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67 Of Muhammad Ali's Most Inspirational Quotes That Will Change You Forever

Famous As: The Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time
Born On: January 17, 1942
Died On: June 3, 2016
Born In: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died At Age: 74

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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it.

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it.

Muhammad Ali
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 hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'.

Muhammad Ali
Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.

Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.

Muhammad Ali
Don't count the days, make the days count.

Don't count the days, make the days count.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Muhammad Ali
Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right.

Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right.

Muhammad Ali
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

Muhammad Ali
To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.

To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.

Muhammad Ali
Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.

Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.

Muhammad Ali
The man with no imagination has no wings.

The man with no imagination has no wings.

Muhammad Ali
What you're thinking is what you're becoming.

What you're thinking is what you're becoming.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
The Service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.

The Service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.

Muhammad Ali
Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong.

Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong.

Muhammad Ali
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life

Muhammad Ali
You lose nothing when fighting for a cause ... In my mind the losers are those who don't have a cause they care about.

You lose nothing when fighting for a cause ... In my mind the losers are those who don't have a cause they care about.

Muhammad Ali
If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.

If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.

Muhammad Ali
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

Muhammad Ali
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

Muhammad Ali
I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.

I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.

Muhammad Ali
Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.

Muhammad Ali
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see.

Muhammad Ali
It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am.

It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am.

Muhammad Ali
It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.

It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are

Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are

Muhammad Ali
Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.

Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.

Muhammad Ali
Jokes? There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all.

Jokes? There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all.

Muhammad Ali
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.

I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
I'm the greatest, I'm a bad man, and I'm pretty!

I'm the greatest, I'm a bad man, and I'm pretty!

Muhammad Ali
What keeps me going is goals.

What keeps me going is goals.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
I am the greatest.

I am the greatest.

Muhammad Ali
Go to College, 
Stay in school, 
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, 
they can sure make something out of you.

Go to College, Stay in school, If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.

Muhammad Ali
It's not bragging if you can back it up.

It's not bragging if you can back it up.

Muhammad Ali
Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

Muhammad Ali
The man who has no imagination has no wings.

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

Muhammad Ali
Allah is the Greatest. I'm just the greatest boxer

Allah is the Greatest. I'm just the greatest boxer

Muhammad Ali
We can't be brave without fear.

We can't be brave without fear.

Muhammad Ali
I Ain't Got No Quarrel With The VietCong...No VietCong Ever Called Me Nigger.

I Ain't Got No Quarrel With The VietCong...No VietCong Ever Called Me Nigger.

Muhammad Ali
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams — they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do — they all contain truths

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams — they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do — they all contain truths

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
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 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.

Muhammad Ali
Superman don't need no seat belt.

Superman don't need no seat belt.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.

I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.

Muhammad Ali
There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people

There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people

Muhammad Ali
I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.

I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.

Muhammad Ali
Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.

Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.

Muhammad Ali
If you even dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologize.

If you even dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologize.

Muhammad Ali
The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.

The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.

Muhammad Ali
It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
I don't count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.

I don't count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.

Muhammad Ali
My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.

My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.

Muhammad Ali
Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me!

Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me!

Muhammad Ali
Now I had won the gold medal. But it didn't mean anything, because I didn't have the right color skin.

Now I had won the gold medal. But it didn't mean anything, because I didn't have the right color skin.

Muhammad Ali
When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.

When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.

Muhammad Ali
Impossible is nothing.

Impossible is nothing.

Muhammad Ali
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.

It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.

Muhammad Ali
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.

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.

Muhammad Ali
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” -

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” -

Muhammad Ali