MUHAMMAD ALI QUOTES III

American boxer (1942- )

Muhammad Ali quote

In a competition of love we'll all share in the victory, no matter who comes first.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn't choose it and I don't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free man -- it means "Beloved of God" -- and I insist people use it in speaking of and to me.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Book of African-American Quotations

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Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wildlife.

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

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No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson's. There's no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing.

MUHAMMAD ALI, O Magazine, Jun. 2001

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Hell no / I ain't going to go / Clean out my cell / And take my tail / To jail / Without bail / Because it's better there eating / Watching television fed / Than in Vietnam with your white folks dead.

MUHAMMAD ALI, poem about being drafted for Vietnam War, The Black Scholar, Jun. 1970

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I'm the greatest fighter in the entire world, how can I be afraid? I love people and people love me.

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

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There live a great man named Joe / who was belittled by a loudmouth foe / While his rival would taunt and tease / Joe silently bore the stings / And then fought like gladiator in the ring

MUHAMMAD ALI, poem dedicated to Joe Frazier, "The Silent Warrior"

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We are all God's people. We are prejudiced and we separate into Jews, Mexicans, Italians, but God doesn't see colors.

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

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Rocky doesn't act nothing like me. Apollo Creed, the way he dances, the way he jabs, the way he talks.... That's me.

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

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I sought advice and cooperation from those around me--but not permission.

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

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While Frazier was a man of few words / Ali was a world of mouth / but he found his place in history / Now his heart can express him well / Joe Frazier was a silent warrior / whom Ali silently admired / One could not rise without the other

MUHAMMAD ALI, poem dedicated to Joe Frazier, "The Silent Warrior"

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I'm the greatest thing that ever lived. I'm so great I don't have a mark on my face. I shook up the world.

MUHAMMAD ALI, after defeating Sonny Liston for the first time, Feb. 25, 1964

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Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.

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

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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.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing

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Tags: defeat, winning


What's really hurting me, the name Islam is involved, and Muslim is involved and causing trouble and starting hate and violence.... Islam is not a killer religion.... Islam means peace, I couldn't just sit home and watch people label Muslims as the reason for this problem.

MUHAMMAD ALI, "Muhammad Ali Defends His Religion", New York Daily News, Sep. 21, 2001

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Last night I had a dream. When I got to Africa, I had one hell of a rumble. I had to beat Tarzan's behind first, for claiming to be King of the Jungle.

MUHAMMAD ALI, poem written before his match with George Foreman, 1974

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Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, 1000 Pocket Positives

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The outgoing and spontaneous person that the world knew while I was boxing was a persona that I created to sell tickets and promote my career. In my private life, I am quiet and reflective by nature.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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Over the years my religion has changed and my spirituality has evolved. Religion and spirituality are very different, but people often confuse the two. Some things cannot be taught, but they can be awakened in the heart. Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn't belong to any particular religion; it belongs to everyone.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.

MUHAMMAD ALI, comment after losing to Ken Norton, Mar. 31, 1973

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Tags: losing