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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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.

All through my life, I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested.

I Ain't Got No Quarrel With The Vietcong...No Vietcong Ever Called Me Nigger.

I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights.

If you were surprised when Nixon resigned, just watch what happens when I whup Foreman's behind!

Allah is the Greatest. I'm just the greatest boxer.

I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.

I said a lot of things in the heat of the moment that I shouldn't have said. Called him names I shouldn't have called him. I apologize for that. I'm sorry. It was all meant to promote the fight.

If your mind can conceive it; and your heart can believe it - then you can achieve it.

Archie's been living off the fat of the land. I'm here to give him his pension plan. When you come to the fight don't block the door. 'Cause you'll all go home after round four.

I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.

I strongly object to the fact that so many newspapers have given the American public and the world the impression that I have only two alternatives in taking this stand: either I go to jail or go to the Army. There is another alternative and that alternative is justice. If justice prevails, if my Constitutional rights are upheld, I will be forced to go neither to the Army nor jail. In the end I am confident that justice will come my way for the truth must eventually prevail.

I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.

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