I knew I was not a failure in any way, and so did those close to me. It doesn’t matter if you fall short; it is never a failure to go after your goals with everything you’ve got.
Other Michael Phelps quotes:
Perseverance, determination, commitment, and courage - those things are real. The desire for redemption drives you.
You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
If I want to achieve the goals I've set, I've got to be in tip-top shape.
Nobody is going to put a limit on what I'm doing.
At a very young age, I wrote down the goals that I had so I could always see what I wanted to accomplish. And I would look at that goal sheet and think 'I still want to do this.' So I'd decide 'I'm not quitting.'
If you say 'can't' you're restricting what you can do or ever will do.
If you want to be the best you have to do things that other people aren't willing to do.
I can only control my own performance. If I do my best, then I can feel good at the end of the day.
It's not how you start, but it's how you finish.
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.