Muhammad Ali - The Best Quotes from the G.O.A.T
Who doesn't know Muhammad Ali? "I AM THE GREATEST" - You definitely heard that one before, didn't you? We gathered the best quotes from the G.O.A.T of Boxing. For those of you who doesn't know Muhammad Ali, let's take a short look at his biography.
Muhammad Ali - Biography
Muhammad Ali was a boxer, an activist, a philanthropist and entertainer who is worldwide regarded as one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century and as the greatest boxer of all time. You heard it - the G.O.A.T of Boxing!
Born on January the 17th, 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky. Growing up in the segregated South, Muhammad experienced lot of racial prejudice, discrimnation and racism firsthand.
At the age of 12, his bike was stolen and he told the police officer, Jope Martin, that he wanted to beat up the thief as soon as he finds him. Martin told him, he first needs to learn how to fight before he can beat up the thief. Muhammad started to work out under the supervision of Martin.
Muhammad won his first amateur bout in 1945 and from that point on, his legacy started. 1956 he won the Golden Gloves tournament for novices in the light heavyweight class and 3 years later he took home first place of the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions andthe Amateur Athletic Union's national title (light heavyweight division)
In 1960 he won the light heavyweight Olympic gold medal and was seen as an American Hero. He converted to Islam during the 1970s and changed his name from Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. to Muhammad Ali.
1967 he was drafted into the military in order to join the Vietnam War. Muhammad refuse to serve and was arrested for committing a felony. They stripped of his world title and took away his boxing license. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison, but remained free during his appealing of the conviction.
They stole 3 prime years of Muhammad Ali's athelic career. 1970 he returned to the ring and won against Jerry Querry. 1971 his conviction was overturned and Muhammad Ali was free man again.
He retired at the age of 39 in1981 with a crazy record of 56 wins, 5 losses and 37 knockouts.
1984 Ali announced that he had the Parkinson's disease and despite the progression of it, he remained active as a public figure.
He died on June 3th, 2016 at the age of 74.
Muhammad Ali - Best Quotes
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
"If you even dream of beating me you would better wake up and apologize"
"Don't count the days, make the days count"
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."
"It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am."
"It's not bragging if you can back it up."
"The man who has no imagination has no wings."
"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it."
"His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see."
"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."
"It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe."
"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'm so mean, I make medicine sick."
"I shook up the world. Me! Whee!"
"A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."
"I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail."
"If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you."
"Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."