Muhammad Ali Inspirational Quotes

Muhammad Ali is an American professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. This cultural icon is idolized not just for his boxing charm but also for the way he lived, like a true superstar. Read and enjoy Muhammad Ali Quotes.

A fighter can condition

A fighter can condition his body to go hard certain rounds, then to coast certain rounds

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A rooster crows only

A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I am crowing.

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After 4 you can

After 4 you can head for the door and if he tries to get rough-one’s enough.
-1960, before Ali’s 2nd pro bout (Ali did win in 4 rounds)

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Age is whatever you

Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.

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Ali Bundini are we

Ali: Bundini, are we going to dance? Cornerman ‘Bundini’ Brown: All night long! Ali: Yes, we’re going to dance! -Prefight ritual

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Ali comes out to

Ali comes out to meet Frazier, but Frazier starts to retreat, if Frazier goes back an inch further, he’ll wind up in a ringside seat!

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Ali comes out to

Ali comes out to meet Frazier, but Frazier starts to retreat, if Frazier goes back an inch further, he’ll wind up in a ringside seat.

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Ali describing George Foreman

Ali describing George Foreman- The Mummy, he IS a mummy, and I am going to be the Mummy’s curse.

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Ali s got a

Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right, if he hits you once, you’re asleep for the night.

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Ali to stewardess Superman

Ali to stewardess: Superman don’t need no seat belt. Stewardess to Ali: Superman don’t need no airplane either

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All I did is

? All I did is stand up for what I believed.

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Allah is the Greatest

Allah is the Greatest. I am just the greatest boxer – Muhammad Ali

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At home I am

At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.

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Automobiles and mirrors Ali

Automobiles and mirrors.
– Ali’s answer when asked: What are your favorite objects?

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Before you can sting

Before you can sting people out of their wits, you got to put on some weight and keep eating your grits! -boxing advice to Michael Jackson

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Boxing is a lot

Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up – Muhammad Ali

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Catching flies is better

Catching flies is better training than hitting the speed bag. -Eight flies caught in midair, by Ali in the course of a 15-minute interview

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Champions aren t made

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

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Champions have to have

Champions have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

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Do you know why

Do you know why I am the fastest heavyweight in the world? I am the only heavyweight that trains underwater.

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Don King s body

Don King’s body did four years in prison, but his hair got the chair!

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Don t count the

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

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Don t ever squeeze

Don’t ever squeeze a fighter’s hand, man. You’re doing good just to lay your eyes on me. Reacting to overly aggressive handshake from fan.

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Don t want people

Don’t want people who don’t like me treadin’ on my name. -Ali, given a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, asked it to be mounted on a wall.

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Eat your words Eat

Eat your words! Eat your words! I am the Greatest
To reporters after beating Sonny Liston – most reporters never gave him a chance.

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First time in life

First time in life I ever slept on my back. Had to, or the medal would have hurt my chest!

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Float like a butterfly

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see!

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Foreman was a sore

Foreman was a sore loser at the time, blaming my win on everything he could think of. But I like George today – I even use his grill.

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Frazier s still risin

Frazier’s still risin’ but the referee wears a frown, ’cause he can’t start countin’ ’til Frazier comes down!

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Friendship is not something

Friendship is not something you learn in school.But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.

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From now on call

From now on…call me doctor.
– After receiving an honorary doctorate from Columbia University in 1999

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Get up and fight

Get up and fight, sucka! Get up and fight, you bum! You’re supposed to be so bad!
-Ali screaming over KO’d Liston in their second fight

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He has asked the

He has asked the commission to waive the three-knockdown rule. He must be crazy or maybe a fool! Ali KOs Bonavena, 40 yrs ago, Dec 7, 1970

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He s too ugly

He’s too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!
–Before Ali’s fight with Sonny Liston

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He talks a great

He talks a great deal and brags indeed-y, of a muscular punch that’s incredibly speedy.

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He who is not

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

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He who is not

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

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How tall are you

How tall are you? So I can know in advance how far to step back when you fall down! (Favorite question to opponents at prefight weigh-ins)

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Howard Cosell was gonna

Howard Cosell was gonna be a boxer when he was a kid – only they couldn’t find a mouthpiece big enough.

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I always bring out

I always bring out the best in the men I fight, but Joe Frazier brings out the best in me…and God bless him.

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I am gonna let

I am gonna let everybody know that thing you got on your head is a phony, and it comes from the tail of a pony!
– Ali to Howard Cosell

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I am gonna whup

I am gonna whup whoever stole my bike! — Ali as a 12 year old, to policeman Joe Martin who became his first boxing coach.

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I am having you

I am having you for dinner! -to Floyd Patterson, then heavyweight champ, in Olympic Cafeteria. Clay won gold medal 9/5/60. Later beat Patterson

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I am not the

I am not the greatest; I am the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round!

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I am so fast

I am so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.

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I am the astronaut

I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I am in a world of my own.

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I am the best

? I am the best! I just haven’t played yet.
-Muhammad Ali on his golf game

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I am the greatest

I am the greatest! I said that even before I knew I was.

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I am the greatest

I am the greatest, I am pretty, I am pretty, I am a baaad man.

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I am the greatest

I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. -Muhammad Ali

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I am the People

I am the People’s Champion. You can walk up to me and say Hello without paying. There are no bodyguards around THIS champ.

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I am young I

I am young, I am handsome, I am fast, I am pretty and can’t possibly be beat. They must fall in the round I call.
– Ali at age 16

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I called my training

I called my training camp Fighter’s Heaven.
(Ali speaks of his training camp in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania)

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I can go 20

I can go 20 rounds if I have to…I never think about losing.

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I can t stand

I can’t stand the sight of blood. In many of my fights I had to look away. Re: fight w/ Henry Cooper, who bled heavily during their bout

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I don t always

I don’t always know what I am talking about but I know I am right.  

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I don t call

I don’t call it fear, I call it being scared to death!
– In answer to a sport magazine interviewer asking if fear is what keeps him alert.

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I don t pretend

I don’t pretend to be friendly, like most people do when they’re trying to get to the top. I AM friendly.

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I done wrestled with

I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, I handcuffed lightning, and thowed thunder in jail.

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I figured that if

I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.

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I got some last

I got some last words for Joe Frazier. I got a balloon punch and a needle punch. The balloon punch is a left jab which puffs him up.

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I hated every minute

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘ Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

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I have a lot

I have a lot of speed, I have a lot of endurance. When I am through with Frazier, he’ll need more insurance!

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I have a radar

I have a radar built inside me to avoid punches.

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I know where I

I know where I am going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I am free to be what I want.

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I ll beat him

I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on! (re: Patterson, 1965 bout)

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I love to see

I love to see my name in print. – In 1977, Ali appeared on his 24th cover of Sports Illustrated.

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I murdered a rock

I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I am so mean I make medicine sick!

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I never thought of

I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. We all have to take defeats in life.

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I out wit them

I out wit them, then I out hit them!

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I outwit them and

I outwit them, and then I outhit them

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I saw 15 000

I saw 15,000 people coming to see this man get beat. And his talking did it. I said, ‘This is a good idea!’ -re: wrestler, Gorgeous George

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I set out on

I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. I am still learning.

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I shook up the

I shook up the world!

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I should be a

I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.

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