“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.

“I’ve been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.”

Muhammad Ali.

“The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.”

Muhammad Ali.

“My lectures, based on Islamic teachings, were on various subjects. Some of the titles were, ‘The Intoxication of Life,’ ‘The Purpose of Life,’ ‘The Real Cause of Man’s Distress,’ ‘The Journey to the Goal in Life,’ and, one of my favorites, ‘The Heart of Man.’ They contained important insights that spoke to something deep inside me.”

Muhammad Ali.

“My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.”

Muhammad Ali.

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

Muhammad Ali.

“My trainer don’t tell me nothing between rounds. I don’t allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It’s too late for advice.”

Muhammad Ali.

“Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.”

Muhammad Ali.

“Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right – when he knocks you down, you’ll sleep for the night; and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.”

Muhammad Ali.

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

“Never put your money against Cassius Clay, for you will never have a lucky day.”

Muhammad Ali.

“I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.”

Muhammad Ali.

“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.”

Muhammad Ali.

“Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.”

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.

“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.

“The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.”

Muhammad Ali.

“I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”

Muhammad Ali.

“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

Muhammad Ali.

“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.”

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.

“Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.”

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.”

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.

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

Muhammad Ali.

“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”

Muhammad Ali.

“My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.”

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.

“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.”

Muhammad Ali.

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

Muhammad Ali.

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

Muhammad Ali.

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

Muhammad Ali.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

Muhammad Ali.

“If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”

Muhammad Ali.

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