American boxer (1942- )

Muhammad Ali quote

I done handcuffed lightning / And throw thunder in jail / You know I'm bad / Just last week / I murdered a rock / Injured a stone / Hospitalized a brick / I'm so mean, I make medicine sick.

MUHAMMAD ALI, a poem written after his match with George Foreman, 1974


Tags: boxing

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 , The Soul of a Butterfly


Tags: God, religion

Float like a butterfly! Sting like a bee! Rumble, young man! Rumble! Waaa!

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Greatest: My Own Story


Tags: boxing

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

MUHAMMAD ALI, interview, Playboy, Nov. 1975


Tags: old age

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, attributed, Muhammad Ali: The People's Champion


Tags: America

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, The Greatest: My Own Story


Parkinson's is my toughest fight. No, it doesn't hurt. It's hard to explain. I'm being tested to see if I'll keep praying, to see if I'll keep my faith. All great people are tested by God.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Esquire, Feb. 2012


Tags: Parkinson's Disease, God

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, The Soul of a Butterfly


Tags: boxing, fame

Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 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? No I'm not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. 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, attributed, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties


Tags: war

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, interview with David Frost, 1972


Tags: love, kindness

Watching George come back to win the title got me all excited. Made me want to come back. But then the next morning came, and it was time to start running. I lay back in bed and said, "That's okay, I'm still the Greatest."

MUHAMMAD ALI, Esquire, Feb. 2012


Tags: boxing

If Ali says a mosquito can pull a plow, don't ask how. Hitch him up.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Time Magazine, Jun. 14, 1999


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 twelve, 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, Sports Illustrated, Mar. 9, 1964


It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

MUHAMMAD ALI, BBC Sport, Jan. 17, 2007


Tags: boxing

Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them--a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster. They have to have the skill and the will, but the will must be stronger than the skill.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Reader's Digest, Mar. 1998


Tags: winning, willpower

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Newsweek, 1975


Tags: imagination

It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Muhammad Ali


Tags: humility

This life is not real. I conquered the world and it did not bring me satisfaction.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing


Tags: life, reality

What you are thinking about, you are becoming.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Esquire, Feb. 2012


Tags: thought

Women are the field that produces our nation. And if you can't protect your women, you can't protect your nation.

MUHAMMAD ALI, interview, Playboy, Nov. 1975


Tags: women