Muhammad Ali quotes reveal a man who was very boastful, yet talented and who had a problem with racism among other things. He talked about God and he converted to Islam just like Malcolm X did. He was very religious but also very outspoken when it came to how blacks were treated. He was well known for refusing to fight in the Vietnam war.
Muhammad Ali born Cassius Clay was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. He was considered the greatest boxer who ever lived and that’s probably why he boasted about his skills so much. In his later years, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease that took a toll on his body. He joins a long list of civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr. who defended his own race as best he knew how. Below are a number of his quotes.
“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life."
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”
“If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
"Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are."
“It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen."
“There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win."
“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."
“The man who has no imagination has no wings."
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
“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."
“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths."
“Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."
“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."
“Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up."
“I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own."
“Superman don't need no seat belt."
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
"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."
“It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am."
"There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people."
“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest."
"No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room."
“What keeps me going is goals."
“My toughest fight was with my first wife."
“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."
"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."
"Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer."
“Old age is just a record of one's whole life."
“It's not bragging if you can back it up."
“It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe."
“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."
“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."
“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."
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
“It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila."
“I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world."
“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."
“I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world."
“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."
“My trainer don't tell me nothing between rounds. I don't allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It's too late for advice."
“You can't keep your mind on fighting when you're thinking about a woman. You can't keep your concentration. You feel like sleeping all the time."
Muhammad Ali quotes like those of Caesar Chavez and many other activists continue to resonate in the lives of those who seek freedom from all oppression. I hope his quotes though not modest will be a means of encouraging all to give of their best.