—A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
—At home, I am a nice guy, but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.
—Friendship...is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
—Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
—I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
—I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
—It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
—Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn't choose it and I don't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name—it means beloved of God—and I insist people use it when people speak to me and of me.
—No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.
—Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams—they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do—they all contain truths.
—Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
—Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
—There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
—To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
—Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
—We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.
—When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
—I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free.
—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.