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" It's tough to be a 15- or 16-year-old athlete competing around the country. There's tension, there's media. I had no idea what I was getting into. "
" My mom was such a strong character. I don't want to say she was like a man, but she was tough. "
" I joined the swim team when I was 12, and I was the worst kid in the pool - I was put with a group of 7-year-olds. "
" But, listen, Eddie Merkyx would have won six Tours if he hadn't been punched. "
" I've committed to surfing the rest of my life. "
" I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. "
" Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. "
" I may be in timeout forever. But I hope not to be. "
" Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. "
" If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell. "
" There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say: 'Enough is enough.' "
" It's funny, because I have periods where I just kind of go dark. I don't tweet, I don't talk, I don't interview, and then I have times where I do. "
" If we don't somehow stem the tide of childhood obesity, we're going to have a huge problem. "
" Nobody needs to cry for me. I'm going to be great. "
" Marathons are hard because of the physical pain, the pounding on the muscles, joints, tendons. "
" If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on. "
" Winning is about heart, not just legs. It's got to be in the right place. "
" Two things scare me. The first is getting hurt. But that's not nearly as scary as the second, which is losing. "
" I exercise everyday. I swim, I bike, I run and I go to the gym. "
" Obviously, I come from one background, and the people that design fitness equipment have been doing it for years and years, and they know what works and doesn't work. "
" It can't be any simpler: the farewell is going to be on the Champs-Elysees. "
" I still don't get golf. "
" It's nice to win. I'll never win again. I may have to take up golf - take on Tiger. "
" Cycling is a sport of the open road and spectators are lining that road. "
" A boo is a lot louder than a cheer. If you have 10 people cheering and one person booing, all you hear is the booing. "
" The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy. "
" I'm on JetBlue and United. So I spend a lot of time on airplanes with other people and in terminals or just traveling around and going to restaurants or whatever. The interaction I get on a daily basis is always positive. I've never had a negative interaction. "
" I figure the faster I pedal, the faster I can retire. "
" If I can't face my accusers, that's a joke. We did that in medieval times. "
" For whatever reason, maybe it's because of my story, but people associate Livestrong with exercise and physical fitness, health and lifestyle choices like that. "
" Extraordinary allegations require extraordinary evidence. "