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Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most significant sporting figures in history. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring. Clay was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and began training when he was 12 years old. At 22, he won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in an upset in 1964. Shortly after that, Clay converted to Islam, changed his "slave" name to Ali, and gave a message of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination. wikipedia
Quotes from The Greatest: 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: Reflections on Life's Journey * See more
“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
“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
“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
“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 the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” ~ Muhammad Ali
“I'm a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I'm no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won't hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.” ~ Muhammad Ali, The Greatest My Own Story
“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right.” ~ Muhammad Ali
“What you're thinking is what you're becoming.” ~ Muhammad Ali
“The Service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” ~ Muhammad Ali
“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
“Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong.” ~ Muhammad Ali
“I’ve wrestled with alligators,
I’ve tussled with a whale.
I done handcuffed lightning
And throw thunder in jail.
You know I’m bad.
just last week, I murdered a rock,
Injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick.
I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”
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