ᐅMuhammad Ali Quotes (Author of The Soul of a Butterfly)

"I can't believe some of the things I did.Can't believe it. Sayin' I was the greatest and the beautifulist and I was gonna whup this guy and that guy, sayin' I'm pretty, I can't be beat." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I don't consider myself no attractive man. People like Tom Jones and Elvis Presley - I'm not nothing like that." ~ Muhammad Ali

"It's possible for the heavyweight champion of the world to be with one woman." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I would say that I put down a lot of the white American culture, and ways, and beliefs." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I can remember a couple of real fights when I ran. Because they were kinda dangerous." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I’m young, I’m handsome, I’m fast, I’m pretty, and can’t possibly be beat. They must fall in the round I call." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Children make you want to start life over." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Truly great people in history never wanted to be great for themselves. All they wanted was the chance to do good for others and be close to God." ~ Muhammad Ali

"There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Superman don't need no seat belt." ~ Muhammad Ali

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

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

"We cannot change the Koran or make no modifications, this cannot be done, or it would no longer be holy." ~ Muhammad Ali

"When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I was saying "I'm the greatest" long before I believed it." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Love is the net where hearts are caught like fish." ~ Muhammad Ali

"We are stone enemies when the bell rings" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm the greatest fighter in the entire world, how can I be afraid? I love people and people love me." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I think we're all brothers - that's the truth. But the press gave us the name black Muslims to cut us off from the others." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I would like to say that I am not an apostle of the Muslim religion." ~ Muhammad Ali

"You know I hate fighting. If I knew how to make a living some other way, I would." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm definitely gonna be the People's champion ... but I just ain't gonna be the champ the way you want me to be the champ. I'm gonna be the champ the way I wanna be." ~ Muhammad Ali

"In America they got two policemen, five policemen and one car watching each other, each has got a pistol, one has got a machine gun, one' got a shotgun and two dogs growling at each other." ~ Muhammad Ali

"To be a follower of The Honorable Elijah Mohammed, you have to completely extain from alcohol, or fornication, adultered, killin', stealin', lyin'. I would say that the people are not rejectin' the Honorable Elijah Mohammed because they don't believe what he teach." ~ Muhammad Ali

"It's ain't sad that I want my child to look like me? Every intelligent person wants their child to look like him." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm relyin' on Almighty God, Allah, and whatever happens happens." ~ Muhammad Ali

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

"The Holy Koran, our religious book, teaches us, that we who declare ourselves to be righteous Muslims, do not participate in no wars, in no way, fashion or form, that take the lives of other humans." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm the best. I just haven't played yet." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Frazier's got two chances. Slim, and none. And Slim just left town" ~ Muhammad Ali

"The Prophet introduced a system of prayer in that it was interwoven into man's daily work: a prayer in the morning when he arose from his bed; a prayer at lunch time, as an indication that if his body needed a diet, so did his spirit; a prayer in the afternoon when he retired from his daily work; a prayer at sunset and a prayer when going to bed." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I don't count my situps. I only start counting once it starts hurting." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Lighting that torch in Atlanta didn't make me nervous. Standing up to the government - that made me nervous." ~ Muhammad Ali

"A man with no imaginations has no wings." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering." ~ Muhammad Ali

"When your mother dies, it really hurts. But with time, you get used to it. That's nature's way." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Women are not equal with men, that's sure. When the woman is in danger she always looks to the man for help. We are superior by nature. The black or white woman needn't worry in life because the world is ruled by the white man." ~ Muhammad Ali

"A fighter can condition his body to go hard certain rounds, then to coast certain rounds." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I don't know how many millions I'll make, so I have to give some back to charity. God blesses me with the money, but only if I give some away." ~ Muhammad Ali

"To the people that have said I'm too small, I'm not fast enough, I don't have what it takes, I'm not strong enough. THANK YOU" ~ Muhammad Ali

"People sold everything - their cars, their land for miles, to come in and see me beat. I went to the bank laughing every time." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I think I could beat Joe Frazier singing. I was in a Broadway musical called Big Time Buck Wright." ~ Muhammad Ali

"In the ring I can stay until I’m old and gray because I know how to hit and dance away" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked!" ~ Muhammad Ali

"Unknown Make new friends but keep the old ones; one is silver and the other's gold." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I always asked my mother, I said, 'Momma, how come is everything white?' I said, 'Why is Jesus white with blond hair and blue eyes? Why is the Lord's supper all white men? Angels are white, the Pope, Mary, and even the angels.' I said, 'Mother, when we die, do we go to Heaven?' She said, 'Naturally we go to Heaven.' I said, 'Well, what happened to all the black angels?'" ~ Muhammad Ali

"You may talk about Sweden, you may talk about Rome, but Rockville Center's Floyd Patterson's home. A lot of people said that Floyd couldn't fight, but you should have seen him on the comeback night." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Number one comes freedom first for my people and equality. And this is what I plan to do after I'm through fighting - working with nothing but the people, the little people in the alleys: the downtrodden people, going out and helping them with my image." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I have more fans and more followers and more supporters. Because the people who actually saw the Joe Frazier Muhammad Ali fight, they saw me win at least nine rounds - the people who know boxing." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can't talk. The man can't fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he's gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons." ~ Muhammad Ali

"If some black man go out and start something, a riot or something or, I'm not going to jump in it and get killed because he's gone out and started something I don't believe in what he's fighting for or his approach." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Now, if I even say the wrong thing I make the news." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I don't look like no kiwi bird" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I don't see no black and white couples in England or America walking around proud holding their children and going out." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Impossible is not a fact, it's an opinion." ~ Muhammad Ali

"All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I got it made the rest of my life, financially and in every other way. There's nobody in the world like me. I'm getting out just in time. If I was twenty seven, I could still kick ass. I don't have to beat Holmes. Why? I raised him, he worked three years as a sparring partner for me." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Black people we've been taught that we will never be free, until some will have to die, some will have to give up wealth, their loved ones, and their health, So, what I'm doin' is for myself and for justice for black people, runnin' will kill it all, it'll make me a coward." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Someone stole my bicycle and I said I was going to learn to fight so that I could catch him and beat him up. But I never did catch him. But I ended up the champ of the whole world." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I just give lip service to being the greatest. He was the greatest." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I can love freedom and the flesh and blood of my people moreso than I do the money." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I didn't deny nothing I believe. I'm still the same everything." ~ Muhammad Ali

"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." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'd like to say that Muslims are never in violence with white people. It's the black man who love you. See, you don't let him in your toilet, you don't let him in your restroom, you don't let him marry your daughter, you gotta fight. So, we're not gonna be botherin' you, you understand. Muslims don't come in, we don't have no trouble with you. It's just the integrator." ~ Muhammad Ali

"You got black people in an all-white country and they don't know nothing about themselves." ~ Muhammad Ali

"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." ~ Muhammad Ali

"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." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Things are getting much better, but I always wondered when I went to church on Sundays. I've always been one to... I'm not just a boxer." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I've been on planes flying through thunder storms when the pilot says, 'ladies and gentlemen, we tried to fly around it but we can't so it's going to be rough'.And when a pilot says it's going to be bad, it's going to be rough. And you say to youself, boy, I could have got the train." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I've got it! I've got it! It'll make front-page headlines around the world. You can have me kidnapped, and then a couple of days before the fight I'll show up again" ~ Muhammad Ali

"They can boo me, yell at me, and throw peanuts at me, as long as they pay to get in." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Black people in America will never be free so long as they're on the white man's land. We can't be free until we get our own land and our own country in North America. When we separate from America and take maybe ten states, then we'll be free." ~ Muhammad Ali

"If you love God, tear out your heart's love of the world." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I have nothing to lose by standing up and following my beliefs. So I'll go to jail, so what? We have been in jail for years." ~ Muhammad Ali

"The man who will whip me will be fast, strong and hasn't been born yet." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Do not be ashamed to give a little; for to deceive is to give still less." ~ Muhammad Ali

"In a competition of love we'll all share in the victory, no matter who comes first" ~ Muhammad Ali

"People will know you’re serious when you produce." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Floyd Paterson and other fighters, they just don't take part.They make a million dollars, they get a Rolls Royce and a nice home and a white wife and think, 'well, I made it'." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I had something to do, which most kids really need. Something they can look forward to - a goal, a purpose to work towards. Something to achieve. Keeps them out of trouble." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Not to commit faults counts for more than to do good." ~ Muhammad Ali

"If you wonder what the difference between them and me is, I'll break the news: you never heard of them. Most of them ... can fight almost as good as I can. I'm just saying you never heard of them." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times" ~ Muhammad Ali

"Elijah Muhammad teaches us the truth of God beautified the planet by separating everybody in different countries for themselves: Chinese in China, English in England, Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico, Ethiopians in Ethiopia, Arabians in Arabia, Egyptians in Egypt, and Americans took that country and stole it away so there's always going to be trouble and chaos." ~ Muhammad Ali

"During my boxing career, you did not see the real Muhammad Ali. You just saw a little boxing and a little showmanship. It was after I retired from boxing that my true work began." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Boxing is good for the livelihood but mainly, money don't really mean nothing." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I live. I travel. I eat. I pray. These are the things I do. I'd rather be in my condition than be a man with four children in a four-bedroom house, working hard every day to pay for his house, taking his children to school." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love" ~ Muhammad Ali

"If the white man ain't the devil, he's been aiming at the history of the Americans." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I wasn't thinking of being the greatest. But I knew I had a chance." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Sometimes I feel a lot of things but I keep it in. I'm sure we all have this built-in radar of what we predict and when it happens, we feel 'I knew it'." ~ Muhammad Ali

"The most powerful military country in the world, America - which makes all the guns, all the machinery, all the bullets - taught us how to shoot the guns." ~ Muhammad Ali

"The world badly needs more peaceful and loving men like Sri Chinmoy. I am a Muslim and he is serving all people of peace. Sri Chinmoy is doing so much for the world, for people of all faiths, because of his own peace and faith." ~ Muhammad Ali

"In Ali change creation faith growth hope humor life living Muhammad Ali transformation wonder If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you." ~ Muhammad Ali

"This relationship will help guarantee that, for generations to come, people of all nations will understand my beliefs and my purpose" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm the fastest thing on two feet." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Before I became a Muslim, I ate pork and chased women--but all that stuff stopped." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I saw that streak in him when he told me, 'Get the hell out of here or I'll wipe you out., I got the hell out of there, Liston really scared me." ~ Muhammad Ali

"The sweetness of life lies in dispensing with formalities." ~ Muhammad Ali

"How come the Chinese can go where I can't go in America? Englishmen can come and set up a business in white America and do things I can't do.The Puerto Rican, Hawaiians, just about everybody can do more than black people and are more respected." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I just felt the power and the meanness of the man I was messing with." ~ Muhammad Ali

"No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson's. There's no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing." ~ Muhammad Ali

"If we were second class citizens we'd be driving old Cadillacs and living good. If we were first class we'd be driving a Rolls Royce." ~ Muhammad Ali

"When I was 9, I saw a wrestler on television named Gorgeous George. He said, "I'm beautiful. I'm so pretty that if a sucker touches my face, I'll kill him. If he messes with my hair, I'll pummel him." I said to myself, "That's a good idea. I am the greatest, I'm pretty." And then I took it a little further than he did." ~ Muhammad Ali

"We black people, as a whole, are at war we'll say with the white power structure. Not physically, but we have definite protests to win the battle." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Fifty years old, 212 fights, and I'm still pretty." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I want to be the first black man on the moon" ~ Muhammad Ali

"Some gems for the greatest of them all" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm pretty as a girl." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Many people are quick to say that we are not recognized by Muslims in the East . And I start with the Honorable Elijah Mohammed. In 1959, he went throughout the Holy City of Mecca to dine and wine with Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt and all of the black, mainly the rulers of the Islamic countries." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Malcolm X got famous mainly by being hard on white people, white devils, blue-eyed blond-headed dogs." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I barely got out of school, I got out of school, mainly, because I was a champ, and I actually didn't pass. I won't name the teachers that put me through, but I want. If I was not a Muslim, or a follower of the Honorable Elijah Mohammed I couldn't talk to somebody for two minutes. I believe I can hold my own as an intelligent conversation, but it all come from the Honorable Elijah Mohammed." ~ Muhammad Ali

"There's nothing stressful about turning 50 except people reminding you about it." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Martin Luther King was bumped off unjustly, Adam Clayton Powell was bumped off unjustly, they took my title unjustly, they killed Megers Ever unjustly, all the integrators who love white folks, was unjustly kicked out of Washington, they've been deprived of education and poverty throughout the country." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I was lucky, from the age of 12 I had boxing talent and was good for my age." ~ Muhammad Ali

"We followed the Honorable Elijah Mohammed, who is the boss. And we don't waste a lot of time arguin' about a dead black man, Malcolm X, when the whites are our common enemies." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I was always at the gymnasium every day at six o'clock after school. In the mornings I would run, looking forward to future golden gloves and Olympic tournaments." ~ Muhammad Ali

"That computer was made in Alabama" ~ Muhammad Ali

"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" ~ Muhammad Ali

"The show was bad, but I was great" ~ Muhammad Ali

"Being Ali's doctor is somewhat like being gynacologist to the Queen of England. One does not have to do much to receive good press." ~ Muhammad Ali

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

"We are not Black Muslims we are Muslims. You see, you have Catholics. You have Chinese Catholics, you have Indian Catholics, you have black Catholics and white Catholics. But I'm sure you don't ask a man are you a white Catholic? Are you a Chinese are you a yellow Catholic, a red Catholic, or a white Catholic? He's just a Catholic. We have black Muslims, we have brown Muslims, we have red Muslims, we have yellow Muslims, we have even white complected Muslims, so I'd like to clear that point, this is a press word, Black Muslims." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm not into fashion at all. I always wear the same thing: dark suits. I don't even know where I get them." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Why are they picking on boxing? It's because the black men are so superior in boxing that they want to stop it. Well, the black man's so hungry he's got to fight." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Fifteen referees. I want fifteen referees to be at this fight because there ain't no one man who can keep up with the pace I'm gonna set except me. 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." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Anyhow, I don't think Don King's a very good man. But then again, I doubt that a good man *could* succeed in his business. I'm sure boxing was a dirty sport before he came around. He may have just made it moreso. So that's about all I've got to say about him." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I was asked in a way when Honorable Elijah Mohammed said take the step, choose between the wealth of America and the millions of dollars and the title, the ministry. So, I chose the ministry. If I was not sincere, then I would have easily went to Vietnam, boxin' exhibitions, and made a couple of cool million." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Mr. president, I've been a citizen of the United States of America for thirty three years and was never invited to the White House. It sure gives me pleasure to be invited to the Black House." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Believe me, a thousand friends suffice thee not; In a single enemy thou hast more than enough." ~ Muhammad Ali

"That's okay, I'm still the Greatest." ~ Muhammad Ali

"The teachings of Elijah Muhammad on how black people have been brainwashed.How they've been taught to love white and hate black, how we've been robbed of our names in slavery.We were robbed of our culture, we were robbed of our true history. So it left us a walking dead man." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Who is the descendant of the slavemasters a descendant of slaves to fight other people in thier own country?" ~ Muhammad Ali

"Will be a divine fight, a holy war...Armageddon on a miniature scale." ~ Muhammad Ali

""I'm the greatest thing that ever lived! I'm the king of the world! I'm a bad man. I'm the prettiest thing that ever lived. I shook up the world! I want justice..."" ~ Muhammad Ali

"Holmes is so ugly, his grandmother said when he started to cry the tears would stop and roll down the back of his head." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I would like to say boxing cannot compared with war. We have gloves on, we have cushions, we have referees, we have judges, we have ambulances there, the intention not to kill, we don't have steel there, we don't have bullets, we don't kill momma, kill daddy, kill baby, our intention is a sport, and we're not there to kill, so boxing cannot be compared in no way with machineguns and bombs and everything that used." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I wanted to keep these trunks as a souvenir." "Now look at them." "They were splattered with blood." ~ Muhammad Ali

"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 apologise for that. I'm sorry. It was all meant to promote the fight." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I said I was the greatest, not the smartest." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I have to be real cool and not savage and radical, because it makes me angry when I think about it when I see the white boys, who are really the number one citizens, the future rulers." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Black men - one might be the president. Well, America's in too much trouble - I don't want that job now." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Boxing is just to introduce me to the struggle. Like, when I speak I draw people in the States to teach them various things or to give them dignity, pride and self-help. I have to help the dope and prostitution problem." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm the greatest, I'm a bad man, and I'm pretty!" ~ Muhammad Ali

"That all you got, George?" ~ Muhammad Ali

"Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I didn't even need America, I was so popular outside the country, until the prosecutin' attorney came from Washington, and said, judge, we cannot let this man go to Japan and fight, because they are anti-American.Now, if I want to leave the country, I know how to leave. Tomorrow. Quick. Easy. If I really want to leave. That's not the intention. The intention is to stop me from makin' a livin'. To punish me." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Everything the black people are doing comes from the Honorable Elijah Mohammed. They are black now, they don't want to be called Negroes. This come from the Honorable Elijah Mohammed." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I just try to stay half way decent looking. Boxing's a rough sport and you get hit a lot." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I tell you what I really fear. I fear aeroplanes. When the flight's all right and smooth I'm still thinking, 'what if the engine blow up?' 'What if a fool's got a bomb on it?'" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I make predictions about what I'm going to do before a fight, that makes me nervous because I've gotten so good at it until people really look for me to do it.If I say the man's going to fall in round five, like your man Henry Cooper here, he was stopped in round five but it was on a cut - it wasn't because he was out. But usually 'm on the spot with my predictions and some people really gamble and bet money on the rounds I say." ~ Muhammad Ali

"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." ~ Muhammad Ali

"The same people that are with me for not going to Vietnam because I saved them and their children.The same people will give me hell if I turn to them and say, 'let's free my people now'.They're with me on one part of my beliefs about the war, that's all. Not for my freedom." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise." ~ Muhammad Ali

"This boldness in telling the truth overshadows sport greatly. You couldn't get Joe Frazier or no boxer on this show and get interest in a subject like this. He couldn't talk about it." ~ Muhammad Ali

"You can be free. You can be black. Look at me! I'm the Heavyweight Champion! Can't nobody stop me." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I was always curious. And I always wondered why I had to die to go to Heaven." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Catching flies is better training than hitting the speed bag" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I’m gonna whup whoever stole my bike!" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Stay away from the ropes" ~ Muhammad Ali

"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 everyday. 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!" ~ Muhammad Ali

"All I want now is to be a nice, clean gentleman. I've proved my point. Now I'm going to set an example for all the nice boys and girls. I'm through talking" ~ Muhammad Ali

"God works through people. It’s not me." ~ Muhammad Ali

"My definition of evil is unfriendliness." ~ Muhammad Ali

"You made a big mistake by letting me come, because now I'm going after your job" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm going to, not I'm gonna. Talk intelligent" ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'd like to live to a hundred." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm most proud of my family." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Don't ever squeeze a fighter's hand, man. You're doing good just to lay your eyes on me" ~ Muhammad Ali

"The word had spread and people were piling around us. But then very suddenly, Sonny Liston froze me with that look of his. He said real quiet, 'Let's go on over here.' And he led the way to a table and the people hung back. I ain't going to lie. This was the only time since I have known Sonny Liston that he really scared me." ~ Muhammad Ali

"The fact is I never was too bright in school. I just barely graduated. I had a D- average. I ain't ashamed of it, though. I mean, how much do principals make a month?" ~ Muhammad Ali

"So I didn't pass. It was the army's decision that they didn't want me to go into the service. They're the boss. I don't want to say no whole lot about it." ~ Muhammad Ali

"It's impossible for 30 million black people to be violent against 170 million - we need a mental revolution, unity in coming together, and not physical." ~ Muhammad Ali

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

"I have a beautiful daughter, beautiful wife.They look like me, we all happy and I don't have no trouble. And I ain't that much in love with no woman to go through that hell - ain't no one woman that good." ~ Muhammad Ali

"If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you - until you get your revenge." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't!" ~ Muhammad Ali

"You can't take no Chinese man and give him no Puerto Rican woman and talking like they're in love and emotionally in love and physically." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Floyd Paterson? Boy, he's the complete opposite to me. He no way like me. They go down in history for just being athletes. I'm getting more praise and credit for doing what I'm doing now on this show than coming here and beating five of your English champions." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Oh! how the hours hasten to change into days, the days into months, the months into years, and those into life's annihilation!" ~ Muhammad Ali

"So when I heard that we don't have our names, we don't speak our true Arabic language, we were robbed of Islam, our true religion, and we've been made deaf, dumb, and blind in slavery.And Elijah Muhammad was taught by Allah, who we refer to as God, to teach us the truth that will free us.And when I heard it, I've been free ever since. I have no racial problems, I don't go where I'm not wanted." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I won the Olympic gold medal in Rome, Italy. Olympic champion. The Russian standing right here, and the Pole right here." ~ Muhammad Ali

"But when I looked at a lot of the questions they had on them army tests, I just didn't know the answers. I don't even know how to start after finding the answers. That's all." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Boxing's a rough sport. After every fight I rush to the mirror to make sure I'm presentable." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I started out making $4 for my first fight, but imagine paying $25,000 for a painting...look at me!" ~ Muhammad Ali

"Put yourself out on a limb, sucka, like me!" ~ Muhammad Ali

"It all started to come together when I realized that boxing was how I was going to succeed in life." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Who would have thought when they came to the fight? That they'd witness the launching of a human satellite." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I tried to get into the mind of my opponent and psyche him out." ~ Muhammad Ali

"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." ~ Muhammad Ali

"The crowd did not dream when they laid down their money that they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny!" ~ Muhammad Ali

"Frazier soaked it all up like a sponge. When they arrived in Manila it was the same story. Ali poured scorn on his opponent. Humiliated him. Joe had the heart of a lion but verbally he was out of his depth when Ali got going. One time, as fight day approached, Ali spotted Frazier on a hotel balcony, grabbed a security guard's gun and fired some rounds at him. Everybody knew it wasn't live ammo but it still startled the hell out of Joe.] Go back in your hole, Gorilla, You gonna scare the people! Come out again and I'm gonna kill ya before time!”" ~ Muhammad Ali

"There were so many fellows ranked over me I couldn't just whoop them all. I had to out-shadow them by talking." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I was in a Broadway musical called Big Time Buck Wright.The play didn't make it but I was a success. It lasted six days but I sung four songs and there were critics, seriously, in New York who said that my part was perfect. So I can beat Joe Frazier singing." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Friendship is definitely the most difficult detail on the globe to elucidate. It is really not something you understand at school. But if you have not realized the which means of friendship, you truly have not realized anything." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'm so fast I run through a hurricane and not get wet. George Foreman is gonna pay me a dept." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I'll leave you with one that I have hanging on my office wall, compliments of Nike: Impossible is nothing." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Emmett Till and I were about the same age. A week after he was murdered... I stood on a corner with a gang of boys, looking at pictures of him in the black newspapers and magazines. In one, he was laughing and happy. In the other, his head was swollen and bashed in, his eyes bulging out of their sockets, and his mouth twisted and broken... I couldn't get Emmett Till out of my mind, until one evening I thought of a way to get back at white people for his death." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Who would thought only of themselves and kill their race? You would hate other people if you don't want to stay who you are." ~ Muhammad Ali

"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." ~ Muhammad Ali

"We're not trying to take power away or rule anybody - we're just trying to get up from under the rulers." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I still looked the same - I had a swollen jaw." ~ Muhammad Ali

"Life is like a ship. There's people dancing on a ship.There's a lot of money on the ship, but I cannot integrate on the ship or get equality on the ship.And I never could. I'm just in the galley working and I never could get up to see the captain of the ship." ~ Muhammad Ali

"If I kept my mouth shut, because I can make millions, that isn't doing nothing." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I don't call myself a political figure but I'm taken to be." ~ Muhammad Ali

"They say actually every time I enter the ring, in a way, I`m going to the war. They say to me daily, you are a prized fighter, what`s the difference? And I like to say to those critics of the press and the others that there is one hell of a lot of difference in fighting in a ring and going to war in Vietnam." ~ Muhammad Ali

"On my twelfth birthday, I got a new bicycle as a present from my folks, and I rode it to a fair that was being held at the Columbia Gymnasium, and when I come out, my bike was gone. I was so mad I was crying, and a policeman, Joe Martin, come up and I told him I was going to whip whoever took my bike. He said I ought to take some boxing lessons to learn how to whip the thief better, and I did. That's when I started fighting." ~ Muhammad Ali

"I never push in front my muscles, only my religion, so I'm protected." ~ Muhammad Ali