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128 Top George Foreman Quotes For Your Daily Dose Of Inspiration

Famous As: American Retired Professional Boxer and Two-Time World Heavyweight Champion
Born On: January 10, 1949
Born In: Marshall, Texas, United States
Age: 73 Years

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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