Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. (aka Muhammad Ali), R.I.P.

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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

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I don’t have to be what you want me to be.

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

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I’m the greatest thing that ever lived! I’m the king of the world! I’m a bad man. I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived.

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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.

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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.

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People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.

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The man who has no imagination has no wings.

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I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.

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The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.

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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.

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I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.

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Quotes: Muhammad Ali

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