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82 Muhammad Ali Quotes About Life (TRAINING)

Top 10 Most Famous Muhammad Ali Quotes (BEST)

“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.”

Muhammad Ali
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
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.
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.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Rumble, young man, rumble.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Rumble, young man, rumble.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
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.
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.
You don’t have to be in a boxing ring to be a great fighter. As long as you are true to yourself, you will succeed in your fight for that in which you believe.
You don’t have to be in a boxing ring to be a great fighter. As long as you are true to yourself, you will succeed in your fight for that in which you believe.
A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
Don’t count the days; make the days count.
Don’t count the days; make the days count.

2 Muhammad Ali Quotes About Friendship

Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold, but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold.
Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold, but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold.
Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.

12 Muhammad Ali Quotes on Training and Success

“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.”

Muhammad Ali
It takes pride and tiger’s drive to build up the confidence, the ego the power to defeat an opponent in the ring.
It takes pride and tiger’s drive to build up the confidence, the ego the power to defeat an opponent in the ring.
I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.
I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
It’s funny, but those who hate me the most sometimes inspire me the most.
It’s funny, but those who hate me the most sometimes inspire me the most.
The critics only made me work harder.
The critics only made me work harder.
It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If not, pretend you are.
To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If not, pretend you are.
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.
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.
I loved the smell of horse and hay and the sight of their beautiful bodies. Somehow it inspired me to train harder so my body could be in condition like that.
I loved the smell of horse and hay and the sight of their beautiful bodies. Somehow it inspired me to train harder so my body could be in condition like that.
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.
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.

12 InspirationalMuhammad Ali Quotes on Life

“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.”

Muhammad Ali
The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.
The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
A man who has no imagination has no wings.
A man who has no imagination has no wings.
We can’t be brave without fear.
We can’t be brave without fear.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right.
Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.
I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.
I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.
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.
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.
When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.
When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.

14 Muhammad Ali Quotes that Will Make You Think

“I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.”

Muhammad Ali
I don’t trust anyone who’s nice to me, but rude to a waiter because they would treat me the same if I were in that position.
I don’t trust anyone who’s nice to me, but rude to a waiter because they would treat me the same if I were in that position.
Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
We spend more time learning how to make a living than we do learning how to make a life.
We spend more time learning how to make a living than we do learning how to make a life.
Each time I thought I had achieved my ‘life’s purpose,’ I discovered it was only another step in my journey.
Each time I thought I had achieved my ‘life’s purpose,’ I discovered it was only another step in my journey.
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.
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.
It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am.
It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.
It’s not bragging if you can back it up.
It’s not bragging if you can back it up.
I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.
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.
I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.
What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.
Life is so, so short. Bible says it’s like a vapor.
Life is so, so short. Bible says it’s like a vapor.
Jokes? There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all.
Jokes? There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all.
My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.
My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.

10 Muhammad Ali Quotes About Boxing

There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you — until you get your revenge.
If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you — until you get your revenge.
I know no fighter can survive the loss if he feels sorry for himself when he’s defeated.
I know no fighter can survive the loss if he feels sorry for himself when he’s defeated.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
You lose nothing when fighting for a cause. In my mind the losers are those who don’t have a cause they care about.
You lose nothing when fighting for a cause. In my mind the losers are those who don’t have a cause they care about.
Too many easy victories can ruin a fighter just as much as a long line of defeats.
Too many easy victories can ruin a fighter just as much as a long line of defeats.
I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.
I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.
I know I can learn to hit without getting hit.
I know I can learn to hit without getting hit.
People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.
People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.
When you want to talk about who made me, you talk to me. Who made me, is me.
When you want to talk about who made me, you talk to me. Who made me, is me.

10 WiseMuhammad Ali Quotes to Live By

Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
My principles are more important than the money or my title.
My principles are more important than the money or my title.
My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.
My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.
Give up what appears to be doubtful for what is certain. Truth brings peace of mind, and deception doubt.
Give up what appears to be doubtful for what is certain. Truth brings peace of mind, and deception doubt.
Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.
Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise.
I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.
I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.
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.
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.
To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
Think well of all, be patient with all, and try to find the good in all.
Think well of all, be patient with all, and try to find the good in all.
Recognize how every moment of our journey is an important part of the growth of our soul.
Recognize how every moment of our journey is an important part of the growth of our soul.

12 Funny Muhammad Ali Quotes

I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat.
I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.
Braggin' is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.
Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.
If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.
If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
I got speed and endurance. You’d better increase your insurance.
I got speed and endurance. You’d better increase your insurance.
When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.
I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.
I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked.
I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.
I'm so mean, I make medicine sick.
I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.
I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!
He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!
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.
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.
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.
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.

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