Quotes on Boxing
“Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.”
“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
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.
Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.
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.
Quotes on Life
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.
Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila
Ali, before the “Thrilla in Manila”
Before fight against Frazier
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.
Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
Quotes on Being the Greatest
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
I’m the best. I just haven’t played yet.”
Ali On playing golf
Superman don’t need no seat belt.
Quotes on Religion
I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
Quotes on Humour
My toughest fight was with my first wife.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.
Only the nose knows, Where the nose goes, When the door close.
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