I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Champions aren’t made in gyms. 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.
Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
What you are thinking about, you are becoming.
When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.
I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.
I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.
The will must be stronger than the skill
I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.
A universe of doubt could never erase, The faith his heart has embraced.
The critics only made me work harder.
I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
I’m the greatest, I’m a bad man, and I’m pretty!
It’s not bragging if you can back it up.
When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
I calculate that I took 20,000 punches, but I earned millions and kept a lot of it. I may talk slow, but my mind is OK.
All I can do is fight for truth and justice. I can’t save anybody. He’s a science fiction character, and I’m a real character.