Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.

Muhammad
Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.
1942

American World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion, Pacifist, Philanthropist and Social Activist

Author Quotes

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

Now I had won the gold medal. But it didn't mean anything, because I didn't have the right color skin.

The outgoing and spontaneous person that the world knew while I was boxing was a persona that I created to sell tickets and promote my career. In my private life, I am quiet and reflective by nature.

When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.

It?s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.

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.

The Service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.

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.

It?s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.

Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me! - young Cassius Clay to heavily favored thug Sonny Liston during the weigh in before Cassius wins his first title and changes his name to Muhammad Ali.

There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.

When you're as great as I am, it's hard to be humble.

It's a lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.

Religions all have different names, but they all contain the same truths. ... I think the people of our religion should be tolerant and understand people believe different things.

There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.

Where do you think I'd be next week if I didn't know how to shout and holler and make the public take notice? I'd be poor and I'd probably be down in my home town, washing windows or running an elevator and saying

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

Rumble young man! Rumble!

There live a great man named Joe who was belittled by a loudmouth foe. While his rival would taunt and tease Joe silently bore the stings. and then fought like gladiator in the ring.

While I'm talking to you I'm thinking up the greatest short poem of all time. This poem tells how it feels to be great as I am: Me - wheee!

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

Service to others is the price that you pay for your place here on Earth.

There?s not a man alive who can whup me. I?m too fast. I?m too smart. I?m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That?s the only way I?ll ever get licked.

You been hearing about how bad I am since you were a little kid with mess in your pants! Tonight, I'm gonna whip you till you cry like a baby.

Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.

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First Name
Muhammad
Last Name
Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.
Birth Date
1942
Bio

American World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion, Pacifist, Philanthropist and Social Activist