20 Of Muhammad Ali’s Most Memorable Remarks


Muhammad Ali had a mouth on him, he would talk and taunt both inside and outside of the ring. At first, it made people consider the man, Ali as a joke, but soon enough the people came to fall in love with his bold declarations, especially since he proved quite resoundingly that he could back them up.

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Here are 20 of the most memorable remarks that the three time world heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali gave us in the course of his life.

  • My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.
  • Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it, and I didn’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God – and I insist people use it when speaking to me and of me.

  • I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
  • He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  • I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.
  • 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.
  • I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
  • 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, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.

  • 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.
  • Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.
  • God’s got me here for something. I can feel it. I was born for everything that I’m doing now.
  • I’d rather be punished here in this life than the hereafter.
  • Life is short; we get old so fast. It doesn’t make sense to waste time on hating.
  • It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.

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  • It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe
  • I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.

  • It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
  • The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.
  • I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
  • Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.