Last name Ever, first name Greatest: 11 memorable quotes by Muhammad Ali

Published: June 4, 2016


Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer the world has ever seen, passed away on Friday. He was struggling with Parkinson’s disease and was being treated for a respiratory issue earlier this week.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74

Ali was one of the most recognisable faces in the world during the ’70s and became known as “The Greatest.” He’s gone, but his wisdom and fiery statements shall remain a source of inspiration for generations to come.

Here are a few powerful quotes by the quick-witted and quick-hitter:

1. Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee, your hands can’t hit, what your eyes can’t see

The three-time heavyweight boxing champion. PHOTO: TELEGRAPH

2. Live every day like it’s your last because someday you’re going to be right

Heroes, it doesn’t matter if they’ve lost an arm or a leg, heroes are still beautiful- George Foreman on Ali. PHOTO: TWITTER

3. 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

Thrilla in Manila. PHOTO: THEGUARDIAN

4. The will must be stronger than the skill

Muhammad Ali lit up the Olympics torch in 1996. PHOTO: MIRROR

Muhammad Ali put on life support as condition worsens

5. Impossible is just a 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 potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing

He was a staunch supporter of Black pride. PHOTO: SALON

6. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life

Muhammad Ali with Sylvester Stallone PHOTO: THEACADEMY

7. Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will

Muhammad Ali with Martin Luther King. PHOTO: THENATION

Muhammad Ali on how he would like to be remembered:

8. I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest

Muhammad Ali with Pele. PHOTO: DAILYMAIL

9. In the ring we have a referee to stop the fight if one man should become too hurt physically. Boxing is nothing like going to war with machine guns, bazookas, hand grenades and bomber airplanes

Fighting like a champion,always. PHOTO: BOXING.COM

10. He (God) gave me Parkinson’s syndrome to show me I’m just a man like everyone else. To show me I’ve got human frailties like everybody else does. That’s all I am: a man

The legend who never turned down a fight. PHOTO: TRIBUNE

11. 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 fighter passed away at the age of 74. PHOTO: WORDPRESS

Rest in peace, legend.


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Reader Comments (3)

  • Pakistani
    Jun 4, 2016 - 9:12PM

    Allah please give us more nice people like him.Recommend

  • Vijay K
    Jun 5, 2016 - 6:39AM

    I love this quote from him the best “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.”
    Millions of blacks in America who still bear their slave owner’s names and religion- their culture, identity and religion stolen away from them due to slavery- will be inspired from this great man. Mohammad Ali, my brother, Rest in peace.Recommend

  • straightshooter
    Jun 5, 2016 - 12:48PM

    Just got to see his 1971 interview. He was ‘cool’, way before this word was even invented. RIP.Recommend

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