5 GREATEST Quotes to Live By from Muhammad Ali

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On Saturday, the world lost one of  The Greatest Icons of All Time – Muhammad Ali, The World’s Greatest Heavyweight Champion. His immense talent, inspiration, and courage were felt far beyond the ropes of a boxing ring. Ali died at a Phoenix-area hospital from respiratory complications, after struggling with Parkinson’s for more than 32 years. He was 74.

Looking back at his life, Muhammad Ali was a champion in and out of the boxing ring. At his peak, he was arguably the most famous man on the planet.  He  knew that, and said: “I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.” In the ring, he was a skillful and voracious fighter as his tagline says: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”

His prodigious boxing talent was matched only by a towering self-belief. “I am the Greatest,” he said, and who could doubt a man who won the World Heavyweight Championship three times. His outspoken support for civil rights endeared him to millions of people across the world.  “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth,” he reasoned.

Beyond the limelight, Ali trained hard and paid the price for success.  In the early days he said: “I hated every minute of training, but I said: `Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion,’ and “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”

Ali’s talent wasn’t just confined to the ring. He also possessed one of the deepest minds and sharpest tongues in sporting history.  USA TODAY  published  a  special tribute to the man entitled “30 of Muhammad Ali’s best quotes,” and featured a video with boxers like Oscar de la Hoya and Bernard Hopkins repeating the famous quotes from the boxing legend.

In remembering his legacy, here are FIVE of Muhammad Ali’s most memorable and inspiring one-liners to live by:

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 really was the greatest.

CHAMPIONS AREN’T MADE IN THE GYM. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision.

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.

LIVE EVERYDAY AS IF IT WERE YOUR LAST because someday you’re going to be right.

Who knows, the last quote finally came true, as the final bell has rung for Muhammad Ali on his last days on Planet Earth, and he leaves behind a powerful legacy as a man who dared to become “The Greatest!” in, and outside the ring.

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