Happy Birthday, Muhammad Ali

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‘The Greatest’ would have turned 75 today, if he hadn’t succumbed to his long battle with Parkinson’s syndrome last June. To remember a fighter that was as quick with his mouth as he was with his gloves, here are 20 of Ali’s most iconic quotes.

  1. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.”


  1. “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”


  1. “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”


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


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


  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’.”


  1. “I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.”


  1. “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”


  1. “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.”


  1. “A man who has no imagination has no wings.”


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


  1. “I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”


  1. “Don’t count the days — make the days count.”


  1. “How tall are you? So I can know in advance how far to step back when you fall down.”


  1. “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”


  1. “Bragging is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”


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


  1. “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”


  1. “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”


  1. “I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.”