42 Of Muhammad Ali Quotes To Insipre You!

Who Is Muhammad Ali?

If you asked 10 random people to list 3 of the greatest sportsmen to ever live, it is almost guaranteed that the majority of those people who name Muhammad Ali.

This professional boxer, philanthropist, and activist are not only considered to be one of the greatest boxers to ever live, but one of the greatest human beings to ever live.

Many people consider Ali to be highly influential, and when you learn more about his past and his life story, it’s easy to understand why.

Before starting our Muhamad Ali quotes list, let see who is Muhammed Ali, where did he come from, and how did he cement his legacy as being one of the most iconic people to ever live? Let’s find out, shall we?

Early Life

Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jnr.

He was born on January 17th, 1942 in Kentucky.

Louisville Kentucky to be exact.

He had four brothers and a sister and was named after his father.

He had a strict upbringing as his father was a Methodist.

As a youth, fuelled by racial tension after the murder of Emmett Till, Clay Jnr began acting out and took up the petty crime.

He encountered Louisville police officer Joe. E. Martin, who was also a part-time boxing coach.

Martin convinced Clay to channel his anger and frustration through boxing.

He decided to give boxing a shot after watching amateur fighters on the TV, and he began training.

Boxing Career

In 1954 he made his amateur boxing debut.

He won via split decision.

After that, he would go on to win six Golden Gloves titles in Kentucky, as well as two nationally.

He even won gold in the 1960 summer Olympics in Rome.

Shortly afterward Clay turned pro. He debuted successfully in 1960.

In 3 years, he won 19 fights and lost 0. During these fights, Ali would verbally assault his opponents and trash talk them.

In 63, Clay was the top contender for Sonny Liston’s World Title.

The build-up to the fight was amazing. Clay would trash talk Liston, who was a physically imposing boxer with a history of violence, a criminal record, and alleged ties to the mob.

When they fought, Liston rushed Clay, seemingly angry.

Clay was too quick and agile and Liston looked foolish and amateur.

Clay rocked Liston in the 3rd and cut his eye.

This was the first cut Liston had ever sustained.

Clay dominated much of the fight and the bout was stopped at the end of the 6th.

Life After The Liston Fight

After the Liston fight, Clay converted to Islam and changed his name to Cassius X, before again changing it to Muhammad Ali.

Shortly after, a rematch was set in which Ali won by knockout, in less than three minutes.

In 1966, Ali refused to be drafted into the US armed forces to fight in the Vietnam War.

He was stripped of his boxing license and passport and he became an activist, motivational speaker, and actively opposed the war.

In 1970, after a four-year absence, Ali returned to boxing.

He went on to have some iconic bouts against the likes of Henry Cooper, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman.

Sadly, in 1982, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and was forced to retire from the sport he loved.

He passed away on June 3rd, 2016, aged 74.

And now we can start our list of Muhammad Ali Quotes

Muhammad Ali Quotes

  1.        “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.” – Muhammad Ali

  2.       ” 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.” – Muhammad Ali

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

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

  5.        “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

  6.        “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali

  7.        “Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” – Muhammad Ali

  8.        “It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges and believed in myself.” – Muhammad Ali

  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.” – Muhammad Ali

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

  11.    “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room.” – Muhammad Ali

  12.    “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” – Muhammad Ali

  13.    “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 an extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” – Muhammad Ali

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

  15.    “I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.” – Muhammad Alimuhammad ali quotes

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

  17.    “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 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

  18.    “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali

  19.    “There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fight has been a pleasure to win.” – Muhammad Ali

  20.    “Don’t count the days, make the days.” – Muhammad Ali

  21.    “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.” – Muhammad Ali

  22.    “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” – Muhammad Ali

  23.    “To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If not pretend you are.” – Muhammad Alimuhammad ali quotes

  24.    “Silence Is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.” – Muhammad Ali

  25.    “What you are thinking is what you are becoming.” – Muhammad Ali

  26.    “Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.” – Muhammad Ali

  27.    “What keeps me going is goals.” – Muhammad Ali

  28.    “Like every day as if it were you last because someday you’re going to be right.” – Muhammad Ali

  29.    “My toughest fight was my first wife.” – Muhammad Ali

  30.    “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.” – Muhammad Ali

  31.    “Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in place 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.” – Muhammad Ali

  32.    “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” – Muhammad Ali

  33.    “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Muhammad Ali

  34.    “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.” – Muhammad Ali

  35.    “My way of joking is, to tell the truth. That’s the funniest.” – Muhammad Ali

  36.    “Old age is just a record of one’s whole.” – Muhammad Ali

  37.    “No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker.” – Muhammad Ali

  38.    “I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.” – Muhammad Ali

  39.    “Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams, they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do, they all contain truths.” – Muhammad Ali

  40.    “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.” – Muhammad Ali

  41.    “Service to others Is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

  42.   “I knew 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.” – Muhammad Ali

So, what are your favorite Muhammad Ali quotes? Leave a comment.

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