Famous Quotes By Muhammad Ali aka Cassius Clay
"Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn't choose it, and I didn't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name - it means beloved of God - and I insist people use it when speaking to me and of me."
"What's my name, fool? What's my name?" - What Ali kept yelling while winning a 1967 decision against Ernie Terrell, who had insisted on calling him Cassius Clay.
"Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change."
"Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise."
"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe."
"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."
"Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams — they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do — they all contain truths."
"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses—behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
"Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."
"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 last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
"I am America. I am the part you won't recognize, but get used to me. Black, confident, cocky -- my name, not yours. My religion, not yours. My goals, my own. Get used to me."
"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
Submitted by Glenda Y.