Muhammad Ali Quotes

Who was Muhammad Ali?

Cassius Clay is arguably the greatest boxer ever. The Champ was known as Muhammad Ali.

Born January 17, 1942
Died June 3, 2016
Aged 74 years old

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Best 27 Quotes by Muhammad Ali

“A man who has no imagination has no wings.”

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

“At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”

“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't.”

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.”

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“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.”

“I don't count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they're the only ones that count.”

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

“I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked.”

“I'm so mean, I make medicine sick.”

“I'm the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren't no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn't know about them.”

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“I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.”

“I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.”

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“All I care about is providing and living every day. I don't care about world titles, being a legend, or being a hero.”

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“If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.”

“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”

“If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.”

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

“It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”

“It's not bragging if you can back it up.”

“Live every day as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right.”

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

“You’re goddamn right I’d fight him. But he’s got to promise to f*ck first. If he ain’t going to f*ck, I ain’t going to fight. You give up all your energy when you come. I mean, you give up all of it! So, if you’re going to f*ck before a gig, how are you going to give something when it’s time to hit?”

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“Years ago when I started doing TV and making appearances in big arenas, the place would put security guys up there and I said, "Please don't do that. It's very distracting to see ten cops in front of the stage. Everybody's looking at the officers instead of me. I don't want that." I also found that people will dare to break a barricade. If they have a barricade, somebody will always try to jump over it. I've found that the more open I am, the better.”

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