Over the years, we’ve encountered some truly inspirational and motivational individuals that have shaped the way life as we know it is today.
From scientists to human rights activists, we’ve seen them all.
Amongst that list, you will also find certain sportsmen and women, including the late, great, greatest, in fact, Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali is a name synonymous with the boxing world.
In fact, Muhammad Ali is a name that virtually everybody knows, even those with no real interest in boxing at all.
But who is the man behind the mouth?
The real boxing legend who many consider being the greatest of all time?
Before we can look at several awe-inspiring Muhammad Ali quotes, we first need to learn more about his truly amazing life.
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Muhammad Ali is a man that surely needs no introduction, but just to be sure, we’re going to give him one anyway.
Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, was a former professional boxer, a human rights activist, a philanthropist, motivational speaker, and all-around fantastic showman and entertainer.
He is widely known as ‘the greatest’ and would often refer to himself as such.
Renowned for his amazing footwork in the ring, his technical boxing ability, his legendary rivalries, and his trash-talking, Ali was certainly one of the world’s greatest boxers and is considered to be one of the best to ever lace up the gloves.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jnr was born on January 17th, 1942, in Louisville Kentucky.
At school he was fairly bright academically, but would often find himself distracted and falling into the wrong crowds and getting in trouble with the law.
After having his bike stolen as a 12-year old, Ali told the investigating officer that he was going to beat the thief up.
The police officer, a man named Joe.
E Martin, was also a boxing coach in his free time, and he instructed Ali to redirect his anger and channel it through boxing.
Eventually, Ali, who was still known as Cassius Clay, took up boxing and instantly became natural.
In 1954 he made his amateur debut and won by split decision. From there, the wins just kept coming.
After racking up plenty of victories, Clay eventually turned pro in 1960, defeating Tunney Hunsaker in his debut.
He would go on to defeat many others, though it was the title fight against Sonny Liston in 1963, that really put Clay on the map.
Clay defeated Liston for the title aged just 22, and after a barrage of verbal abuse during the weigh ins, it was clear that Clay also knew how to get into the heads of his opponents.
From reading some of the Muhammad Ali quotes we have for you today, you’ll see that he had a way with words like no other.
After the fight, and now a household name, Cassius Clay converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
He would go on to face several formidable opponents in classics, including the ‘Fight of the Century’ against Joe Frazer, and the Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman.
Sadly, Ali retired in 1981, and in 1984 was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Syndrome, which many believe was due to the amount of shots he took to the head.
Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3rd, 2016, aged 74 from Septic Shock.
He left behind a legacy the likes of which we may never see again in any sport.
"Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are." - Muhammad Ali
"What keeps me going is goal." - Muhammad Ali
"Like everyday as if it were you last because someday you’re going to be right." - Muhammad Ali
"My toughest fight was my first wife." - Muhammad Ali
"It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am." - Muhammad Ali
"Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in place crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die everyday. 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
"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
"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
"My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest." - Muhammad Ali
"Old age is just a record of one’s whole." - Muhammad Ali
"No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker." - Muhammad Ali
"I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world." - 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
"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
"Service to others Is the rent you pay for you room here on earth." - Muhammad Ali
"I knew 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
"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
"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
"I don’t count my sit ups; I only starts counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count." - Muhammad Ali
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life
"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
"A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." - 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
"It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and believed in myself." - 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
"If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you." - Muhammad Ali
"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it." - Muhammad Ali
"There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fight have been a pleasure to win." - Muhammad Ali
"Don’t count the days, make the days." - 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." - Muhammad Ali
"It’s not bragging if you can back it up." - Muhammad Ali
"To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If not pretend you are.
"Silence Is golden when you can’t think of a good answer." - Muhammad Ali
"What you are thinking is what you are." - Muhammad Ali
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room." - Muhammad Ali
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." - 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 extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even." - Muhammad Ali
"It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe." - 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
"I’ve wrestled with alligators / I’ve tussled with a whale / I done handcuffed lightning / And throw thunder in jail." - 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
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