Michael Phelps quotes take a deep look into the world of swimming and his life during and after he retired. Michael Phelps is recognized as the most decorated Olympic athlete ever winning the most gold medals by any Olympian. During that time Usain Bolt was setting records out of the water and the two were the most mentioned athletes at that time. His quotes touch on training and many other aspects of the sport.
Michael Phelps II is an American former competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. He was also one of many who paid tribute to Kobe Bryant after his death. He holds the record for most gold medals for individual events. Below are a number of his quotes.
“I won't predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.”
“If I didn't swim my best, I'd think about it at school, at dinner, with my friends. It would drive me crazy."
“You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get."
“If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do.”
“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 always thought, it would be neat to make the Olympic team."
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time."
“Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming - being compared to him and Mark Spitz."
“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."
“There is a one woman in China that claimed she paid $50 to get my e-mail address. It was pretty shocking. I got one this morning from Scotland. A girl's requesting a signed photo of me."
“Every day after I wake up, I think, 'Wait... this can't be real; I'm still going to wake up.'"
“I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming.”
“I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There's no better time to try this than now."
“I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything."
“My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, 'I'm an Olympic gold medalist.'"
“I'm the same kind of guy before all this happened."
“Swimming is normal for me. I'm relaxed. I'm comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It's my home."
“Once I'm already in my room, I still have to open a door to get into my bed. It's like a giant box. It's like the boy in a bubble."
“I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it."
"I think sometimes I guess you see records, say you want to get there and use that as motivation. In a way, it's kind of cool if there is a possibility to rewrite history and be up there with the greats of Olympic history."
“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 believe in God; I'm not saying I'm highly religious."
“I try to separate my personal life from swimming."
"I live a pretty conservative life, so I probably really haven't done anything crazy."
“It's cool just because I've had this dream of changing the sport of swimming and it's finally happening."
“I used to always go to church on holidays, but I don't go much any more."
“I think the biggest things I am looking forward to is getting new faces into the sport. Getting kids who could be afraid of water to feel comfortable in the pool."
“Yeah, my friends call me Mike, Michael or just my last name."
"My mom put me and my sisters in the water to feel comfortable, to have water safety."
“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’"
“The more you dream the more you achieve."
“I can't remember the last day I didn't train."
“If I bring back only one gold people are going to say it's a disappointment. But not too many of them own an Olympic gold medal so if I get one I'm going to be happy."
“I learned how fast you can go from being an international hero to being a reference in a joke on a late night talk show."
“I'm so sick of the water."
“I want to go to the World Cup. I want to go to the Masters. I want to go... anywhere."
“People say to me, 'You're so lucky. You get to see the world.' But I don't. I go to the hotel and to the pools and back again. That's it."
“So, you know, if, if I wanted to get up and just play golf one day, I would just get up and play golf. If I wanted to go to Vegas, I would just get up and go to Vegas."
“I am 26 and, and I don't recover as fast as I have in the past."
“Once I retire, I'm retiring. I'm done."
“Why is it such a big deal what I'm swimming?"
“I've been able to get an excitement back in the water."
“I know it won't be eight medals again. If you want to compare me to that, that's your decision, not mine. I'm going out there to try to accomplish the things that I have in my mind and in my heart."
Michael Phelps quotes are inspiring and motivating. He has proven himself as one of the best athletes the world has ever known and said Michael Jordan was his idol. I hope his quotes prove essential to all who seek success and are willing to work for it.