Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has died at the aged of 74 at a hospital outside Phoenix, Arizona, after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s. He is widely regard as the best of all time as he is three-time heavyweight world champion also won Olympic gold.
Here are a list of Ali’s selected quotes which will be remembered, always…
‘Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee, your hands can’t hit, what your eyes can’t see.’ – Prior to his fight against Foreman in 1974.
‘If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.’
‘I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.’
‘It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.’
‘ A man who has no imagination has no wings’
‘It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.’
‘Live every day like it’s your last because someday you’re going to be right.’
‘A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted thirty years of his life.’
‘I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.’
‘I am so fast that last night I turned off the light switch and was in bed before the room was dark.’
‘Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beating each other up.’
‘Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it, and I didn’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name, and I insist people using it when speaking to me and of me.’
‘It will be a killer and a chiller and a thriller when I get the gorilla in Manila.
‘I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
‘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.’
‘There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.’
‘I am the greatest, I’m the greatest that ever lived. I don’t have a mark on my face.’
‘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.’
‘Don’t count the days; make the days count.’
‘It’s not bragging if you can back it up.’