phelps on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Michael Phelps on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Michael Phelps on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."Michael Phelps on Pablo Picasso
"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."