Great inspirational Muhammad Ali quotes

Nicknamed ‘The Greatest’, Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer and philanthropist.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr on 17 January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Here are some great inspirational Muhammad Ali quotes

inspirational quotes by Muhammad Ali

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

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

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

Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.

inspirational Muhammad Ali quotes

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

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

Muhammad Ali Quote I am the greatest

I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.

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

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

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

Whilst many famous black celebrities openly acknowledge their belief and use of the law of attraction,

Muhammad Ali was a convert to Islam.  However, he made many quotes that could  show his belief in the law of attraction.

This video explains what islam says about the law of attraction.

Muhammad Ali Law of Attraction Quotes

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.

Muhammad Ali quotes - the law of attraction

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.

What keeps me going is goals.

What you are thinking is what you are becoming.

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

I do not believe in taking a right decision, I take a decision and make it right.

In 1964 Ali failed the U.S. Armed Forces qualifying test due to his dyslexia which led to one of his great quotes,

“I said I was the greatest, not the smartest!”

However in 1966 he was reclassified and made eligible for induction into the U.S. Army. Ali refused to be drafted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War.

As a result his boxing license was suspended and he was stripped of his world title.

Muhammad Ali Quotes on Racism

Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?

Muhammad Ali quotes on racism

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

I’m color blind. I love people. Black, white, rich or poor.

My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother or some darker people or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America.

inspirational Muhhamad Ali quote on racism

I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.

I don’t trust anyone who’s nice to me but rude to the waiter. Because they would treat me the same way if I were in that position.

In 1962, Clay met Malcolm X, who soon became his spiritual and political mentor. After his victory over former champion Sonny Liston, Clay officially announced he had joined the Nation of Islam and had been renamed Muhammad Ali.

In 1972 Ali went on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca which inspired him in a similar manner to Malcolm X.  The experience of meeting people of different colours from all over the world gave him a different outlook and greater spiritual awareness.

Ali’s friendship with Malcolm X ended when Malcolm split with the Nation of Islam but Ali remained with the Nation of Islam.  In later years Ali said that turning his back on Malcolm was one of the mistakes he regretted most in his life.

Muhammad Ali Quotes on Religion

Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it and I don’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free man — it means “Beloved of God” — and I insist people use it in speaking of and to me.

Muhamad Ali quote on religion

I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.

I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world.

Christians are my brothers, Hindus are my brothers, all of them are my brothers. We just think different and believe different.

There’s truth in Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, all religions. And in just plain talking. The only religion that matters is the real religion – love.

A long time ago, I took a walk down a street in Harlem in New York City. I came upon a man who asked me for a dollar. He had asked a few other people before me, but they only passed him by without glancing his way. I stopped and handed the man some money. As I began to turn away, he reached out and shook my hand. He looked me in the eyes and said, “I will bless you.” Now, I’m not saying that was God Himself. But how do we know that it wasn’t someone working for him, walking around in disguise, just to see what we would do?

Over the years my religion has changed and my spirituality has evolved. Religion and spirituality are very different, but people often confuse the two. Some things cannot be taught, but they can be awakened in the heart. Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn’t belong to any particular religion; it belongs to everyone.

We are all God’s people. We are prejudiced and we separate into Jews, Mexicans, Italians, but God doesn’t see colors.

You’re my opposer when I want freedom; You’re my opposer when I want justice; You’re my opposer when I want equality; You won’t even stand up for me in America for my religious beliefs and you want me to go somewhere and fight, but you won’t even stand up for me here at home.

Muhammad Ali Quotes on Adversity

Muhammad Ali quotes on adversity

Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.

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.

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.

No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room.

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.

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.

Ali was a humanitarian and philanthropist who donated millions to charity organizations and disadvantaged people of all religious backgrounds.

In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease which led to a gradual decline in his health. He worked to raise awareness and fund research for a cure.

On June 3 2016, Ali died in hospital at the age of 74.