"We only have two things that we share in this life; we are born and we die. And what we do in between those times, we've got to be happy. I don't let the outside world deter me. "
"I can remember crawling through the window where he was in the hospital... He said, 'You have a gift... keep training for me.' I s'pose those were the last words he ever spoke to me."
"I don't linger on the fact that Dawn Fraser was a great swimmer 40 years ago. That was in the past. I did break 41 world records, but I don't live on that today. "
"If you're good at it, you can win. "
"Make yourself an example, achieve it, but don't hurt anyone on the way up. I don't think I did that. "
"I've always believed that the desire must come from within, not as a result of being driven by coaches or parents. "
"The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself. "
"I've worked hard all my life. "
"It's a beautiful thing, diving into the cool crisp water and then just sort of being able to pull your body through the water and the water opening up for you. "