Muhammad Ali Quotes

These Muhammad Ali quotes are amazingly insightful, motivating, and humorous. Muhammad Ali is considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time.

Muhammad Ali Quotes Index

Age
Believe
Goals
God / Religion
Greatness
Hate / War
Humorous
Imagination
Independence
Love
Prosperity
Risks
Winning

Age

“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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Believe

“It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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Goals

“What keeps me going is goals.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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God / Religion

“We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.
~ Muhammad Ali

“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams and they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do and they all contain truths.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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Greatness

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
~ 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

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Hate / War

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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Humorous

“Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.” ~ Muhammad Ali “If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“It's not bragging if you can back it up.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“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.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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Imagination

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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Independence

“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

“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.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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Love

“Love is a net that catches hearts like a fish.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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

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Prosperity

“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.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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Risks

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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Winning

“Champions aren´t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.”
~ 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.''”
~ Muhammad Ali

“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

“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.”
~ Muhammad Ali

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