Remembering Muhammad Ali’s Inspiring Wisdom, Wit And Justified Cockiness With His 34 Best Quotes


Muhammad Ali was beyond just a boxer. Muhammad Ali was a global icon. Muhammad Ali was an entertainer. Muhammad Ali was an inspiration. Muhammad Ali was a civil rights champion. Muhammad Ali was a man with wit and wisdom. Here are some of Muhammad Ali’s greatest, funniest and  quotes.

  • “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.”
  • “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
  • “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”
  • “I wrestled with an alligator, I tussled with a whale, I handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail, I’m bad man….Last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”
  • “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 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.”
  • “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
  • “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.”
  • “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”
  • “Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”
  • “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
  • “If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize.”
  • “When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.”
  • “I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.”
  • “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
  • “I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.”
  • “I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”
  • “He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!”
  • “I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”
  • “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
  • “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”
  • “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”
  • “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.”
  • “I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.”
  • “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”
  • “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
  • “I’m a poet, I’m a prophet, I’m the resurrector, I’m the savior of the boxing world. If it wasn’t for me, the game would be dead.”
  • “How tall are you? So I can know in advance how far to step back when you fall down!”
  • “A man who has no imagination has no wings.”
  • “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
  • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
  • “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.”
  • “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”

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