Muhammad Ali shocked the world when he became the Heavyweight champion of boxing. Not only was he a great fighter, a hard worker and an icon of the sport – he was an inspiration to millions and left behind him some incredible messages of advice, inspiration, motivation and wisdom.
We’ve gather our 21 best Muhammad Ali quotes, although there were hundreds to choose from.
We hope this will provide that little extra motivation to take you from a stated of confusion, doubt and distraction to a state of being focused, motivated and ready to take on the world.
So here’s our top 21 best Muhammad Ali quotes.
1.) “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”
2.) “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision.”
3.) “Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.”
4.) “I don’t count the sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count. That’s what makes you a champion.”
5.) “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
6.) “A man who has no imagination has no wings.”
7.) “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.”
8.) “I hated every minute of training, but I said “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
9.) “I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.”
10.) “It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
11.) “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
12.) “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
13.) “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
14.) “I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.”
15.) “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
16.) “I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.”
17.) “Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”
18.) “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
19.) “I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.”
20.) “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”
21.) “Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
To quote the great Muhammad Ali one more time: “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
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