Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
Superman don't need no seat belt.
Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
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.
At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
War on nations change maps. War on poverty maps change.
I never thought of losing, but now that it' s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
My toughest fight was with my first wife.
I am the greatest.
Frazier soaked it all up like a sponge. When they arrived in Manila it was the same story. Ali poured scorn on his opponent. Humiliated him. Joe had the heart of a lion but verbally he was out of his depth when Ali got going. One time, as fight day approached, Ali spotted Frazier on a hotel balcony, grabbed a security guard's gun and fired some rounds at him. Everybody knew it wasn't live ammo but it still startled the hell out of Joe. Go back in your hole, Gorilla, ... You gonna scare the people Come out again and I'm gonna kill ya before time
We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.
There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths.
I'm gonna have to be killed before I lose, and I ain't going to die easy.
I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing.
It's not bragging if you can back it up.
I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
I'm a baaaadd man.
Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.
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