Muhammad Ali was a boxer and three-time Heavyweight Champion of the World. He was known for being outspoken, both in person and with the press. Here are some of his famous quotes.

  1. I'm the greatest thing that ever lived. I'm so great I don't have a mark on my face. I shook up the world.
  2. Ain't no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring, unless they deserve it.
  3. Be loud, be pretty and keep their black-hatin' asses in their chairs.
  4. Don't count the days, make the days count.
  5. Eat your words! Eat your words! I am the greatest.
  6. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see.
  7. If you were surprised when Nixon resigned, just watch what happens when I whup Foreman's behind!
  8. God gave me this illness to remind me that I'm not number One; he is.
  9. Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
  10. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  11. I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.
  12. I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
  13. I don't always know what I'm talking about, but I know I'm right.
  14. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
  15. I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
  16. I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
  17. I'm gonna have to be killed before I lose, and I ain't going to die easy.
  18. I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.
  19. 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.
  20. I'm the best. I just haven't played yet.
  21. If Allah says a mosquito can pull a plow, don't ask how. Hitch him up.
  22. If my fans think I can do everything I say I can do, then they're crazier than I am.
  23. If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
  24. If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.
  25. It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
  26. It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I just beat people up.
  27. It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.
  28. It's not bragging if you can back it up.
  29. My toughest fight was with my first wife.
  30. Old age is just a record of one's whole life.
  31. Pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.
  32. Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it.
  33. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
  34. Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
  35. Superman don't need no seat belt.
  36. The man who has no imagination has no wings.
  37. The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
  38. There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
  39. To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.
  40. Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
  41. We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.
  42. When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
  43. Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.
  44. When you're as great as I am, it's hard to be humble.
  45. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
  46. Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
  47. I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
  48. I am the greatest. Not only do I knock em out, I pick the round!
  49. I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
  50. I am tired of talking.