Here are 20 of the greatest quotes of boxing great, Muhammad Ali, who has died at the age of 74, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Considered by many to be the best boxer in history, Muhammad Ali proclaimed himself as the “Greatest of all time” in 1964 and the title stuck. Although defeated five times in his career, he is often referred to as “The Greatest” and is at the top of most boxing rankings. See the quotes below:
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, your hands can’t hit, what your eyes can’t see.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.”
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
"I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick"
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it.”
“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
“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.”
“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
It ain't bragging if you can back it up.”
"If you even dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologise to me."
“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.”
“I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights.”
“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.”
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
“Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.”
“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
“It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.”
“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”