All Time Greatest Muhammad Ali Quotes About Living Like a Champion
By Jeffrey I. Moore / Everyday Power
Muhammed Ali is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He was a heavyweight champion of the world 3 times and has defeated some of the best boxers in the history of the sport. He is known for his incredible speed, strength, and for the controversial statements that he made to the media.
Muhammad Ali quotes are famous around the world. Ali was a passionate and intelligent man that always spoke his mind and was full of wisdom. Unlike most boxes who used their managers to talk for them, Ali wanted to be known in the media. He admitted that the words he said helped him win fights because they intimidated and threw off his opponents.
Muhammed Ali first took up boxing at age 12 after another kid stole his bike. His amateur career went extremely well and he won many tournaments. He was trained by Chuck Bodak and was known for his exceptional discipline and dedication to the sport.
Many of his fights, such as the fights against George Foreman and Joe Frazier, are the most famous in boxing history. Ali became the heavyworld champion of the world at the young age of 21.
While Muhammad Ali’s boxing skills were incredible, he’s also known for being a free spirit. While many other people fled to other countries to avoid the draft Ali decided to publicly denounce it. He refused to be drafted, and as a result was jailed for years. He was even stripped of his boxing title due to his arrest. He didn’t fight for another four years. His resistance to the war despite the repercussions showed the world how strong Ali’s spirit was and inspired many.
He was one of the most prominent figures in the Black Muslim movement. He converted to Islam just weeks after winning the heavyweight title for the first time. He changed his name after he converted to Islam.
In his later years he faced yet another tough challenge. Ali developed Parkinson’s disease, due largely to the amount of punches he received to the face. Alli stayed positive and never gave up hope. He remained active for years despite his serious condition.
Most Inspiring Muhammad Ali Quotes of All Time
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – 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
“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
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses—behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.” – Muhammad Ali
“Friendship … is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” – 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
“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” – Muhammad Ali
“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.” – Muhammad Ali
“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.” – 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
“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 last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali
“I’ve wrestled with alligators / I’ve tussled with a whale / I done handcuffed lightning / And throw thunder in jail.” – Muhammad Ali
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali
“Don’t count the days; make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” – Muhammad Ali
“At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.” – Muhammad Ali
“What you are thinking is what you are becoming. – Muhammad Ali
“What keeps me going is goals.” – Muhammad Ali
“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.” – Muhammad Ali
“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.” – Muhammad Ali
“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.” – 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
It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. – 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
Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you. – Muhammad Ali
My toughest fight was with my first wife. – Muhammad Ali
My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world. – Muhammad Ali
No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room. – Muhammad Ali
Old age is just a record of one’s whole life. – 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
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. – 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
“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 wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.” – Muhammad Ali
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