Last week we lost Muhammad Ali. The three-time world heavyweight boxing champion and activist was the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century.
Ali was more than the sum of his athletic gifts. An agile mind, a buoyant personality, a brash self-confidence and an evolving set of personal convictions fostered a magnetism that the ring alone could not contain.
It’s what he taught us-even as he fought an incurable Parkinson’s disease for more than thirty years that tried to silence him- outside the boxing ring of life. If you’ve ever felt like you are trying to build something out of nothing or feel like you’ve even been on the ropes, here are some Ali quotes to help remind us why we keep getting up.
- “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
- “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
- “What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they sure can make something out of you.”
- “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
- “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
- “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
- “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”