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Muhammad Ali Quotes

"Champions are made from something they have deep inside them,
a desire, a dream, a vision.

They have to have last-minute stamina,
they have to be a little faster,
they have to have the skill and the will.

But the will must be stronger than the skill."

Muhammad Ali

100 Muhammad Ali Quotes on Boxing & Life.

“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.”

1) Muhammad Ali Quote on Friendship.

“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.”

2) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

3) Muhammad Ali Quote on Inspiration.

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

4) Muhammad Ali Quote on Inspiration.

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

5) Muhammad Ali Quote on Racism.

“Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

6) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

7) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

8) Muhammad Ali Quote.

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see.”

9) Muhammad Ali Quote.


“The man with no imagination has no wings.”

10) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Ambition.

“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.”

11) Muhammad Ali Quote.

“I'm a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I'm no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won't hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.”

12) Muhammad Ali Quote; On Revenge.

“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”

13) Muhammad Ali Quote.

“What you're thinking is what you're becoming.”

14) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

15) Muhammad Ali Quote on Life.

“You lose nothing when fighting for a cause ... In my mind the losers are those who don't have a cause they care about.”

16) Muhammad Ali Quote on Inspiration.

“The Service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

17) Muhammad Ali Quote.

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”

18) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

19) Muhammad Ali Quote.


“It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am.”

20) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

21) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

22) Muhammad Ali Quote.

“Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.”

23) Muhammad Ali Quote.

“Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.”

24) Muhammad Ali Quote.

“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are”

25) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

26) Muhammad Ali Quote.

“I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not your's, my goals, my own; get used to me.”

27) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

28) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

29)Muhammad Ali Quote.


'I shook up the world! I shook up the world!'

30) Muhammad Ali Quote, after defeating Sonny Liston.

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

31) Muhammad Ali Quote on Inspiration.

“If your mind can conceive it; and your heart can believe it - then you can achieve it"

32) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"One of these days, they're liable to make the house I grew up in a national shrine."

33) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

34) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"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."

35) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

36) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"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."

37) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"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."

38) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

39)Muhammad Ali Quote.


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

40) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"My toughest fight was with my first wife."

41) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

42) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

43) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

44) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

45) Muhammad Ali Quote on fighting Joe Frazier.

"There's not a man alive who can whup me. I'm too fast. I'm too smart. I'm too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked."

46) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"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."

47) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"There are two things that are hard to hit and see. That's a spooky ghost and Muhammad Ali."

48) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick."

49) Muhammad Ali Quote.


"I'm the best. I just haven't played yet."

50) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Golf.

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

51) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Joe Frazier.

"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."

52) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Joe Frazier.

"I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing. And the shadow won."

53) Muhammad Ali Quote; on George Foreman.

"Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't!"

54) Muhammad Ali Quote; on George Foreman.

"It's a divine fight. This Foreman - he represents Christianity, America, the flag. I can't let him win. He represents pork chops."

55) Muhammad Ali Quote; on George Foreman.

"That all you got George?' (Ali during the Rumble in the Jungle)"

56) Muhammad Ali Quote; on George Foreman.

"Hey Floyd - I seen you! Someday I'm gonna whup you! Don't you forget, I am the greatest!"

57) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Floyd Patterson.

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

58) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Floyd Patterson.

"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."

59) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Sonny Liston.


"I said I was the Greatest, not the Smartest."

60) Muhammad Ali Quote; on failing the US Army's IQ test.

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

61) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Life.

"Get up sucker and fight. Get up and fight." (Ali to Liston during their second fight)

62) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"You're always talking about, Muhammad, you're not the same man you were 10 years ago. Well, I asked your wife, and she told me you're not the same man you was two years ago!"

63) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Howard Cossell.

"Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife."

64) Muhammad Ali Quote, on Joe Frazier.

"Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn't choose it and I don't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name - it means beloved of God - and I insist people use it when people speak to me and of me."

65) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"What's my name, fool? What's my name?" (Ali to Ernie Terrell who refused to call him Muhammad Ali)

66) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"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."

67) Muhammad AliQuote; on Life.

"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 while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs?"

68) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Life.

"I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a 'nigger'."

69) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Life.


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

70) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Life.

"After the fight I'm gonna build myself a pretty home and use him as a bearskin rug. Liston even smells like a bear. I'm gonna give him to the local zoo after I whup him”

71) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Sonny Liston.

"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."

72) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Life.

"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."

73) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Life.

"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."

74) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Life.

"Why, chump, I bet you scare yourself to death just starin' in the mirror. You ugly bear! You ain't never fought nobody but tramps and has beens. You call yourself a world champion? You're too old and slow to be champion!"

75) Cassius Clay Quote; before the Sonny Liston fight.

"I only read the Holy Koran, the Bible & the sports pages."

76) Ali, on the witness stand, explaining why he had never read the prospectus of a company which used his name.

"Why are they picking on boxing? It's because the black men are so superior in boxing that they want to stop it. Well, the black man's so hungry he's got to fight."

77) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"Hittin' hard don't mean nothing if you don't find nothin' to hit."

78) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"Mr president, I've been a citizen of the United States of America for thirty three years and was never invited to the White House. It sure gives me pleasure to be invited to the Black House."

79) Muhammad Ali on thanking President Mobotu of Zaire for a reception in his honour at the palace.


"When my title was taken away boxing died."

80) Muhammad Ali Quote; BBC interview with Michael Parkinson., 1971

"You're an Uncle Tom nigger and you're gonna get your ass whipped."

81) Muhammad Ali Quote; to Ernie Terrell, before Ali gave the most vicious display of his long career.

" Joe and I, we've paid all the dues we're ever going to pay each other."

82) Muhammad Ali Quote; after the third fight with Frazier.

"The fight was the closest thing to death. Frazier hit me with body punches that made me want to quit."

83) Muhammad Ali Quote; on the Thriller in Manila.

"The show was bad, but I was great."

84) On his appearance on Broadway, in a short-lived musical called Big Time Buck White.

"People say I talk slow today. That's no surprise. I calculate I've taken 29,000 punches, but I've earned $7m and I saved half of that. I may talk slow, but my mind is okay."

85) Muhammad Ali Quote; before being hospitalized and treated for Parkinson's Syndrome.

" I can't believe some of the things I did.Can't believe it. Sayin' I was the greatest and the beautifulist and I was gonna whup this guy and that guy, sayin' I'm pretty, I can't be beat."

86) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"I got it made the rest of my life, financially and in every other way. There's nobody in the world like me. I'm getting out just in time. If I was twenty seven, I could still kick ass. I don't have to beat Holmes. Why? I raised him, he worked three years as a sparring partner for me."

87) Muhammad Ali Quote; in 1979…a year before he fought Holmes.

"Joe has always been a little slow in making out whether or not I'am serious or puttin on. He's not sure whether he's in on the joke or the joke is on him."

88) Muhammad Ali Quote; on Frazier.

"Being Ali's doctor is somewhat like being gynacologist to the Queen of England. One does not have to do much to receive good press."



"What keeps me going is goals."

90) Muhammad Ali Quote.

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

91) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"It's the repitition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen."

92) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"People don't realize what they had till it's gone. Like President Kennedy - nobody liked him. Like The Beatles, there will never be anything like them. Like my man, Elvis Presley, I was the Elvis of Boxing."

93) Muhammad Ali Quote.

Get the guns ready - we're gonna set traps.

94) Muhammad Ali Quote; in the dressing room, immediately after losing to Frazier in the FOTC.

"If America was in a just war I'd volunteer for the front line. I'd do the shuffling and win the war."

95) Muhammad Ali Quote; on the Vietnam War.

"The word had spread and people were piling around us. But then very suddenly, Sonny Liston froze me with that look of his. He said real quiet, ‘Let’s go on over here.' And he led the way to a table and the people hung back. I ain’t going to lie. This was the only time since I have known Sonny Liston that he really scared me."

96) Ali/Clay, Before the 1st Sonny Liston fight.

"I saw that streak in him when he told me, ‘Get the hell out of here or I’ll wipe you out'., I got the hell out of there, Liston really scared me."

97) Ali/Clay, Before the 1st Sonny Liston fight.

"I just felt the power and the meanness of the man I was messing with"

98) Ali/Clay, Before the 1st Sonny Liston fight.

"I have the world heavyweight title not because it was 'given' to me, not because of my race or religion, but because I won it in the ring through my own boxing ability"

99) Muhammad Ali Quote.

"If I pass him on the desert and he's thirsting, I drive right by."

100) The unforgiving Joe Frazier, with the last word.

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