Muhammad Ali taunted opponents with razor-sharp rhymes, comical one-liners and the type of boxing braggadocio that both endeared him to and angered the masses.
Ali was a loudmouth threat to the establishment. He could make heavyweight rivals Joe Frazier, Sonny Liston and George Foreman feel like unwitting participants at their own roast. He was king of the world and a clown prince, who fought for both championships and his rights as a conscientious objector.
His mouth roared, never bored, with wit as sharp as a sword, who went full bore into each fight with a silver tongue and heavyweight gold.
No one could say it better than Ali.
Here we have compiled his 10 best quotes
On Olympics Success
When he won gold medal in Rome in 1960 at Olympics, he says:
“To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole.
And for the USA won the medal of gold. The Greeks said you’re better than the Cassius of old.”
On Being The Greatest
“I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round.
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 really was the greatest.”
On Rocky Balboa
“I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring.
America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.”
On being Fast
“There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.
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.”
“I wrestled with an alligator, I tussled with a whale, I handcuffed lightning and thrown thunder in jail. Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
If you dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologise.
Float like a butterfly sting like a bee – his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
The man who has no imagination has no wings. It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
What you are thinking is what you are becoming. If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.
To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If not pretend you are.”
“I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights. I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.
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.
What keeps me going is goals.
Impossible is just a big word thrown around my 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. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
On Vietnam War
“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”
On Cassius Clay
“Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one. “