Muhammad Ali

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

I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.

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

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

I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.

I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.

It's not bragging if you can back it up.

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

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.


  1. Do you get the feeling he "borrowed" half his pithy sayings from others, and made half up himself?

    Two voices here. I'll give him credit for courage, and for sustained loud flashy showmanship, but not for much else.

    What am I missing?

  2. Any "borrowed" quotes in particular TZ? Not sure whar you are asking with the last question.

  3. Oh, I don't know, but remembering him in his brashest days, and his political days, I have trouble with the last three. They don't really go with the first ones.

    I don't dislike him, but I have no admiration for the way he chose to handle his success. Do you? And why? I'm always interested in learning....

  4. I also seem to remember my third-grade teacher using the "penicillin - moldy bread" comparison, and I really doubt that Sister Thecla followed Ali's career!

  5. Interesting comments TZ. I did a search on 'quote penicillin bread' and only came up with Ali.

    When I post quotes maybe I should post a disclaimer saying..

    'I don't endorse the author of the quotes.. only think that they said a few quotable sayings.' there are probably things that I would have problems with others that I have quoted.. just click on Quotes in my sidebar tagged intuitons to check out others I have quoted and you'll see some of the others I have quoted.

  6. They all sound just like Ali.

    He's over confident and brash...but he has definitely given back to the community...pressing past his personal illness to boot.

    I like the last one the best.


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