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

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

Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.

I am the greatest. Not only do I knock em out, I pick the round!

I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help, because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return.

I'm a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I'm no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won't hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.

Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn?t choose it and I don?t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name - it means beloved of God - and I insist people use it when people speak to me and of me.

I believe in Allah and in peace. I don't try to move into white neighborhoods. I don't want to marry a white woman. I was baptized when I was twelve, but I didn't know what I was doing. I'm not a Christian anymore. I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be...I'm free to be what I want.

I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.

I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.

Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat, if Liston goes back an inch farther he'll end up in a ringside seat. Clay swings with his left, Clay swings with his right, Look at young Cassius carry the fight Liston keeps backing, but there's not enough room, It's a matter of time till Clay lowers the boom. Now Clay lands with a right, what a beautiful swing, and the punch raises the Bear clean out of the ring. Liston is still rising and the ref wears a frown, for he can't start counting till Sonny goes down. Now Liston is disappearing from view, the crowd is going frantic, but radar stations have picked him up, somewhere over the Atlantic. Who would have thought when they came to the fight? That they'd witness the launching of a human satellite. Yes the crowd did not dream, when they put up the money, that they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny.

I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.

I?ll beat him so bad he?ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.

I'm retiring because there are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.

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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