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

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 have the world heavyweight title not because it was 'given' to me, not because of my race or religion, but because I won it in the ring through my own boxing ability.

I'd like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter, one pinch of concern, and then, he mix willlingness with happiness, he added lots of faith, and he stired it up well, then he spreads it over his span of a lifetime, and he served it to each and every deserving person he met.

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

Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn?t matter which color does the hating. It?s just plain wrong.

I knew I had him in the first round. Almighty God was with me. I want everyone to bear witness, I am the greatest! I'm the greatest thing that ever lived. I don't have a mark on my face, and I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned twenty-two years old. I must be the greatest. I showed the world. I talk to God every day. I know the real God. I shook up the world, I'm the king of the world. You must listen to me. I am the greatest! I can't be beat!

If Ali says a mosquito can pull a plow, don't ask how. Hitch him up.

A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing.

He's too ugly to be the champ! [on champion Sonny Liston]

I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.

If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.

Ain't no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring, unless they deserve it.

Howard Cosell was gonna be a boxer when he was a kid?only they couldn't find a mouthpiece big enough.

I love boxing and it did a lot for me. But sometimes it made me think how savage human beings could be to each other. That wasn't the kind of boxer I wanted to be. My strategy was to be as scientific as I could when I fought. I didn't want to be seriously hurt, and I didn't want to do that to anybody else either.

If you dream of beating me, you?d better wake up and apologize.

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.

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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