Muhammad Ali, born on January 17, 1942, is one of the most celebrated athletes in the boxing industry. He was known for his fancy footwork and lightning speed. Known as “The Greatest”, Ali’s boxing style was often described as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. Having an impressive career record of 56 wins with 37 knockouts and 5 losses, the heavyweight boxing champion retired at the age of 39.
To celebrate his birthday and look back at his career, here are 25 of the greatest Muhammad Ali quotes to inspire you.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.
Don’t count the days; make the days count.
I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
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If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.
If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.
Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.
If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
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.
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.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.
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I’m king of the world! I’m pretty! I’m a bad man! I shook up the world! I shook up the world! I shook up the world!
It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.
And to round off our Muhammad Ali quotes, let’s revisit what US President Barack Obama said of Ali:
“Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it.”
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