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The Greatest Of All Time - 10 Quotes from Muhammad Ali
10 Quotes from Muhammad Ali
Service to others is the
rent to pay for your
room here on Earth
After retiring from boxing, Ali donated
to many organisation, set up his own
philanthropy foundation (Muhammad
Ali Parkinson Center) and was selected
to be the UN Messenger of Peace for his
work in developing nations.
He once gave $100 to every homeless
person lined up to see him.
“He who is not courageous
enough to take risks will
accomplish nothing in life”
Muhammad Ali missed more than
three prime years of his athletic career
because he refused to fight in the
He risked losing his world title to avoid
going against his religious principles.
“Don’t quit. Suffer now
and live the rest of
your life a champion”
Nicknamed “The Greatness” - remains
the only 3 times heavyweight champion.
He was awarded for his work by 2
presidents; Bill Clinton and George W.
“The Best Way To Make Your Dreams
Come True Is To Wake Up”
He started boxing after his bicycle
got stolen at a young age.
Witnessing his own potential, he
trained and endured on to become
the youngest heavyweight
champion boxer at 22.
“I don’t count my sit-ups, I
only start counting when
it hurts because those are
the only ones that count.”
training regime paid off as he
went on to win 31
consecutive wins before his
first professional loss.
“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from
something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a
vision…the will must be stronger than the skill.”
He justified his arrogance flair,
proved his critics wrong umpteen
times and self-fulfilled his vision that
he set upon himself as he was
crowned ‘Sportsman of the Century’
“I know I got it made while the
masses of black people are
catchin’ hell, but as long as
they ain’t free, I ain’t free.”
Muhammad Ali was regarded as one of
the pioneer inspirations of racial
liberation as he showcased exemplary
principles and the possibilities of
achievements to his people.
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.
He sacrificed his heavyweight title
during his suspension. After the
charges were dropped, he fought his
way to the championship to regain
the title once again.
“I am an ordinary man who
worked hard to develop the
talent I was given.
I believed in myself, and I believe
in the goodness of others.”
When fans wanted to build a museum to
commemorate his achievements, he rebuffed
them and insisted that he wanted a place that
would inspire people to be the best that they
could be at whatever they choose to do, and to
be respectful of one another.
“Live every day like it’s
your last, because
someday you’re going
to be right.”
His body may have passed on… but his legacy will be
remembered by athletes and philanthropists today.