15 of Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Quotes

Muhammad Ali turns 70 today and the boxing legend has his fair share of memorable quotes.

By Jorge Rivas Jan 17, 2012

Muhammad Ali turns 70 today and the boxing legend has his fair share of memorable quotes.

With the help Yahoo! Eurosport blog here’s a few of Ali’s most vicious, funny and profound quotes.


‘I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.’

‘There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.’

‘If you dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologise.’

‘I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.’


‘I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him.’


‘I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing. And the shadow won.’

‘Floats like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.’


‘When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.’

‘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.’

‘What’s my name, fool? What’s my name?’ (Ali to Ernie Terrell who refused to call him Muhammad Ali)

‘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.’

‘Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs?’

‘I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a ‘nigger’.’

‘A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.’

‘Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.’