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

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.

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.

At home I am a nice guy: but I don?t want the world to know. Humble people, I?ve found, don?t get very far.

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

I think Terrell will catch hell at the sound of the bell. He's going around saying that he's a championship-fighter, but when he meets me he fall 20 pound lighter. He thinks that he's the real heavy weight champ but when he meets me, he'll just be a tramp now I'm not sayin' just to be funny, but I'm fightin' Ernie because he needs the money.

I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on. [on Floyd Patterson]

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.

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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