Famous Muhammad Ali Quotes

One of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali has always seemed somewhat larger than life -  bold, out spoken, dynamic, with a punch unlike any other in and out of the boxing ring. Also a great humanitarian and ambassador of peace, this living legend is certainly someone we need to listen to. 

Ali Muhammad Ali quotes:

  • ~ What keeps me going is goals.
  • ~ Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents, people die everyday. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't believe it will happen to you.
  • ~ Wars of nations are fought to change maps, but wars of poverty are fought to map change.
  • ~ To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will truly be rich.
  • ~ The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
  • ~ Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
  • ~ I am so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room went dark.
  • ~ If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
  • ~ If you ever dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize.
  • ~ It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.
  • ~ It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to believe. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
  • ~ No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.
  • ~ Only the 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 over.
  • ~ My toughest fight was with my first wife.
  • ~ A rooster crows only when he sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I am crowing.
  • ~ Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  • ~ Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
  • ~ I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.


  • ~ I know that 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.
  • ~ I never thought of loosing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
  • ~ It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
  • ~ The man who has no imagination has no wings.
  • ~ 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 yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.
  • ~ I won a gold medal representing the USA at the Olympic games in 1960, but when I got home, I still got treated like a nigger. There were restaurants I couldn't get served in. Some people kept calling me 'boy'.
  • ~ 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.


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