Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, and philanthropist. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated figures of the 20th century, and is frequently ranked as the best heavyweight boxer of all time.
There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.
I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.
I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
I’ve been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.
If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you – until you get your revenge.
I figure I’ll be champ for about ten years and then I’ll let my brother take over – like the Kennedys down in Washington.
We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don’t want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don’t want to live with the white man; that’s all.
It’s in my blood to be around people while I was training.
No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson’s. There’s no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing.
When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.
Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.
Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wild Life.
I calculate that I took 20,000 punches, but I earned millions and kept a lot of it. I may talk slow, but my mind is OK.
You can’t keep your mind on fighting when you’re thinking about a woman. You can’t keep your concentration. You feel like sleeping all the time.