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Top 55 Muhammad Ali Quotes About Life

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Muhammad Ali the champion, a boxing legend who motivated people around the world with his achievement and wisdom while he was alive and even after his death.

You are going to read 55 Muhammad Ali quotes about life. Every quote I read for him inspired and encouraged me to be a better person despite hardships. I hope you can get these positive vibes as well.

I gathered a collection of top of his inspirational quotes about training, life, and success.

Muhammad Ali Quotes About Life

1. “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

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

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

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

5. “The man who has no imagination has no wings.”

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

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7. “Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.”

8. “Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”

9. “If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”

10. “My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.” – Muhammad Ali

11. “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.”

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12. “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.”

13. “I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.”

14. “A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.”

15. “Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.”

16. “Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”

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17. “My principles are more important than the money or my title.”

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.”

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

20. “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali

21. “Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

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

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23. “The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.”

24. “Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.”

25. “I’m just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.” – Muhammad Ali

26. “I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times. Who was humorous and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him, and who helped as many people as he could. As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love. And if all that’s too much, then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people. And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.”

27. “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.”

28. “We can’t be brave without fear.”

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

30. “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

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

32. “I don’t trust anyone who’s nice to me, but rude to a waiter because they would treat me the same if I were in that position.”

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

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

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34. “It’s funny, but those who hate me the most sometimes inspire me the most.”

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

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37. “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.”

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

39. “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.”

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40. “The critics only made me work harder.” – Muhammad Ali

41. “My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.”

42. “I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.”

43. “I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.”

44. “Think well of all, be patient with all, and try to find the good in all.” 

45. “We spend more time learning how to make a living than we do learning how to make a life.”

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

47. “Too many easy victories can ruin a fighter just as much as a long line of defeats.”

48. “I love children. I can never pass them by without saying something to them. They make you want to start life all over again.”

49. “When you win so long, so much, you forget — you think your name will win. You forget the sacrifices, the work that goes into winning.”

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

51. “When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich.”

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52. “Recognize how every moment of our journey is an important part of the growth of our soul.”

53. “No one starts out on top. You have to work your way up. Some mountains are higher than others, some roads steeper than the next. There are hardships and setbacks, but you can’t let them stop you. Even on the steepest road, you must not turn back. You must keep going up. In order to reach the top of the mountain, you have to climb every rock.”

54. “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”

55. “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