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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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.

Silence is golden when you can?t think of a good answer.

To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.

I'm so mean I make medicine sick

Jokes? There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all.

Since I won't let the critics seal my fate, they keep hollering I'm full of hate. But they don't really hurt me none, 'cause I'm doing good and having fun.

To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russians, and I beat the Pole, and for the USA won the medal of gold. Italians said: You're Greater than the Cassius of old??. We like your name, we like your game, so make Rome your home if you will. I said I appreciate your kind hospitality, but the USA is my country still, 'cause they're waiting to welcome me in Louisville.

I'm the best. I just haven't played yet.

Just last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick. I?m so mean, I make medicine sick. I?m so fast, man, I can run through a hurricane and don't get wet. when George Foreman meets me, he?ll pay his debt. I can drown the drink of water, and kill a dead tree. Wait till you see Muhammad Ali.

Sting like a bee!

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