Muhammad Ali was one of the most famous athletes of all time. He was a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion and an Olympic gold medalist. Ali was also known for his social activism. He was a champion of civil rights and an opponent of racism. In this blog post, I will be sharing 130 of his most famous quotes.

“I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.” ― Muhammad Ali

“Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome.” ― Muhammad Ali

“People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.” ― Muhammad Ali

 “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

 “I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”― Muhammad Ali

“No heavyweight in history fought and defeated a more impressive roster.”― Muhammad Ali

“He destroyed a generation of fighters by boxing with his hands down. Everyone who did that got creamed but Ali was so quick he could get away with it.” ― Muhammad Ali

 “Boxing had robbed him of middle age. He was an old man at 41.”― Muhammad Ali

“I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.” ― Muhammad Ali

“I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace. ”― Muhammad Ali

“Recognize how every moment of our journey is an important part of the growth of our soul.” ― Muhammad Ali

“I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return.”― Muhammad Ali

 “Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.” ― Muhammad Ali

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”― Muhammad Ali

“I run on the road long before I dance under the lights.”― Muhammad Ali

“Christians are my brothers, Hindus are my brothers, all of them are my brothers. We just think different and believe different.” ― Muhammad Ali

 “Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.”― Muhammad Ali

 “Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”― Muhammad Ali

 “When we devote all of our actions to a spiritual goal, everything that we do becomes a prayer.”― Muhammad Ali

“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.”― Muhammad Ali

“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

“I don’t trust anyone who’s nice to me but rude to the waiter. Because they would treat me the same way if I were in that position.”― Muhammad Ali

 “The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road; long before I dance under those lights.”― Muhammad Ali

“When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.”― Muhammad Ali

“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

“All I can do is fight for truth and justice. I can’t save anybody. He’s a science fiction character, and I’m a real character.”― Muhammad Ali

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

“Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold, but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold.”― Muhammad Ali

“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.”― Muhammad Ali

“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

 “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”― Muhammad Ali

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

“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.” ― Muhammad Ali

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

“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

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

“There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.”― Muhammad Ali

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

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

 “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

“Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.”― Muhammad Ali

“I’m no leader; I’m a little, humble follower.”― Muhammad Ali

“Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.”― Muhammad Ali

“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

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

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

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

“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

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

“I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”― Muhammad Ali

“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

“I learn to put my head within hitting range, force my opponent to throw blows, then learn back and away.”― Muhammad Ali

“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

 “Recognize how every moment of our journey is an important part of the growth of our soul.” ― Muhammad Ali

“You lose nothing when fighting for a cause … In my mind the losers are those who don’t have a cause they care about.”― Muhammad Ali

“Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.”― Muhammad Ali

“When a fighter is beaten, everybody who believes in him is beaten too — his family, his friends, his children, the people who cheer him on, who give him their love, their hope, their pride.”― Muhammad Ali

“My style, my stamina, my system were melded down in the basement of a church in East End.”― Muhammad Ali

 “When you win so long, so much, you forget — you think your name will win. You forget the sacrifices, the work that goes into winning.”― Muhammad Ali

“Give up what appears to be doubtful for what is certain. Truth brings peace of mind, and deception doubt.” ― Muhammad Ali

 “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

“Each time I thought I had achieved my ‘life’s purpose,’ I discovered it was only another step in my journey.”― Muhammad Ali

“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

 “I loved the smell of horse and hay and the sight of their beautiful bodies. Somehow it inspired me to train harder so my body could be in condition like that.”― Muhammad Ali

 “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.”― Muhammad Ali

 “I had always come home like the victorious hunter bringing back big game from the jungle.”― Muhammad Ali

“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

“I know no fighter can survive the loss if he feels sorry for himself when he’s defeated.”― Muhammad Ali

“We spend more time learning how to make a living than we do learning how to make a life.” ― Muhammad Ali

“I love children. I can never pass them by without saying something to them. They make you want to start life all over again.”― Muhammad Ali

 “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.” ― Muhammad Ali

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

 “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

 “The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road; long before I dance under those lights.” ― Muhammad Ali

“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

“Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which colour does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.” ― Muhammad Ali

“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

“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

 “Too many easy victories can ruin a fighter just as much as a long line of defeats.” ― Muhammad Ali

“When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.” ― Muhammad Ali

“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.”― Muhammad Ali

“The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.” ― Muhammad Ali

“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

 “It’s funny, but those who hate me the most sometimes inspire me the most.”― Muhammad Ali

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

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

“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 was really the greatest.”― Muhammad Ali

“Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. You can’t hit what your eyes don’t see.”― Muhammad Ali

“It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you down. It’s the pebble in your shoe.”― Muhammad Ali

“Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”― Muhammad Ali

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

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

“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”― Muhammad Ali

“Success is not achieved by winning all the time. Real success comes when we rise after we fall.”― Muhammad Ali

“I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked!”― Muhammad Ali

“I do a lot of reading, a lot of studying. I ask questions, I’ll go out, travel these countries, I’ll watch how their people live, and I learn.”― Muhammad Ali

“I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help, because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return.”― Muhammad Ali

“Enjoy your children, even when they don’t act the way you want them to.”― Muhammad Ali

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

“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”― Muhammad Ali

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