Muhammad Ali Quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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Who is Muhammad Ali? Widely regarded as one of the most significant sport figures of the 20th century. Inside and out of the ring he was one of most controversial, inspiring and polarizing human beings ever. Originally named Cassius Clay he changed it calling it his slave name. Fighting in twenty-two professional heavyweight champion bouts, he was a pioneer for fighters also being able to speak and a influence of trash talk in sports.

  • “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” ― Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times
  • “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
  • “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” ― 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
  • “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  
  • “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.” ― Muhammad Ali, The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey      
  • “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “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.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.” ― Muhammad Ali, The Greatest My Own Story
  • “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “The man with no imagination has no wings.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” ― 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
  • “Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “Jokes? There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.” ― 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
  • “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “We can’t be brave without fear.” ― Muhammad Ali, The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey
  • “Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams — they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do — they all contain truths” ― Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times
  • “Superman don’t need no seat belt.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “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.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.” ― Muhammad Ali, The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey
  • “The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.” ― Muhammad Ali, The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey
  • “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
  • “No one starts out on top. You have to work your way up. Some mountains are higher than others, some roads steeper than the next. There are hardships and setbacks, but you can’t let them stop you. Even on the steepest road, you must not turn back. You must keep going up. In order to reach the top of the mountain, you have to climb every rock.” ― Muhammad Ali
  • “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” ― Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali: In Perspective
  • “Truly great people in history never wanted to be great for themselves. All they wanted was the chance to do good for others and to be close to God. I’m not perfect. I know that I still have things to work out, and I’m working on them. There are certain things I have done that I am not proud of, especially when they caused pain to others. I ask God for forgiveness.” ― Muhammad Ali


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