MUHAMMAD ALI QUOTES II

American boxer (1942- )

Muhammad Ali quote

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Esquire, Feb. 2012

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Comedy is a funny way of being serious. My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Esquire, Feb. 2012

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There were so many fellows ranked over me I couldn't just whoop them all. I had to out-shadow them by talking.

MUHAMMAD ALI, interview with Michael Aisner, 1966

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For the black man to come out superior would be against America's teachings. I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.

MUHAMMAD ALI, interview with Roger Ebert, "Watching Rocky II With Muhammad Ali"

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

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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My soul has grown over the years, and some of my views have changed. As long as I am alive, I will continue to try to understand more because the work of the heart is never done.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, "Ali's Quotes", BBC Sport: Boxing, Jan. 17, 2007

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Allah is the Greatest. I'm just the greatest boxer.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure

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I need to be famous so I can talk about religion. I can talk about God. It's an expensive price that I have to pay to be the most famous man on earth and I do it with pleasure only for God. My fight is only and introduction to the real fight, the one for God. Fighting by itself doesn't interest me anymore. I want to help people, the black people and I need any kind of media to spread my thought: God, charity, peace.

MUHAMMAD ALI, "New Again: Muhammad Ali", Interview Magazine

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I hated the sight on TV of big, clumsy, lumbering heavyweights plodding, stalking each other like two Frankenstein monsters, clinging, slugging toe to toe. I knew I could do it better ... circle, dance, shuffle, hit and move ... make an art out of it.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Book of African-American Quotations

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It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life

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

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Dark Horses & Underdogs: The Greatest Sports Upsets of All Time

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A long time ago, I took a walk down a street in Harlem in New York City. I came upon a man who asked me for a dollar. He had asked a few other people before me, but they only passed him by without glancing his way. I stopped and handed the man some money. As I began to turn away, he reached out and shook my hand. He looked me in the eyes and said, "I will bless you." Now, I'm not saying that was God Himself. But how do we know that it wasn't someone working for him, walking around in disguise, just to see what we would do?

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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Christians are my brothers, Hindus are my brothers, all of them are my brothers. We just think different and believe different.

MUHAMMAD ALI, O Magazine, Jun. 2001

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

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, A Season in Words: A Coach's Guide to Motivation from the Preseason to the Postseason

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I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, A Season in Words: A Coach's Guide to Motivation from the Preseason to the Postseason

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I hated every minute of training, but I said don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, A Season in Words: A Coach's Guide to Motivation from the Preseason to the Postseason

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I love boxing and it did a lot for me. But sometimes it made me think how savage human beings could be to each other. That wasn't the kind of boxer I wanted to be. My strategy was to be as scientific as I could when I fought. I didn't want to be seriously hurt, and I didn't want to do that to anybody else either.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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The greater our level of understanding, the harder the tests become.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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Service to others is the rent we pay for our room in Heaven.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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