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A collection of Top George Foreman quotes and sayings on boxing, success, children, fighting, goals, opportunity, sports, happiness, learning, love, freedom, fear, time, friendship etc.

128 Top George Foreman Quotes For Your Daily Dose Of Inspiration

Quick Facts

Born On: January 10, 1949

Born In: Marshall, Texas

Nicknamed as the “Big George”, George Foreman is a two time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. This former American professional boxer went on to become an ordained minister, author and entrepreneur. His boxing career can be split up into two phases - 1969-1977 and 1987-1997. In the first phase of his career, he defeated the invincible Joe Frazier and went to win his first heavyweight championship. He defended his title successfully twice before his first professional defeat to Muhammad Ali in ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’. With lack of opportunities for another shot at the title and what Foreman considered a “religious epiphany”, he retired and eventually became an ordained minister. A decade later, he made a comeback into the ring and defeated Michael Moorer and became the oldest boxer to win the heavyweight title. “Big George” was inducted into the ‘World Boxing Hall of Fame’ and the ‘International Boxing Hall of Fame’. With an unparallel record of 68 knockouts, 76 wins and 5 losses, the IBRO rated Foreman as the 8th greatest heavyweight of all time. Here are some of the famous quotes from this legendary boxer highlighting his thoughts and sayings.

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They'll take everything, even your tears.

George Foreman

Don't be afraid to employ people who will force you out of your comfort zone.

George Foreman

Many people fail not so much because of their mistakes; they fail because they are afraid to try.

George Foreman

To be successful in life, you must get in the habit of turning negatives into positives.

George Foreman

Nobody can do everything well, so learn how to delegate responsibility to other winners and then hold them accountable for their decisions.

George Foreman

Without appreciation and respect for other people, true leadership becomes ineffective, if not impossible.

George Foreman

To succeed in business, you need somebody in your corner who cares enough to challenge you and is courageous enough to tell you the truth, especially when the pressure is on.

George Foreman

The best entrepreneurs have found a way to serve others and as a result discover their greatest fulfillment.

George Foreman

In your business or in your close relationships, if you want people to perform Herculean feats on your behalf, they must know that you care about them.

George Foreman

As an entrepreneur, don't follow the crowd; let them follow you.

George Foreman

Filling a need is not merely good business; it's a basic attitude towards life. If you see a need, do whatever you can to meet that need.

George Foreman

You never help others by allowing them to getaway with giving less than their best efforts.

George Foreman

Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day.

George Foreman

I love the UFC. I love it. If they had had that back when I was coming up, in 1966, it would have been my sport. Man, I love it. And you know what? Nobody would have pulled the rope-a-dope on me.

George Foreman

I want to tell everybody that there is really a living God.

George Foreman

I teach kids that want to be tough that their fists are not the way.

George Foreman

Sports are sports. Its all about how we carry ourselves out of the ring.

George Foreman

Every day, getting up early in the morning before much traffic, my wife takes me 10 miles from home, drops me off, and I have to get back.

George Foreman

You've got to have a focus. You just fight for money, you get hurt. You focus on the title, you'll just naturally make money doing it.

George Foreman

You got to look nice. If you got 10 kids, they'll talk about you if you don't look nice.

George Foreman

When you speak to a lot of kids, as I've done over the years, you know what to say, keep them laughing, good illustrations and learn to read.

George Foreman

When I was in the ring, you really saw the best of me. Outside the ring, I was really some terrible fellow.

George Foreman

I just don't know how I was able to be a boxer in the first place without believing God.

George Foreman

You've got to keep a dog with you at all times. A dog cannot roam. You've got to keep him in the house with you. You can't have a wild dog and expect days to go good.

George Foreman

When you're in a single-parent home, they try to give you a good foundation, but by the time you're 4 or 5 years old, from that point on you're pretty much on your own.

George Foreman

Frazier was not a big man at all. Frazier was about 5'9, but he would make anyone run. Put up your dukes and cover up because he's coming. He never backed up from anyone.

George Foreman

There shouldn't be budget problems. There is so much money that goes untapped. If every athlete gave 5% of what they earned, there wouldn't be any budget problems.

George Foreman

I was a tiger, a good fighter, in good shape, but I was always nervous before boxing matches.

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I think its so good for boxing when a new guy or new blood as we call it, makes a big statement.

George Foreman

Sonny Liston stood up to me and actually made me give ground. No one has ever done that to me before or since.

George Foreman

All the dogs I have are German shepherds from Germany, and I fly them back to Germany to show them.

George Foreman

After you work out, you have your dog with you. There's no better companion. You've got to have a friend. I didn't like opponents who had dogs with them. Because you know they had a little edge. They have a friend.

George Foreman

A Jack Russell terrier? My god. He'll burn you up. They never stop. A German shepherd, you can only go so many miles.

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All my sons are named George Foreman. They all know where they came from.

George Foreman

You don't know what it is to be heavyweight champ of the world until you become the heavyweight champ of the world.

George Foreman

I dread handshakes. I've got some problems with my hands, and everywhere I go, people want to impress me with their grip. To make it worse, now women are coming up with that firm shake.

George Foreman

When I was a kid in Houston, we were so poor we couldn't afford the last 2 letters, so we called ourselves po'.

George Foreman

I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.

George Foreman

I tell my sons all the time, 'The most important thing in your life is fitness,' but a lot of fighters go overboard.

George Foreman

When I left boxing in 1977 to be a preacher, I couldn't make a fist after I learned about Jesus Christ.

George Foreman

I got a strength coach. My wife. She gets big chains, and at night she puts them around the refrigerator. They are so strong, I can't break them.

George Foreman

I wanted to be champ of the world, but I kept hoping something would happen to Frazier. I didn't want to fight him. Nobody wanted to fight Joe Frazier.

George Foreman

You wouldn't meet a Joe Frazier down today and then up tomorrow, said hello to big shots then ignore someone on the lower level; he was the most consistent human being. What you see is what you get.

George Foreman

It would be hard to throw a punch to someone who wasn't a boxer, who wasn't in the ring, and who didn't have on a pair of boxing gloves and who hadn't been training.

George Foreman

You don't have to try to hurt people and be angry to be an athlete.

George Foreman

I cannot remember a time when I was not getting into fights.

George Foreman

But boxing was my profession. I had to go back the second time because I was broke and I couldn't just go and get a college degree and earn it. I had too many bills, too many families.

George Foreman

When I was a boxer, I wanted to be champion of the world, not the richest man in the world.

George Foreman

I'm a winner each and every time I go into the ring.

George Foreman

I'd have to say losing the title to Ali in '74 was the lowest moment in sports for me. It was the most devastating thing in my boxing career, and it still hurts to this day.

George Foreman

I've been on the opposite side of decisions before when the crowd would be booing and saying that I lost. I've lived with it. Judging in boxing has been same since the beginning, and it isn't gonna change.

George Foreman

The integration of a headgear in professional boxing would do so much to make it safer for young men. They could go into the sport, make a lot of money and then come out and be good grandfathers.

George Foreman

We all think we've got one more boxing match in us, and that, probably, will be the downfall of Floyd Mayweather, George Foreman, Manny Pacquiao. We'll overstay our welcome.

George Foreman

People are hurt in love affairs and never recover, more than a boxing match.

George Foreman

As you get better and better working out, there's no one who can keep up with you running. If you don't have a good dog, it's going to be the most lonesome training camp you'll ever have.

George Foreman

Boxing has been the most difficult thing I've ever done. The biggest challenge in my life. I was a boxer. That was hard. Everything else is pretty easy.

George Foreman

It's strange because you - your life goes so swiftly. You look up one day you're a teenager, the next day you're a grandfather and you want to decide, 'I sure hope my kids don't make the same mistakes.'

George Foreman

If you can maintain that integrity in whatever you do, you can't go wrong. That's what I tell my kids, anyway.

George Foreman

The Internal Revenue Service is the real undefeated heavyweight champion.

George Foreman

My kids idea of a hard life is to live in a house with only one phone.

George Foreman

My mother was watching on television and she doesn't want me to hurt anyone.

George Foreman

Anytime I can sneak in a moment to fish and ride horses, I'm a happy camper.

George Foreman

My friends know that they're my friends - even my enemies know that they're my friends.

George Foreman

I remember in school once the teacher gave us a speech about anyone can make it if they try, and then she looked at me and said. 'I don't know what you are going to do, Georgie.'

George Foreman

The fighters who give it all will be around for next year. Give it all you've got. Don't save anything.

George Foreman

Preaching is the most original thing I've ever done. There's nothing familiar about it. You have to be brave.

George Foreman

Evil lurks where disappointment lodges.

George Foreman

They call it the rope-a-dope. Well, I'm the dope. Ali just laid on the rope and I, like a dope, kept punching until I got tired. But he was probably the most smart fighter I've ever gotten into the ring with.

George Foreman

You want to leave something; you really do. I mean, in the end, statues and all those things, that doesn't mean anything. Leave something that we're all going to benefit from. I think that's what I'd like to do.

George Foreman

I hope to have one more boxing match at the age of 55. Given that demographic at the age of 55 to 65, you've got to make a statement with your life. Otherwise, you are just existing.

George Foreman

My favorite drink is water - the bland one: Evian. I stick with that. I celebrate in the evening sometimes with Perrier. That's why I love coming to California. They're always talking to you about bottled water.

George Foreman

Generally when there's a lot of smoke... there's just a whole lot more smoke.

George Foreman

George Foreman. A miracle. A mystery to myself. Who am I? The mirror says back. The George you was always meant to be. Wasn't always like that. Used to look in the mirror and cried a river.

George Foreman

I am a winner each and every time I go into the ring.

George Foreman

Just take one step at a time, trusting that God still has a plan for you, and He will make the best out of your situation.

George Foreman

I never get upset about what I read in the newspaper. I realize that every human being can make a difference in this world.

George Foreman

Just look at the great Nelson Mandela. He came out of prison and saved his entire country. Some of the best people in the world have spent time in prison.

George Foreman

Everybody wants to be somebody. The thing you have to do is give them confidence they can. You have to give a kid a dream.

George Foreman

Muhammad Ali is a true hero, and the fact there's something wrong with him is his badge of valour. He's a great man.

George Foreman

I look at my children and one thing I'm most proud of, in my heart, are my children.

George Foreman

I want to keep fighting because it is the only thing that keeps me out of the hamburger joints. If I don't fight, I'll eat this planet.

George Foreman

Changing your nature is the hardest thing to do. But I discovered that you can be who you choose to be.

George Foreman

As a child I was sometimes so hungry that I used to dream that one day I'd get locked in a grocery store.

George Foreman

Heroes always have their scars. Some you can see, some you read about later on.

George Foreman

Oh, there's nothing more dangerous in life at getting hurt at than love itself. People are hurt in love affairs and never recover, more than a boxing match.

George Foreman

A hero is someone right who doesn't change.

George Foreman

The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income.

George Foreman

I don't even think about a retirement program because I'm working for the Lord, for the Almighty. And even thought the Lord's pay isn't very high, his retirement program is, you might say, out of this world.

George Foreman

Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.

George Foreman

Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.

George Foreman

The greatest asset, even in this country, is not oil and gas. It's integrity. Everyone is searching for it, asking, 'Who can I do business with that I can trust?'

George Foreman

Put your name on something, it better be the best... you only get one shot.

George Foreman

You may have even an ex-wife or an ex-husband, but you can never have ex-children.

George Foreman

The referee is going to be the most important person in the ring tonight besides the fighters.

George Foreman

Heroes have a rough time because they stand up when they ought not to, they speak when they ought not to; they always have to go that extra mile.

George Foreman

That's my gift. I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck's back. If it's not positive, I didn't hear it. If you can overcome that, fights are easy.

George Foreman

I love the pigeons. I just raise them, period, and feed them. Pigeons go away, and they always come back. You get a touch of freedom, and then they are free to come back to you. I love the idea of pigeons.

George Foreman

I know from experience that you should never give up on yourself or others, no matter what.

George Foreman

I get up in the morning looking for an adventure.

George Foreman

It's great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later.

George Foreman

I am so happy to be alive. That's the one thing I'd like for people to know. Sometimes people walk by and slip up and say the wrong thing about me, and I'll smile. They wonder why am I smiling. Because I'm happy that I'm alive.

George Foreman

In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But, for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didn't have any fear. I thought, 'This is easy. This is what I've been waiting for'. No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost.

George Foreman

When it gets to the part in life where you're more afraid of what your wife is going to do to you than if you box, say, Mike Tyson, you've got to get a new profession. You don't get to be a family. I know why boxers never quit, some of them. They don't have wives.

George Foreman

In raising children, life brings forth those things where you do what you should never have done and what I taught you never to do. And when my kids have done those things, I just kind of look at them and say, 'Now you know life.'

George Foreman