Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. Considered a cultural icon, Ali has both been idolized and vilified.

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Me, we. (Supposedly the shortest quote in the English language delivered at a Harvard graduation.)
It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.
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.
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
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.
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.
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.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
My toughest fight was with my first wife.
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.
Children make you want to start life over.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
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 run on the road, long before I dance under the lights.
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I just beat people up.
It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams. They have different names but all contain water. Religions have different names, but all contain truth.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
The fight is won or lost far away from witnessesbehind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.

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