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  1. Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down, it's staying down that's wrong.


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

    • motivational

  3. I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' Muhammad Ali on potential


  4. Champions are made of something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.




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


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


  7. There’s nothing wrong with getting knocked down, as long as u get right back up.

    • inspirational

  8. Champions have to have the skill and the will, and the will must be stronger than the skill.

    • champions

  9. I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.

    • motivational

  10. It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.


  11. I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.


  12. A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing.


  13. We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.


  14. Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.


  15. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.


  16. 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.


  17. The man who has no imagination has no wings.


  18. What keeps me going is goals.


  19. I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights.


  20. Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths.


  21. Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.


  22. I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.


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


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


  25. The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.


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


  27. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.


  28. It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.


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


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




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  1. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about freedom

    I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.


  2. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about imagination

    The man who has no imagination has no wings.


  3. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about silence

    Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.


  4. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about belief

    It is the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.


  5. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about people

    Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.


  6. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about motivational

    The only limitations one has are the ones they place on themselves.


  7. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about courage

    Ho who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.


  8. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about people

    The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.


  9. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about motivational

    Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong.


  10. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about motivational

    Don’t count the days, make the days count.


  11. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about motivational

    Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.


  12. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about strength

    It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you down. It's the pebble in your shoe.


  13. Picture quote by Muhammad Ali about being

    I know where I'm going and I know the truth and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I am free to be what I want.


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What are the best people quotes by Muhammad Ali?


    It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.

    • confidence

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

    • color

    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.


    I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.


    I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.


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


    Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.


    There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.


    Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.


    I'm just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.


    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.


    I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.


    The Nation of Islam's main focus was teaching black pride and self-awareness. Why should we keep trying to force ourselves into white restaurants and schools when white people didn't want us? Why not clean up our own neighborhoods and schools instead of trying to move out of them and into white people's neighborhoods?

    • black

    God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.


    I give thanks to God and to all the people in the U.K. who have supported me over the years.

    • god

    People don't realize what they had till it's gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.


    Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don't belong anymore to anyone, that I'm not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.


    It's in my blood to be around people while I was training.

    • people

    Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.


    White people just don't want their slaves to be free. That's the whole thing.

    • people

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What are the best world quotes by Muhammad Ali?


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

    • fifty

    When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.

    • peace

    I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.

    • world

    I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.


    My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.


    The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.


    The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world - Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon - there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.


    I'm the greatest thing that ever lived! I'm the king of the world! I'm a bad man. I'm the prettiest thing that ever lived.


    I shook up the world, I shook up the world.

    • world

    I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.

    • face

    The white man is destroying the world.

    • world

    I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.

    • black

    You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned? Wait till I whup George Foreman's behind.


    America is the greatest country in the world.

    • world

    I've been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.

    • world

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What are the best life quotes by Muhammad Ali?


    I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' Muhammad Ali on potential

    • inspirational

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

    • risk

    We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.

    • faith

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

    • fifty

    Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.


    Old age is just a record of one's whole life.

    • age

    The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

    • life

    Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.

    • accidents

    If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you - until you get your revenge.

    • life

    I didn't want to submit to the army and then, on the day of judgment, have God say to me, 'Why did you do that?' This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.

    • life

    Life is so, so short. Bible says it's like a vapor.

    • life

    I've made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven't lived in vain.

    • life

    My lectures, based on Islamic teachings, were on various subjects. Some of the titles were, 'The Intoxication of Life,' 'The Purpose of Life,' 'The Real Cause of Man's Distress,' 'The Journey to the Goal in Life,' and, one of my favorites, 'The Heart of Man.' They contained important insights that spoke to something deep inside me.

    • life

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What are the best fight quotes by Muhammad Ali?


    Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down, it's staying down that's wrong.

    • motivational

    The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

    • behind

    My toughest fight was with my first wife.


    There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.

    • fight

    Allah's the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.


    If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you - until you get your revenge.

    • life

    Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can't talk. The man can't fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he's gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.

    • fight

    My trainer don't tell me nothing between rounds. I don't allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It's too late for advice.

    • fight

    Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.

    • loved

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What are the best black quotes by Muhammad Ali?


    I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.

    • black

    Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.

    • beat

    I would say things like 'I am the greatest! I'm pretty! If you talk jive, you'll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I'm pretty!' When white people heard me talking like this, some said, 'That black man talks too much. He's bragging.'

    • black

    The Nation of Islam's main focus was teaching black pride and self-awareness. Why should we keep trying to force ourselves into white restaurants and schools when white people didn't want us? Why not clean up our own neighborhoods and schools instead of trying to move out of them and into white people's neighborhoods?

    • black

    I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.

    • black

    All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them.

    • black

    No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters.


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I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.

  • peace

Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.


To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.


I am the greatest. Not only do I knock em out, I pick the round!




If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.


When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.

  • peace

My toughest fight was with my first wife.

  • fight

Superman don't need no seat belt.


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.

  • far

I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.

  • world

My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.

  • funniest

Don't count the days, make the days count.


I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.

  • astronaut

No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.


Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.

  • bureau

I figure I'll be champ for about ten years and then I'll let my brother take over - like the Kennedys down in Washington.


I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.

  • black

Old age is just a record of one's whole life.

  • age

There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.

  • fight

Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.

  • beat

I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.


Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.


I've made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven't lived in vain.

  • life

Life is so, so short. Bible says it's like a vapor.

  • life

People don't realize what they had till it's gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.

  • people

The white man is destroying the world.

  • world

I didn't want to submit to the army and then, on the day of judgment, have God say to me, 'Why did you do that?' This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.

  • life

My lectures, based on Islamic teachings, were on various subjects. Some of the titles were, 'The Intoxication of Life,' 'The Purpose of Life,' 'The Real Cause of Man's Distress,' 'The Journey to the Goal in Life,' and, one of my favorites, 'The Heart of Man.' They contained important insights that spoke to something deep inside me.

  • life

I'm the greatest thing that ever lived! I'm the king of the world! I'm a bad man. I'm the prettiest thing that ever lived.

  • king

America is the greatest country in the world.

  • world

No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson's. There's no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing.


You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned? Wait till I whup George Foreman's behind.

  • think

If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you - until you get your revenge.

  • life

Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don't belong anymore to anyone, that I'm not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.

  • beautiful

Joe Frazier got hit more than me - and he doesn't have Parkinson's.


The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.

  • god

I shook up the world, I shook up the world.

  • world

All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.


Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I


When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.


Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.

  • accidents

The word 'Islam' means 'peace.' The word 'Muslim' means 'one who surrenders to God.' But the press makes us seem like haters.

  • god

We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don't want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don't want to live with the white man; that's all.


Me, we. (Supposedly the shortest quote in the English language delivered at a Harvard graduation.)


Allah's the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.

  • work

Ali's got a left, Ali's got a right - when he knocks you down, you'll sleep for the night; and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.


My trainer don't tell me nothing between rounds. I don't allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It's too late for advice.

  • fight

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.


I used to tease Joe Louis by reminding him that I was the greatest of all time. But Joe Louis was the greatest heavyweight fighter ever.


I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.

  • black

I would say things like 'I am the greatest! I'm pretty! If you talk jive, you'll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I'm pretty!' When white people heard me talking like this, some said, 'That black man talks too much. He's bragging.'

  • black

The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world - Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon - there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.

  • pakistan

Don't feel sorry for me.


I said I was 'The Greatest,' I never said I was the smartest!


My principles are more important than the money or my title.


Where do you think I'd be next week if I didn't know how to shout and holler and make the public take notice? I'd be poor and I'd probably be down in my home town, washing windows or running an elevator and saying


Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.


I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.

  • face

I should be a postage stamp, because that's the only way I'll ever get licked. I'm beautiful. I'm fast. I'm so mean I make medicine sick. I can't possibly be beat.

  • beautiful

Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.

  • islam

I'm just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.

  • peace

If I said I would knock out Sonny Liston in 1 minute and 49 seconds of the first round, that would hurt the gate.


I got no quarrel with them Vietcong.


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.

  • home

It's in my blood to be around people while I was training.

  • people

I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing, and the shadow won.


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

  • sports

God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.

  • god

Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.

  • loved

It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.


I never thought of losing, but now that it' s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.


I had a good time boxing. I enjoyed it - and I may come back.

  • time

The fact is, I was never too bright in school. I ain't ashamed of it, though. I mean, how much do school principals make a month?


The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

  • life

Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome.


I've been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.

  • world

I give thanks to God and to all the people in the U.K. who have supported me over the years.

  • god

Never put your money against Cassius Clay, for you will never have a lucky day.

  • money

I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I'll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I'm gonna tell ya, that's one helluva man, and God bless him.

  • god

All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them.

  • black

White people just don't want their slaves to be free. That's the whole thing.

  • people

I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.

  • woman

To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the U.S.A. won the medal of gold. The Greeks said, 'You're better than the Cassius of old.'


I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick.


I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.


Go up in an airplane. Go high enough, and it's like we don't even exist.


The Nation of Islam's main focus was teaching black pride and self-awareness. Why should we keep trying to force ourselves into white restaurants and schools when white people didn't want us? Why not clean up our own neighborhoods and schools instead of trying to move out of them and into white people's neighborhoods?

  • black

There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.

  • beat

You can't keep your mind on fighting when you're thinking about a woman. You can't keep your concentration. You feel like sleeping all the time.

  • woman

I calculate that I took 20,000 punches, but I earned millions and kept a lot of it. I may talk slow, but my mind is OK.


I'm no leader; I'm a little humble follower.


No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters.

  • woman

My only fault is that I don't realize how great I really am.


Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can't talk. The man can't fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he's gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.

  • fight

I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.


I'm more at home with my log cabins than I am in my house in Cherry Hill.

  • home

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