Wise Words – Muhammad Ali Quotes

by roshi on December 16, 2007

in Inspirational, Quotes


“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.”

Muhammad Ali is a retired American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered to be one of the best heavyweight boxing champions ever. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. As a professional, he became the first person to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times. In 1999, Ali was crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.

Ali changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964. Ali was well known for his fighting style, which he described as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. He was involved in several historic boxing matches, including three with rival Joe Frazier and one with George Foreman, whom he beat by knockout to win the world heavyweight title for the second time. He has only 5 losses (4 decisions and 1 TKO by retirement from the bout) and 0 draws in his career, while amassing 56 Wins (37 knockouts and 19 decisions).

Let’s read some of the best 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.
  • 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.
  • Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  • 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.
  • 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 believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
  • 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 figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 run on the road, long before I dance under the lights.
  • I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
  • I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round.
  • 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.
  • I’m the best. I just haven’t played yet.
  • If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
  • It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
  • 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.
  • It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
  • It’s not bragging if you can back it up.
  • It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
  • 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.
  • Love is a net that catches hearts like a fish.
  • My toughest fight was with my first wife.
  • My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.
  • No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room.
  • Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.
  • 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.
  • Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
  • Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
  • Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
  • Superman don’t need no seat belt.
  • The man who has no imagination has no wings.
  • There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
  • There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
  • 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.
  • Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
  • We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.
  • What keeps me going is goals.
  • When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.

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