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List I – Muhammad Ali – Quotes


  1. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  2. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  3. I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.” — Muhammad Ali
  4. I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” — Muhammad Ali
  5. I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.” — Muhammad Ali
  6. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  7. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  8. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  9. I don’t have to be what you want me to be.” — Muhammad Ali
  10. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  11. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.” — Muhammad Ali
  12. I give thanks to God and to all the people in the U.K. who have supported me over the years.” — Muhammad Ali
  13. I got no quarrel with them Vietcong.” — Muhammad Ali
  14. I had a good time boxing. I enjoyed it – and I may come back.” — Muhammad Ali
  15. I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.” — Muhammad Ali
  16. 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
  17. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  18. 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.” —Muhammad Ali
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!” — Muhammad Ali
  22. I shook up the world, I shook up the world.” — Muhammad Ali
  23. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  24. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  25. I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.” — Muhammad Ali
  26. I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.” — Muhammad Ali
  27. 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.’” — Muhammad Ali
  28. If I said I would knock out Sonny Liston in 1 minute and 49 seconds of the first round, that would hurt the gate.” —Muhammad Ali
  29. If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.” — Muhammad Ali
  30. If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.” — Muhammad Ali
  31. If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you – until you get your revenge.” —Muhammad Ali
  32. I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.” — Muhammad Ali
  33. I’m just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.” — Muhammad Ali
  34. I’m more at home with my log cabins than I am in my house in Cherry Hill.” — Muhammad Ali
  35. I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.” — Muhammad Ali
  36. I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.” — Muhammad Ali
  37. 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.” —Muhammad Ali
  38. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  39. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  40. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” — Muhammad Ali
  41. It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.” — Muhammad Ali
  42. It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.” — Muhammad Ali
  43. It’s in my blood to be around people while I was training.” — Muhammad Ali
  44. It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” — Muhammad Ali
  45. It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.” — Muhammad Ali
  46. It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” — Muhammad Ali
  47. It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” — Muhammad Ali
  48. I’ve been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.” — Muhammad Ali
  49. 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.” — Muhammad Ali
  50. I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing, and the shadow won.” — Muhammad Ali

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