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A collection of some of the champion boxer Muhammad Ali's greatest quotes about life, success, and confidence that will inspire generations.

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

Quick Facts

Born On: January 17, 1942

Died On: June 3, 2016

Born In: Louisville

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.

Muhammad Ali

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'.

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

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.

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

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

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.

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

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.

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.

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

What keeps me going is goals.

Muhammad Ali

I am the greatest.

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.

Muhammad Ali

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

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

We can't be brave without fear.

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

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

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.

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

Muhammad Ali

Superman don't need no seat belt.

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.

Muhammad Ali

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

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

Muhammad Ali

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.

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.

Muhammad Ali

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

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.

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali

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.

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.

Muhammad Ali

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

Muhammad Ali