Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.

Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.

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

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In a competition of love we'll all share in the victory, no matter who comes first.

My toughest fight was with my first wife.

The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.

What?s my name, fool? What?s my name?? [Ali to Ernie Terrell who refused to call him Muhammad Ali]

It aint bragging if you can back it up.

My way of joking is to tell the truth. That?s the funniest joke in the world.

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

What's really hurting me, the name Islam is involved, and Muslim is involved and causing trouble and starting hate and violence. ... Islam is not a killer religion. ... Islam means peace, I couldn't just sit home and watch people label Muslims as the reason for this problem.

It isn?t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it?s the pebble in your shoe.

My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.

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

When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.

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

No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.

The most beautiful fighter in the world today. He talks a great deal, and brags indeed-y, of a muscular punch that's incredibly speed-y. The fistic world was dull and weary, But with a champ like Liston, things had to be dreary. Then someone with color and someone with dash, Brought fight fans are runnin' with Cash. This brash young boxer is something to see And the heavyweight championship is his des-tin-y. This kid fights great; he?s got speed and endurance, But if you sign to fight him, increase your insurance. This kid's got a left; this kid's got a right, If he hit you once, you're asleep for the night. And as you lie on the floor while the ref counts ten, You?ll pray that you won?t have to fight me again. For I am the man this poem?s about, The next champ of the world, there isn?t a doubt. This I predict and I know the score, I?ll be champ of the world in ?64. When I say three, they?ll go in the third, two years ago So don?t bet against me, I?m a man of my word. He is the greatest! Yes! I am the man this poem?s about, I?ll be champ of the world, there isn?t a doubt. Here I predict Mr. Liston?s dismemberment, I?ll hit him so hard; he?ll wonder where October and November went. When I say two, there?s never a third, Standin against me is completely absurd. When Cassius says a mouse can outrun a horse, Don?t ask how; put your money where your mouse is! I AM THE GREATEST!

When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.

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.

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