Muhammad Ali

I’ll tell you how I’d like to be remembered: As a black man who won the heavyweight title – Who has humorous and who never looked down on those who looked up to him – A man who stood for freedom, justice and equality – And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.

 

Muhammad Ali

If you look at the world the same way when you’re 50 that you did when you were 20, then you wasted 30 years.

 

Muhammad Ali

Success is not achieved by winning all the time. Real success comes when we rise after we fall. Some mountains are higher than others. Some roads steeper than the next. There are hardships and setbacks but you cannot let them stop you. Even on the steepest road you must not turn back.

 

Muhammad Ali

If we continue to think and live as if we belong only to different cultures and different religions, with separate missions and goals, we will always be in self-defeating competition with each other. Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love.

 

Muhammad Ali

It isn’t the mountains that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.

 

Muhammad Ali

Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?

 

Muhammad Ali

There are billions of people in the world, and every one of them is special. No one else in the world is like you.

 

Muhammad Ali

 

Whatever the challenge was, however unattainable the goal may have seemed, I never let anyone talk me out of believing in myself.

 

Muhammad Ali

You can go to Japan, China, all the European, African, Arab, and South American countries, and man, they know me. I can’t name a nation where they don’t know me.

 

Muhammad Ali

When you saw me in the boxing ring fighting, it wasn’t just so I could beat my opponent. My fighting had a purpose. I had to be successful in order to get people to listen to the things I had to say.

 

Muhammad Ali

How could they say that my religion, Islam was a ‘race hate’ religion after all the plunder and enslavement and domination of my people by white Christians in the name of white supremacy?

 

Muhammad Ali

What you are thinking is what you are becoming.

 

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.

 

Muhammad Ali

The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.

 

Muhammad Ali

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

 

Muhammad Ali

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.

 

Muhammad Ali

Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.

 

Muhammad Ali

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

 

Muhammad Ali

I don’t smoke but I keep a match box in my pocket, when my heart slips towards sin, I burn the matchstick and heat my palm with it, then say to myself, “Ali you can’t even bear this heat, how would you bear the unbearable heat of hellfire?”

 

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 came back to Louisville after the Olympics with my shiny gold medal. Went into a luncheonette where black folks couldn’t eat. Thought I’d put them on the spot. I sat down and asked for a meal. The Olympic champion wearing his gold medal. They said, “We don’t serve niggers here.” I said, “That’s okay, I don’t eat ’em.” But they put me out in the street. So I went down to the river, the Ohio River, and threw my gold medal in it.

 

Muhammad Ali

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