Muham­mad Ali’s most mem­o­rable quotes

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Muham­mad Ali’s unique life ex­pe­ri­ences and supreme con­fi­dence made him one of the most quotable peo­ple ever.

The boxer’s bril­liance was not only ap­par­ent in the ring, but also in front of the mi­cro­phone, where the lo­qua­cious Ali gifted the world nu­mer­ous quotes that have stood the test of time.

Even af­ter the global icon passed away over the week­end at the age of 74, many of his fa­mous words will live on in our mem­o­ries for­ever. Here are some of our fa­vorites through­out the years:

On Sonny Lis­ton

“The crowd did not dream when they laid down their money / that they would see a to­tal eclipse of the Sonny.”

“Sonny Lis­ton is noth­ing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talk­ing lessons. The man needs box­ing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs fall­ing lessons.” “I shook up the world! I shook up the world!”

On Ge­orge Fore­man

“I’ve seen Ge­orge Fore­man shadow box­ing and the shadow won.”

“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, hos­pi­tal­ized a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”

On Joe Fra­zier

“Fra­zier is so ugly he should do­nate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.”

“It will be a killer and a chiller and a thriller when I get the go­rilla in Manila.”

“I al­ways bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Fra­zier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one hel­luva man, and God bless him.”

On Viet­nam

“I ain’t got no quar­rel with those Vi­et­cong… No Vi­et­cong ever called me n-----.”

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker peo­ple, or some poor hun­gry peo­ple in the mud for big pow­er­ful Amer­ica. And shoot them for what? They never called me n-----, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my na­tion­al­ity, rape and kill my mother and fa­ther... Shoot them for what? How can I shoot them poor peo­ple? Just take me to jail.”

Gen­eral Wis­dom

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.” “Float like a but­ter­fly, st­ing like a bee.”

On How He Wants To Be Re­mem­bered

“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.”

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