71 Amazing Michael Phelps Quotes that will inspire you to succeed 

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Have you ever followed someone’s quotes? If not, do it once, you will feel great. Here in this article, I am presenting some of the amazing Michael Phelps quotes that might help you at present and in the future.

Michael Phelps is a former competitive swimmer of America and one of the most decorated Olympians gaining 28 medals. He has also owned 23 Olympic gold medals in individual events and 13 Olympic medals in individual events. I hope his quotes may motivate you to succeed.

Michael Phelps quotes on interest and dedication
Michael Phelps quotes on interest and dedication.

“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 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.”

“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 I didn’t swim my best, I’d think about it at school, at dinner, with my friends. It would drive me crazy.”

“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.”

“I always thought, it would be neat to make the Olympic team.”

“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 test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming.”

“Every day after I wake up, I think, ‘Wait… this can’t be real; I’m still going to wake up.’”

“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’m the same kind of guy before all this happened.”

“I won’t predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.”

“My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, ‘I’m an Olympic gold medalist.’”

“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.”


“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.”

“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.”

“There were times I wouldn’t come to practice, because it didn’t excite me. It wasn’t interesting. I was kind of going through the motions.”

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”

“I live a pretty conservative life, so I probably really haven’t done anything crazy.”

“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 used to always go to church on holidays, but I don’t go much any more.”

Michael Phelps quotes on high dream
Michael Phelps quotes on high dream.

“I believe in God; I’m not saying I’m highly religious.”

“I try to separate my personal life from swimming.”

“It’s cool just because I’ve had this dream of changing the sport of swimming and it’s finally happening.”

“Yeah, my friends call me Mike, Michael or just my last name.”

“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.”

“The more you dream the more you achieve.”

“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.”

“My mom put me and my sisters in the water to feel comfortable, to have water safety.”

“I can’t remember the last day I didn’t train.”

“I feel most at home in the water. I disappear. That’s where I belong.”

“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 want to go to the World Cup. I want to go to the Masters. I want to go… anywhere.”

“Even in high school, I’d tell my mom I was sick of swimming and wanted to try to play golf. She wasn’t too happy. She’d say, ‘Think about this.’ And I’d always end up getting back in the pool.”

“I’m so sick of the water.”

“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.”

“I got the stamina. I can close.”

“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.”

“Once I retire, I’m retiring. I’m done.”

“I’ve been able to get an excitement back in the water.”

“Why is it such a big deal what I’m swimming?”

“I like to just think of myself as a normal person who just has a passion, has a goal and a dream and goes out and does it. And that’s really how I’ve always lived my life.”


“I consider myself normal. I’ve spent 20 years in the pool. I consider that something that’s normal.”

“Growing up in high school, I wasn’t hanging out with friends every day or on the weekends. Doing normal high school kid things was something I was willing to give up.”

“I think to be – for me to be an American is – you know, it’s one of the greatest things in the world for – you know, for me just because I’ve been able to grow up with everything. The freedom. You know, in my eyes this is the greatest country in the world.”

“It doesn’t matter what else is going on. When you walk into your arena or your – whatever you excel at, you’re there to take care of the job that you have to do.”

“And, you know, being able to wear the stars and stripes, when you step up on one of the blocks or, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play, you know, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world because you know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you.”

“Any Olympic sport is great to watch.”

“I listen to music before my competitions to get me pumped up. It helps me stay focused.”

“I usually try to eat lot of calories. With so many events, it is important to sustain a high level of energy through the entire meet. I usually eat two hours before a meet.”

“Every sponsor I’ve had has been something that fit my lifestyle, fit my personality.”

“I can only control my own performance. If I do my best, then I can feel good at the end of the day.”

“I’m a Dunkin’ Donuts kind of guy. I also like Cadbury’s.”

“I got a Cadillac Escalade. Put some rims on it, threw a couple TV’s in there, and installed a system. I stuck my Xbox in there. I had to go for it.”

“I’m a Dunkin’ Donuts kind of guy. I also like Cadbury’s.”

“I eat pretty much whatever I want. I don’t have a strict diet. It’s all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can.”

“I want to retire how I want to retire – and I have a great opportunity to do that.”

“I still remember the days, not wanting to see anybody, not wanting to talk to anybody, really not wanting to live. I was on an express elevator to the bottom floor, wherever that might be.”

“I haven’t swam in any of the rivers outside of Baltimore. I try to keep it in the pool.”

“I think everybody pees in the pool. It’s kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers.”

“For the millionth time, I’m retired. I keep saying it, and people keep answering, ‘Well, maybe he doesn’t mean it this time.’ But I do.”


“I have a lot of goals, but I think that I just want to take it day by day.”

“For so long, I looked at myself as literally a kid who was talented who would go up and down the pool. That’s it. Nothing else. Very few people knew who I really was.”

“I want to continue the sport of swimming. I’m not going to give up until I think it’s reached where I want it to go.”

“I’ll be working with kids for the rest of my life.”

“There are too many kids who are drowning for lack of water safety. That’s something I’d like to do. Teaching kids to live an active lifestyle.”

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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