67 Of Muhammad Ali's Most Inspirational Quotes That Will Change You Forever
Muhammad Ali was a renowned American professional boxer who excelled in his sport and later used his status to herald changes. His original name was Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. and he was named after a slavery abolitionist. Here are a few interesting piece of trivia from the life of this famous boxer.
The story of how Muhammad Ali trod on the path of becoming a boxer is quite intriguing. Ali had parked his red-and-white Schwinn bike outside an auditorium when it was stolen. Upon realizing the truth, Ali was enraged and he reported the matter to a police official. He said he wanted to 'whup' the thief. The cop Joe Martin was also a boxing trainer and he realized the potential in Ali and decided to train him. Rest as we know is history.
The boxer would ask his friends and family to throw stones at him which he would use as means to increase his agility and speed by dodging them. The boxer's brother recollects, “No matter how many I threw, I could never hit him.”
Muhammad Ali rose to the status of one of the most influential Muslims across the globe. He used his stature to negotiate with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein who had held 2,000 foreigners as captive. Upon Ali's insistence Hussein agreed to free 15 American hostages.
In the section below you can read some of the best inspirational quotes by the famous boxer Muhammad Ali.
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. If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it. I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'. Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong. Don't count the days, make the days count. 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. 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. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right. The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are. Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe. The man with no imagination has no wings. What you're thinking is what you're becoming. 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. The Service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth. Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life You lose nothing when fighting for a cause ... In my mind the losers are those who don't have a cause they care about. If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you. The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace. Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer. It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see. I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get
used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours;
my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man. Jokes? There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all. I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. 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. The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road; long before I dance under those lights. I'm the greatest, I'm a bad man, and I'm pretty! What keeps me going is goals. I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life. It's not bragging if you can back it up. Go to College,
Stay in school,
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread,
they can sure make something out of you. Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change. The man who has no imagination has no wings. We can't be brave without fear. I Ain't Got No Quarrel With The VietCong...No VietCong Ever Called Me Nigger. Allah is the Greatest. I'm just the greatest boxer All through my life, I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested. Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams — they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do — they all contain truths Superman don't need no seat belt. I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help, because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return. I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on. There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people Truly great people in history never wanted to be great for themselves. All they wanted was the chance to do good for others and be close to God. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest. Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise. The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most. It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. I don't count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count. If you even dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologize. 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. Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me! When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.
My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.
Now I had won the gold medal. But it didn't mean anything, because I didn't have the right color skin.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others. The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” -