"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values."
"It took a lot of guts to change it and say 'I don't like the life that I'm living and I don't like the swimmer I am', so let's change it completely and say 'Look, I've got to learn to love myself'. And that's been a really hard thing to do because when you've done a performance that you're not proud of and the public and the media have criticized you.....people are really quick to make judgements so it was tough to say 'Well I don't care what you have to say. I'm going to do this for myself and if you don't like me after this, well then, it's too bad'."
"It's not so important who gets to start the game, but who finishes it."
"There is water in every lane, so it is OK."
~Ian Thorpe (on being in Lane 5 for a final)