Muhammad Ali: Top 20 Quotes Of A Legend


As the world pays tribute to the man Muhammad Ali, we look back at some of his greatest quotes. Beyond being the greatest boxer that ever lived, Ali was a brilliant mind, a simply enthralling character.

Any avid sports follower will attest to the fact that its rare to find brute and brains in one package, but Ali had it all, he had the ability to throw heavy punches in the ring as well as drop philosophical punchlines, some of which will forever be ingrained into the fabric of society. Here are some of his best quotes.

  • 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, and they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
  • I am so fast that last night I turned off the light switch and was in bed before the room was dark.

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  • Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee, your hands can’t hit, what your eyes can’t see.
  • If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.
  • Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beating each other up.
  • I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.

Muhammad Ali

  • It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.
  • It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

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  • Live every day like it’s your last because someday you’re going to be right.
  • A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted thirty years of his life.
  • 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, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
  • Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it, and I didn’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name, and I insist people using it when speaking to me and of me.
  • I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion
  • 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
  • Don’t count the days, make the days count
  • 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.
  • Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth
  • 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’s not bragging if you can back it up.
  • 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.