I haven’t seen such a confident man like Muhammad Ali in my life. I mean he was having so confidence in himself that not only reflects in his wordings but also in his boxing. He considers himself “the greatest” and he proved it every time he jumps into the boxing ring. And eventually he was nicknamed as, “the greatest”.

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He won a gold medal in 1960 in Rome and won the heavyweight championship three times in a row. He was one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time. Throughout his 25 years long career he amassed 56 wins and only 5 losses. In 1999, he was tagged as “Sportsman of the Century” by sports Illustrated and “Sports personality of the Century” by the BBC.

His fighting style, trashing talks, idioms and confidence had made him the Sports icon and had played as big part in his rise to fame as his victories in the ring. I’ve collected the most inspiring lines said by the Great Muhammad Ali throughout his career.

So are you ready for the goosebumps guys? Here we go.

The Famous Sayings by the Great Muhammad Ali

On Olympics Success

When he won gold medal in Rome in 1960 at Olympics, he says:

To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole.

And for the USA won the medal of gold. The Greeks said you’re better than the Cassius of old.

On Being The Greatest

I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ‘em out, I pick the round.

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.

On being Fast

There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.

I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.

On Boxing

I wrestled with an alligator, I tussled with a whale, I handcuffed lightning and 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.

If you dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologies.

Float like a butterfly sting like a bee – his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.

On Belief

It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.

What you are thinking is what you are becoming.

If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.

To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If not pretend you are.

On Training

I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

On Life

If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.

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.

What keeps me going is goals.

Impossible is just a big word thrown around my 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.

Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.

A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.

All these were sayings of Muhammad Ali that has been inspiring millions of people from the past 50 years. So, do you liked the post? Are you inspired after reading this? Tell me your reaction after reading this in comments and don’t forget to inspire your friends by sharing it.


    • You’re right Krishan, these things are worth following. Especially the kind of confidence he carry even before entering into the ring, he was so damm confident!

  1. Hi Vishnu,

    Lovely quotes indeed, and you know I love quotes and must have them on almost all my posts, so anywhere I see them, they are an immediate source of inspiration for me. More so, Muhammad Ali was an inspirational personality. Nice ones 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂


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