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June 30 Notable Births, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Jun 29, 2022.

Explore memorable and revealing quotes from public figures, past and present, who were born on June 30.

Michael Phelps, swimmer (June 30, 1985–present)

“The pandemic has been one of the scariest times I've been through. I'm thankful that my family and I are safe and healthy. I'm grateful we don't have to worry about paying bills or putting food on the table, like so many other folks right now. But still, I'm struggling.” —Michael Phelps
Drehs, Wayne. “Michael Phelps: ‘This is the most overwhelmed I’ve ever felt.’” ESPN, May 18, 2020, https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/29186389/michael-phelps-most-overwhelmed-ever-felt.

“Before the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, I shared my mental health issues publicly for the first time. It wasn't easy to admit I wasn't perfect. But opening up took a huge weight off my back. It made life easier.” —Michael Phelps
Drehs, Wayne. “Michael Phelps: ‘This is the most overwhelmed I’ve ever felt.’” ESPN, May 18, 2020, https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/29186389/michael-phelps-most-overwhelmed-ever-felt.

Fantasia Barrino, singer (June 30, 1984–present)

“Our family made two gospel albums that were pretty successful, and we were out on the road a lot, so I missed classes. When I realized I was having trouble reading, I was too embarrassed to ask for help. Some teachers believed in me, but I just wasn't focused on school—I was into the music and trying to please my dad.” —Fantasia Barrino
Winfrey, Oprah. “Oprah Talks to Fantasia Barrino.” Oprah.com, September 2007, https://www.oprah.com/omagazine/oprah-talks-to-fantasia-barrino/all.

“When I was a child, I used to dream about being onstage in front of thousands of people, and it happened. It's not about the fame; it's about people being touched.” —Fantasia Barrino
Winfrey, Oprah. “Oprah Talks to Fantasia Barrino.” Oprah.com, September 2007, https://www.oprah.com/omagazine/oprah-talks-to-fantasia-barrino/all.

Mike Tyson, boxer (June 30, 1966–present)

“Any moment anything can happen, we can die any second, and when you’re dying, life becomes more beautiful, everything you see — the tree is more beautiful. Everything looks better, the picture is more beautiful, everything’s more loving, you know?” —Mike Tyson
Sulaiman, Jose M. “Mike Tyson: The SPIN Interview.” SPIN, June 13, 2022, https://www.spin.com/2022/06/mike-tyson-interview/.

“My only struggle is to receive everybody as my teacher. I just have to realize everything I encounter is from a learning perspective and these are my teachers, regardless of what they might be, blind, they might be crippled, they might be homeless, might be superstars, might be beautiful, wherever it is, but I look at it from a learning perspective and they’re all my teachers.” —Mike Tyson
Sulaiman, Jose M. “Mike Tyson: The SPIN Interview.” SPIN, June 13, 2022, https://www.spin.com/2022/06/mike-tyson-interview/.

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