Late Friday evening, boxing legend Muhammad Ali breathed his final breath and died at the age of 74. . For three decades, Muhammad Ali suffered with Parkinson’s Disease. Although his health continued to decline, Ali continued to fight. This fight was not in the ring, he fought to live.
Throughout his life, Ali inspired people with his impact on boxing, civil rights, education and overall success. There is a scripture in the Bible that says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” – Proverbs 18:21. Muhammad Ali certainly had a way with words. It was those words that led Muhammad Ali to greatness and the reason why we will never forget him. Below are ten of his most memorable and inspiring quotes.
“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 was really the greatest.”
“I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
“We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.”
“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
“God’s got me here for something. I can feel it. I was born for everything that I’m doing now.”
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
“Stay in College, get the knowledge, stay there until you are through. If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something of you!”
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
“Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”
“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.”
In an Instagram post, Ali’s daughter shared, “All of his organs failed, but his heart wouldn’t stop beating. For 30 minutes… his heart just kept beating…A true testament to the strength of his Spirit and Will!” Muhammad Ali lived and died on his own terms.
Mr. Ali – you have fought the good fight. Rest in Peace.