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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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.

For every struggle that Joe survived, for every dispute he endured, to rise, Joe will go down in history as a model for champions to come. While Frazier was a man of few words, Ali was a world of mouth, but he found his place in history. now his heart can express him well. Joe Frazier was a silent warrior, whom Ali silently admired. One could not rise without the other.

I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I?m so mean I make medicine sick.

I?m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.

Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.

I don't always know what I'm talking about but I know I'm right.

I?m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren?t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn?t know about them.

Friendship ? is not something you learn in school. But if you haven?t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven?t learned anything.

I figure I?ll be champ for about ten years and then I?ll let my brother take over ? like the Kennedys down in Washington.

I?ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing. And the shadow won.

Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold, but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold; for gold is cold & lifeless - it can neither see nor hear, in time of trouble its powerless to cheer - it has no ears to listen, no heart to understand, it cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand. So when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if sends not diamonds, pearls or riches but the love of real true friends. ** Response to Harold Bell, question about his view on friendship - Interview (video)

I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.

I?ve wrestled with alligators, I?ve tussled with a whale. 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.

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