You dont lose if you get knocked down; you lose if you stay down.
I’ll tell you how I’d like to be remembered: As a black man who won the heavyweight title – Who has humorous and who never looked down on those who looked up to him – A man who stood for freedom, justice and equality – And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.
We all have the same God, we just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should believe that all people are part of one family. If you love God, you can’t love only some of his children.
Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.
Success is not achieved by winning all the time. Real success comes when we rise after we fall. Some mountains are higher than others. Some roads steeper than the next. There are hardships and setbacks but you cannot let them stop you. Even on the steepest road you must not turn back.
Don’t count the days, make the days count.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.
What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.
If you look at the world the same way when you’re 50 that you did when you were 20, then you wasted 30 years.
True success is reaching our potential without compromising our values.
What you are thinking is what you are becoming.
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.
Every day is different, and some days are better than others, but no matter how challenging the day, I get up and live it.
My toughest opponent has always been me.
It’s hard to beat a guy when he’s got his mind made up that he’s going to win.
When you’re right, nobody remembers. When you’re wrong, nobody forgets.
Rest but never quit. Even the sun has a sinking spell each evening. But it always rises the next morning. At sunrise, every soul is born again.
Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
Champions come and go, but to be legendary you got to have heart, more heart than the next man, more than anyone in the world.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
If we continue to think and live as if we belong only to different cultures and different religions, with separate missions and goals, we will always be in self-defeating competition with each other. Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love.
It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.