"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."
"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."
"If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make
something out of you."
"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."
"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble
in your shoe."
"It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am."
"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat
"It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges,
and I believed in myself."
"It's not bragging if you can back it up."
"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once
that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen."
"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
"The man who has no imagination has no wings."
"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted
30 years of his life."
"There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people."
"There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a
pleasure to win."
"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."
"Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are
fought to map change."
"We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that
"What keeps me going is goals."
"When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble."
"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."
"Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau
of Wild Life."
"Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't
learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."
"Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter
which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing
"I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots.
I'm in a world of my own."
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."
"I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace."
"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."
"I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that
I really was the greatest."
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now
and live the rest of your life as a champion."
"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."
"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."
End of quotes by: Muhammad Ali
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