Simply put, Muhammad Ali was a badass motherfucker in his heyday. He was the heavyweight champion of jarring one-liners, and epic trash-talking. Muhammad Ali talked a mad game but proved several times he could back it up. Not only was he a force inside the ring, but his actions outside the ring were commanding and forceful.
Ali was a man that stood by his purpose and values. My favorite thing about him was that he didn’t give two shits what people thought. He challenged the status quo and fought for what he believed in. He encouraged everyone to believe in themselves, reach for the stars, and go after their dreams.
Muhammad Ali is the embodiment of confidence. His extreme confidence even came off as arrogant. But his confidence stemmed from his intrinsic belief that he was the greatest; even if he wasn’t. He consistently used the power of self-talk to build and maintain his confidence.
Here are some of the most powerful Muhammad Ali quotes that will inspire you to get you off your ass.
I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.
Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
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.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
My principles are more important than the money or my title.
I wrestled with an alligator, I tussled with a whale, I handcuffed lightning and thrown thunder in jail. Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.
To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If not, pretend you are.
If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.
My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.