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Muhammad Ali: 10 Most Inspiring Quotes

Jorge Sette By Jorge Sette Published on June 6, 2016

Two months before the beginning of the Rio Olympic Games, the world was saddened by the death of one the most celebrated athletes of all time. Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 17, 1942, passed away on June 5th after battling Parkinson’s disease for more than three decades.

The heavyweight boxing champion was one of the most beloved public figures of the 20th century. Ali left his mark way beyond the world of sports; he was a fierce fighter for the civil rights movement and an unwavering pacifist. Not only did he have an imposing physical presence (at six foot three), his personality was equally impressive. He expressed himself clearly outside the ring on topics including racism, the Vietnam War, and religion. Here is a collection of some of his most insightful quotes:

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.'

2. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

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3.  Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.

4. The word 'Islam' means 'peace.' The word 'Muslim' means 'one who surrenders to God.' But the press makes us seem like haters.

5.  Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don't belong anymore to anyone, that I'm not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.

6. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.

7. It’s not bragging if you can back it up.

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8. I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.

9. I've done my celebrating already. I said a prayer to Allah.

10. Why are all the angels white? Why ain't there no black angels?

Indeed!

Jorge Sette is Bookwitty's Regional Ambassador for South America. He represents the company, writing relevant content for the region, recruiting contributors, contacting partners and ... Show More

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I love quote " 5.  Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don't belong anymore to anyone, that I'm not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one. "  How wonderful to see someone find such liberation. To find the power and self confidence to throw off your name and choose the name that embodies you as yourself. That is a glowing moment of self realization. We take names from our parents and inherit from them a history, a culture and cloak of personality that determines so much of who we are. How many of us smother our dreams under that cloak. How many of us hide the true colour and light of our being behind grey cloaks of history, place and time. This quote inspires me to shrug off the cloak of name and  in the words of WB Yeats lay down my cloak for the world to walk on but ask the world to take care for when you walk upon that cloak you walk upon my dreams.

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