Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. was born on January 17, 1942. After
joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, he changed his name to
Muhammad Ali. Nicknamed, "The Greatest", Ali is quoted as
saying, "I figured if I said it enough, I would convince the
world that I really was the greatest". Just as Ali's nickname
suggests, he is considered to be one of the greatest boxers that
has ever lived but there is so much more to this three time World
Heavyweight Champion than just his life inside the ring. His
statements throughout his career and life have been considered by
many to be inspirational.
Probably one of the most famous quotes from Muhammad Ali is,
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!" These famous words
can be seen on many Ali products available for sale, from shirts
to coffee mugs but it isn't the only phrase uttered from his
mouth to be on product, another famous quote from Ali, "It's not
bragging if you can back it up" is also featured on an Everlast
leather medicine ball.
Some of his quotes have gone so much farther than his life inside
the ring but also about life in general. Ali is quoted as saying,
"Inside the ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down.
It's staying down that's wrong". This statement is proof that Ali
had more to talk about than boxing, he had life, love,
friendship, as well as many more other things to talk about
Ali tackled the problem of racism by saying, "Hating people
because of their color is wrong and it doesn't matter which color
does the hating. It's just plain wrong".
Religion is also a topic that Muhammad was quoted many times.
Among those were quotes such as, "Rivers, ponds, lakes, and
streams - they all have different names but they all contain
water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths" and
"Religions all have different names, but they all contain the
same truths....I think the people of our religion should be
tolerant and understand people believe different things". From
those statements, it is evident that Ali not only had respect for
his own religion but also for the religions of others as
Despite the tough guy image that Ali may have portrayed in the
ring, he was also a man with a big heart. He believed in having a
cause to care about, "You lose nothing when fighting for a
cause....In my mind the losers are those who don't have a cause
they care about".
Muhammad Ali definitely is a man with a sense of humor. He was
quoted once as saying, "My toughest fight was with my first wife,
and she won every round".
Muhammad Ali was clearly a great boxer, but he is also a great
man, and simply an inspiration to many, "To be a great champion,
you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you
The quotes in this article are few among many. If you wish to be
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