"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."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Shawn Johnson on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Shawn Johnson on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Shawn Johnson on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Shawn Johnson on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Shawn Johnson on Robert Frost
"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."
"It sounds funny, but the 2008 Olympics were something that just kind of happened, and I was lucky they came at a point when I was uninjured and well prepared. As a gymnast, you can't ask for much more."