Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.
What you are thinking about, you are becoming.
I did not disregard my culture, if I did, it was the white American culture, and I accepted my true culture, when I accepted Mohammed Ali, because this is a black name, Islam is the black man’s religion, and so I would like to say, that I would like to clarify that point that I reclaimed my real culture, and that’s being a black man and wearing a black name with a black body, and not a white name, so I would never say that I didn’t disown my culture.
Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.
Impossible is just a big 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. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.
When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
The will must be stronger than the skill
I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.
I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.
I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
The critics only made me work harder.
A universe of doubt could never erase, The faith his heart has embraced.
All I can do is fight for truth and justice. I can’t save anybody. He’s a science fiction character, and I’m a real character.
Islam religion has no color distinction; we are just Muslims.
Money and riches don’t mean nothing to me. I don’t care nothing about being no rich individual. I’m not living for glory or for fame; all this is doomed for destruction. You got it today, tomorrow it’s gone. I got bigger things on my mind than that. I got Islam on my mind.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.
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 whip 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.
I hospitalized a rock, killed a brick…I’m so bad I make medicine sick!
My toughest fight was with my first wife.