"Swimming is normal for me. I'm relaxed. I'm comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It's my home."
"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."Michael Phelps on John F. Kennedy
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."Michael Phelps on Mahatma Gandhi
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."Michael Phelps on Jim Rohn
"Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning."Michael Phelps on Thomas Jefferson
"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast."Michael Phelps on Thomas Jefferson
"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."