Muhammad Ali quotes

Many of these quotes show how Ali influenced the Civil rights movement. Many of them emphasize his determination, courage, independence, and intelligence.

 

Champions aren´t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.”

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.”

 

 

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.”

 

 

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.”

 

 

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.”

 

 

"Next time you see me, I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee."


 

Citations:

Ali, Muhammad, "Muhammad Ali Quotes", Think Exist,  2006 <http://thinkexist.com/quotes/muhammad_ali/3.html>


 

Pictures: Muhammad Ali: Archives", Sports Illustrated, A CNN Network site, 2008 <http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/2005/11/22/gallery.tributeali/content.1.html>