47 Best Muhammad Ali Quotes On Success and Life

Best Muhammad Ali Quotes

Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxer of 20th century. Muhammad Ali was three times world heavyweight champion between 1964 and 1980. He was really an inspiring and at the same time controversial personality of 20th Century. He was the only person who was named “The Fighter of the Year” Six times by Ring Magazine and also ranked as greatest athlete of the 20th century by the Sports Illustrated.

Before converting to Islam, Muhammad Ali’s original name was Cassius Clay, born and brought up in Louisville, Kentucky. He started his boxing training at the age of 12 and merely at the age of 18, he won the gold medal in the light heavyweight division at 1960 Summer Olympics after that he turned into professional boxer and then rest is history.

Muhammad Ali also faced difficult time in his life when he refused to serve in 1967 Vietnam war due to his religious reason. He got arrested, his boxing license was revoked and they even strip off his boxing titles. Later his conviction got overturned in 1971 by U.S Supreme court but by that time he was not fought for 4 years and lost the peak performance period. If you want to know in deep about the life of Muhammad Ali you can read his book :”The Greatest, My Own Story“.

In spite of that there is no doubt that Muhammad Ali has inspired millions of people through his hard work and charitable activities. There are many things we can learn from Muhammad Ali and implement in our life. Let’s take a look at best Muhammad Ali Quotes.

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List of 27 Best Muhammad Ali Quotes On Success and Life

1. “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”

~Muhammad Ali

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

~Muhammad Ali

3. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by 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”

~Muhammad Ali

4. “You don’t have to be in a boxing ring to be a great fighter. As long as you are true to yourself, you will succeed in your fight for that in which you believe”

~Muhammad Ali

5. “We can’t be brave without fear”

~Muhammad Ali

6. “I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others”

~Muhammad Ali

7. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”

~Muhammad Ali

8. “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything”

~Muhammad Ali

9. “I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help, because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return”

~Muhammad Ali

10. “I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count”

~Muhammad Ali

11. “Throughout my life, I never sought retribution against those who hurt me because I believe in forgiveness. I have practiced forgiving, just as I want to be forgiven. Only God knows what’s in a person’s heart, his true intentions. He sees and hears all things”

~Muhammad Ali

12. “One person with knowledge of his life’s purpose is more powerful than ten thousand working without that knowledge”

~Muhammad Ali

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

~Muhammad Ali

14. “You don’t have to be in a boxing ring to be a great fighter. As long as you are true to yourself, you will succeed in your fight for that in which you believe”

~Muhammad Ali

15. “When we devote all of our actions to a spiritual goal, everything that we do becomes a prayer”

~Muhammad Ali

16. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”

~Muhammad Ali

17. “Even when I knew people were cheating me, what was important was how I behaved, because I have to answer to God. I can’t be responsible for other people’s actions: They will have to answer to God themselves”

~Muhammad Ali

18. “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

19. “Truly great people in history never wanted to be great for themselves. All they wanted was the chance to do good for others and be close to God”

~Muhammad Ali

20. “What keeps me going is goals”

~Muhammad Ali

21. “God’s got me here for something. I can feel it. I was born for everything that I’m doing now”

~Muhammad Ali

22. “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked”

~Muhammad Ali

23. “Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man”

~Muhammad Ali

24. “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

25. “The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most”

~Muhammad Ali

26. “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am”

~Muhammad Ali

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

~Muhammad Ali

28. “Life is short, we get old so fast. It doesn’t make sense to waste time on hating”

~Muhammad Ali

29. “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize”

~Muhammad Ali

30. “When you believe in God, you should believe that all people are part of one family. If you love God, you can’t love only some of his children”

~Muhammad Ali

31. “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was”

~Muhammad Ali

32. “At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far”

~Muhammad Ali

33. “We all have the same God, we just serve him differently”

~Muhammad Ali

34. “Don’t count the days, make the days count”

~Muhammad Ali

35. “Bragging is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say”

~Muhammad Ali

36. “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong”

~Muhammad Ali

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

~Muhammad Ali

38. “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

39. “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right”

~Muhammad Ali

40. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”

~Muhammad Ali

41. “To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are”

~Muhammad Ali

42. “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up”

~Muhammad Ali

43. “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill”

~Muhammad Ali

44. “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you”

~Muhammad Ali

45. “The man with no imagination has no wings”

~Muhammad Ali

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

~Muhammad Ali

47. “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

48. “Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong”

~Muhammad Ali

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Last thing to my readers, I would like to know in comments, Which of the  above Muhammad Ali quotes you like the most ?

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Neeraj Kaple

Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes articles which motivates/inspire people to achieve their goals. He also writes about software's, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides on his another Blog Techmazic.com.

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