"Something my mom taught me when I was little is that everything happens for a reason."
"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."Shawn Johnson 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."Shawn Johnson on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Shawn Johnson on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Shawn Johnson 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."Shawn Johnson on Pablo Picasso
"We're taught at such a young age that you can always be better and that you're never perfect and that you're never good enough."
"The body is an amazing machine... If you eat the right things your body will perform incredibly well!"
"I pay attention to my diet to be a healthier gymnast, but I'm not obsessive over it."
"I had a constant fear, a constant little doubt in my mind: 'OK, I'm getting ready to do my standing back full on beam and I might re-tear my ACL.'"
"I'm doing four hours of gymnastics training a day, six days a week and then an extra two to three hours in a fitness center as well."