MUHAMMAD ALI QUOTES IV

American boxer (1942- )

Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Jet Magazine, Aug. 1992

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I wasn't just fighting one man, I was fighting a lot of men. I had to show them all that I was a man they couldn't intimidate. If I lost, I would have to listen to all the talk about how I was a bum, how I joined the wrong movement, and how I was misled. That's why it was so important for me to show them how wrong they were. I won in a third-round knockout.

MUHAMMAD ALI, about his fight with Jerry Quarry while waiting for the June 28, 1971 Supreme Court decision that would eventually overturn his conviction for violating the Selective Service Act, The Soul of a Butterfly

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I think the people of our religion should be tolerant and understand people believe different things.

MUHAMMAD ALI, CNN, Sep. 20, 2001

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Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Jan Sutton's 1000 Pocket Positives

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He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Woman's Day, Apr. 1, 2009

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Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat -- if Liston goes back an inch farther he'll end up in a ringside seat.

MUHAMMAD ALI, poem composed before his fight with Sonny Liston, 1963

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I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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If we continue to think and live as if we belong only to different cultures and different religions, with separate missions and goals, we will always be in self-defeating competition with each other. Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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Before I became a Muslim, I ate pork and chased women--but all that stuff stopped.

MUHAMMAD ALI, O Magazine, Jun. 2001

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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.

MUHAMMAD ALI, O Magazine, Jun. 2001

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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.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Book of African-American Quotations

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Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong.

MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, Ignite the Fire Within

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I can't see what God's plan is. I just know I've got to live with it.

MUHAMMAD ALI, O Magazine, Jun. 2001

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Ain't no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring, unless they deserve it.

MUHAMMAD ALI, comment after his fight with Jimmy Ellis was stopped by the referee in the twelfth round, Jul. 1971

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Now I'm not sayin' just to be funny, but I'm fightin' Ernie because he needs the money.

MUHAMMAD ALI, comment before his fight with Ernie Terrell, Feb. 1967

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You been hearing about how bad I am since you were a little kid with mess in your pants! Tonight, I'm gonna whip you till you cry like a baby.

MUHAMMAD ALI, comment to George Foreman before the "Rumble in the Jungle", Oct. 30, 1974

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Archie's been living off the fat of the land. I'm here to give him his pension plan.

MUHAMMAD ALI, comment before his fight with Archie Moore, 1962

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If you were surprised when Nixon resigned, just watch what happens when I whup Foreman's behind!

MUHAMMAD ALI, comment prior to the "Rumble in the Jungle", Oct. 30, 1974

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I tried to be the greatest boxer in the world and a good parent, too. I had instant feedback on my success as a boxer. Often, parents don't really know if what they are doing is right or wrong until their child is grown and it is too late to change any of the decisions. Whatever my failings as a parent, I am very proud of all my children. It wasn't easy for them to make their own way with such a controversial and public father.

MUHAMMAD ALI, The Soul of a Butterfly

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When I was 9, I saw a wrestler on television named Gorgeous George. He said, "I'm beautiful. I'm so pretty that if a sucker touches my face, I'll kill him. If he messes with my hair, I'll pummel him." I said to myself, "That's a good idea. I am the greatest, I'm pretty." And then I took it a little further than he did.

MUHAMMAD ALI, O Magazine, Jun. 2001

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