Cassius Clay in March of 1964.
The following are some of my favorite quotes (the best, I think, are highlighted in bold.
You may prefer others instead):
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.
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.
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams—they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do—they all contain truths.
It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
Life is so, so short. Bible says it’s like a vapor.
What keeps me going is goals.
All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.
Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
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.
If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
I’m just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.
The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.
I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!
I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
It’s not bragging if you can back it up.
Don’t feel sorry for me.
— Muhammad Ali