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Muhammad Ali Quotes About Life and Motivation

“ No woman on this whole earth can please me and cook for me and socialise and talk to me like my American black woman. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The only limitations one has, are the ones they place on themselves ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’m the king of the world, I am the greatest, I’m Muhammed Ali, I shook up the world, I am the greatest, I’m king of the world, I’m pretty, I’m pretty, I’m a baaaad man, you heard me I’m a baaad man, Archie Moore fell in four, Liston wanted me more, so since he’s so great, I’m a make him fall in eight, I’m a baaad man, I’m king of the world! I’m 22 years old and ain’t gotta mark on my face, I’m pretty, I easily survived six rounds with that ugly bear, because I am the greatest. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I did not take the name, I just named myself Cassius Clay, this is a honorable, Mohammed Ali, given to me by my religious leader and teacher, the Honorable Elijah Mohammed, and I would like to say that Mohammed means in Arabic “one who is worthy of praise” and one praiseworthy, and Ali means the most High, but the slave name Clay meant dirt with no ingredients. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Get up sucker and fight. Get up and fight ”- Muhammad Ali

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

“ Money and riches don’t mean nothing to me. I don’t care nothing about being no rich individual. I’m not living for glory or for fame; all this is doomed for destruction. You got it today, tomorrow it’s gone. I got bigger things on my mind than that. I got Islam on my mind. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Once the Choice is Made, Do Not Look Back, Do Not Second-Guess Your Decisions ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting, because then it really counts. That’s what makes you a champion. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I don’t smoke but I keep a match box in my pocket, when my heart slips towards sin, I burn the matchstick and heat my palm with it, then say to myself, “Ali you can’t even bear this heat, how would you bear the unbearable heat of hellfire?”# ”- Muhammad Ali

“ When you’re right, nobody remembers. When you’re wrong, nobody forgets. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ You’re not going to enjoy every minute of the journey, but the success you’ll find at the end will make it all worth it. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ When you come to the fight Don’t block the halls and don’t block the door, for y’all may go home after round four. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ What keeps me going is goals. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Islam is against killing, terrorism, and murder. People who commit these acts in the name of Islam are wrong. And if I had a chance I would do something about it. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The worst man is the one who sees himself as the best. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Be obedient to your superior, and your inferior will obey you. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. Don’t tell me I can’t do something. Don’t tell me it’s impossible. Don’t tell me I’m not the greatest. I’m the double greatest. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ To succeed,all I need to do is suffer. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ You dont lose if you get knocked down; you lose if you stay down. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I believe in Allah and in peace. I don’t try to move into white neighborhoods… I don’t want to marry a white woman. I was baptized when I was 12, but I didn’t know what I was doing. I’m not a Christian anymore. I know where I’m going and I know the truth and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Home is the place you can go when you’re whipped. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’ll tell you how I’d like to be remembered: As a black man who won the heavyweight title – Who has humorous and who never looked down on those who looked up to him – A man who stood for freedom, justice and equality – And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The man of least capacity is the one who shows himself incapable of self-correction. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ There’s nothing wrong with getting knocked down, as long as you get right back up. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ If a man takes five showers a day, his body will be clean. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I have not lost Allah’s hope in us to show compassion where none exists and to extend mercy in the most difficult of circumstances. We as Muslims must lead by example. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Most people don’t pray until they’re in trouble. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’m sure no intelligent white person, in his or her right white mind, want black men and women marrying their white sons and daughters and in return introducing their grandchildren to half brown, kinky haired black people. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The sun is always shining someplace. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ There comes a time in every person’s life when he has to choose the course his life will take. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I came back to Louisville after the Olympics with my shiny gold medal. Went into a luncheonette where black folks couldn’t eat. Thought I’d put them on the spot. I sat down and asked for a meal. The Olympic champion wearing his gold medal. They said, “We don’t serve niggers here.” I said, “That’s okay, I don’t eat ’em.” But they put me out in the street. So I went down to the river, the Ohio River, and threw my gold medal in it. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I do a lot of reading, a lot of studying. I ask questions, I’ll go out, travel these countries, I’ll watch how their people live, and I learn. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Allah is the Greatest. I’m just the greatest boxer. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ How could they say that my religion, Islam was a ‘race hate’ religion after all the plunder and enslavement and domination of my people by white Christians in the name of white supremacy? ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ It isn’t the mountains that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The more we help others, the more we help ourselves ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn’t belong to any particular religion; it belongs to everyone ”- Muhammad Ali

“ If the culprits are Muslim, they have twisted the teachings of Islam. Whoever performed, or is behind, the terrorist attacks in the United States of America does not represent Islam. God is not behind assassins. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ When you saw me in the boxing ring fighting, it wasn’t just so I could beat my opponent. My fighting had a purpose. I had to be successful in order to get people to listen to the things I had to say. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I run on the road long before I dance under the lights. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ There Comes A Time, Persons, Courses ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Champions come and go, but to be legendary you got to have heart, more heart than the next man, more than anyone in the world. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The bull is stronger, but the matador is smarter. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ 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. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ True success is reaching our potential without compromising our values. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Boxing is a stepping stone just to introduce me to the audience. If I was still in Louisville, Kentucky and never was a boxer I still might get killed next week in some kind of freedom struggle and you’d ever hear the news. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ It’s hard to beat a guy when he’s got his mind made up that he’s going to win. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ There ain’t no such thing as black Muslims. That’s how they tried to cut off all my brothers in the rest of the world and divide us in America and make other Muslims think that we are not with them.We are all the same. I recognise them and they recognise me. I’m invited to all of their homes all over the world and I’m invited to Muslim countries. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The man who has no imagination has no wings. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ 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. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The one without dreams is the one without wings. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’d like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter, one pinch of concern, and then, he mix willingness with happiness, he added lots of faith, and he stirred it up well, then he spreads it over his span of a lifetime, and he served it to each and every deserving person he met. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Why do I want my wife to show off her panties when the wind blows? Horses show their behinds, and cows and mules, not humans. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ 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. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ All through my life, I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ My main fight is for freedom and equality. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ There are billions of people in the world, and every one of them is special. No one else in the world is like you. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Praying five times a day helps me clean my mind. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I was the first one in the gym, and the last one to leave. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ If you look at the world the same way when you’re 50 that you did when you were 20, then you wasted 30 years. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. ”- Muhammad Ali

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

“ When a man says I cannot, he has made a suggestion to himself. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which otherwise would have been accomplished. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ No one starts out on top. You have to work your way up. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ My health is in the hands of Allah, who has ways of testing us. Whatever happens, happens. I a’int the greatest – it’s Allah. I gave myself a job. I work for God. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Every day is different, and some days are better than others, but no matter how challenging the day, I get up and live it. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Islam religion has no color distinction, we are just Muslims. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Christians are my brothers, Hindus are my brothers, all of them are my brothers. We just think different and believe different. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Success is not achieved by winning all the time. Real success comes when we rise after we fall. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Outrun the people who quit when they feel discomfort, outrun the people who stop because of despair, outrun the people who are delayed because of prejudice, outrun the people who surrender to failure, and outrun the opponent who loses sight of the goal. Because if you want to win, the will can never retire, the race can never stop, and faith can never weaken. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ 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 ”- Muhammad Ali

“ God will not place a burden on a man’s shoulders knowing that he cannot carry it. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ What I will remember most about Mr Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Rest but never quit. Even the sun has a sinking spell each evening. But it always rises the next morning. At sunrise, every soul is born again. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Champions have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I believe in the holy Koran. It says we declare ourselves to be righteous Muslims and do not take part in wars, or in no way fashion or form take the lives of humans unless it’s a holy war declared by God himself. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ In the big leagues everyone has ability. It always comes down to mind games. Who ever is more mentally strong-wins. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ If we continue to think and live as if we belong only to different cultures and different religions, with separate missions and goals, we will always be in self-defeating competition with each other. Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I love boxing and it did a lot for me. But sometimes it made me think how savage human beings could be to each other. That wasn’t the kind of boxer I wanted to be. My strategy was to be as scientific as I could when I fought. I didn’t want to be seriously hurt, and I didn’t want to do that to anybody else either. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I try to learn as much as I can because I know nothing compared to what I need to know. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ But after they get what they want, they slow down. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The roughest and toughest fighter I fought was Joe Frazier ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ What you are thinking is what you are becoming. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ My toughest opponent has always been me. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Jokes? There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ You could be the world’s best garbage man, the world’s best model; it don’t matter what you do if you’re the best. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Do you know why I’m the fastest heavyweight in the world? I’m the only heavyweight that trains underwater! ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’m a Muslim. I’ve been a Muslim for 20 years. . . . You know me. I’m a boxer. I’ve been called the greatest. People recognize me for being a boxer and a man of truth. I wouldn’t be here representing Islam if it were terrorist. . . . I think all people should know the truth, come to recognize the truth. Islam is peace. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I am grateful for all my victories, but I am especially grateful for my losses, because they only made me work harder. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ What counts in the ring is what you can do after you’re exhausted. The same is true of life. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Miss America was always white. All the beautiful brown women in America, beautiful sun tans, beautiful shapes, all types of complexions, but she always was white.And Miss World was always white, and Miss Universe was always white.And the angel fruit cake was the white cake and the devil food cake was the chocolate cake.I said, ‘Momma, why is everything white?’ I always wondered. And the President lived in the White House. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ This life is not real. I conquered the world and it did not bring me satisfaction. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ There’s a reason I’m known – to bring people to Allah, to God. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ We all have the same God, we just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should believe that all people are part of one family. If you love God, you can’t love only some of his children. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ You lose nothing when fighting for a cause … In my mind the losers are those who don’t have a cause they care about. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’ve never really resented hard work because I’ve always liked it. Up every morning for roadwork. Going to the gymnasium every day at 12 o’clock. I never change my pattern. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Tolerance and understanding won’t ‘trickle down’ in our society any more than wealth does. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The greater our level of understanding, the harder the tests become. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ If you are not the best, then pretend you are ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The will must be stronger than the skill. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The woman is the fiber of the nation. She is the producer of life. A nation is only as good as its women. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ You don’t want no pie in the sky when you die, You want something here on the ground while you’re still around. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ We have one life / It soon will be past / What we do for God / Is all that will last. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Wouldn’t it be a beautiful world if just 10 percent of the people who believe in the power of love would compete with one another to see who could do the most good for the most people? ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.… If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ We can’t be brave without fear. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ How many push ups do you do? I don’t know. I only starts counting when it starts hurting ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’m gonna have to be killed before I lose, and I ain’t going to die easy. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Whether it’s boxing, basketball, or badminton, one must be ready to succeed before entering the arena…long before the lights come up. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help, because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Success is not achieved by winning all the time. Real success comes when we rise after we fall. Some mountains are higher than others. Some roads steeper than the next. There are hardships and setbacks but you cannot let them stop you. Even on the steepest road you must not turn back. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road. I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. I am still learning. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone and hospitalized a brick. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ My soul has grown over the years, and some of my views have changed. As long as I am alive, I will continue to try to understand more because the work of the heart is never done. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’ll destroy you. I am the master of disaster. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I outwit them, and then I outhit them ”- Muhammad Ali

“ If I could meet anybody? The prophet Muhammad. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ God gave me Parkinson’s syndrome to show me I’m not ‘The Greatest’ – he is. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ It’s the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. 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. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself ”- Muhammad Ali

“ For the black man to come out superior would be against America’s teachings. I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ My main purpose is to pray five times a day. And that’s not easy. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Thomas Hauser, Muhammad Ali (1996). “Muhammad Ali in perspective”, Harpercollins ”- Muhammad Ali

“ 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. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’m going to show you how great I am! ”- Muhammad Ali

“ When I meet a new person, I don’t see race or religion. I look deeper. We must learn to satisfy our conflicts peacefully and to respect one another. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Women are the field that produces our nation. And if you can’t protect your women, you can’t protect your nation. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Our only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment to making the world a better place for all. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ When people need help they pray a lot. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ God gave me this illness to remind me that I’m not Number One; He is. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Just remember that you don’t have to be what they want you to be. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Enjoy your children, even when they don’t act the way you want them to. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ What’s really hurting me, the name Islam is involved, and Muslim is involved and causing trouble and starting hate and violence. … Islam is not a killer religion. … Islam means peace, I couldn’t just sit home and watch people label Muslims as the reason for this problem. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Whatever the challenge was, however unattainable the goal may have seemed, I never let anyone talk me out of believing in myself. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ A black, a Puerto Rican and a Mexican are in a car. Who’s driving? The police. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ You can go to Japan, China, all the European, African, Arab, and South American countries, and man, they know me. I can’t name a nation where they don’t know me. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I had it in my heart. I believed in myself, and I had confidence. I knew how to do it, had natural talent and I pursued it. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ If Ali says a mosquito can pull a plow, don’t ask how. Hitch him up. ”- Muhammad Ali

“ 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. ”- Muhammad Ali