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There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
– 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.
All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.
The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.
I don’t have to be what you want me to be.
People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.
We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don’t want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don’t want to live with the white man; that’s all.
My trainer don’t tell me nothing between rounds. I don’t allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It’s too late for advice.
I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
My toughest fight was with my first wife.
I’m the greatest thing that ever lived! I’m the king of the world! I’m a bad man. I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
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, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
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.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them.
I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
My principles are more important than the money or my title.
If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you – until you get your revenge.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.
To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the U.S.A. won the medal of gold. The Greeks said, ‘You’re better than the Cassius of old.’