Favorite Lines From Brilliant Minds: Muhammad Ali

  1. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
  2. "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
  3. "The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."
  4. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
  5. "It's not bragging if you can back it up."
  6. "Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are."
  7. "Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."
  8. "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."
  9. "If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."
  10. "It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."
  11. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"
  12. "The man who has no imagination has no wings."
  13. "Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer."
  14. "Don’t count the days; make the days count."
  15. "Braggin' is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”
  16. "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."
  17. "I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked."
  18. “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.”
  19. "I’d like them to say he took a few cups of love. He took one table spoon of patience. One table spoon, tea-spoon of generosity. One pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter. One pinch of concern. And then he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith. And he stirred it up well. Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime. And he served it to each and every deserving person he met."
  20. "I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him ... who stood up for his beliefs ... who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love. And if all that's too much, then I guess I'd settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people. And I wouldn't even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was."
  21. "I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."