Late Friday night, the world lost not only the greatest heavyweight boxer, but arguably the greatest athlete of all time, Muhammad Ali. Ali was 74-years-old and died at a Phoenix area hospital. Since the 1980s Ali battled Parkinson’s disease which affected his motor skills and ability to speak.
“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” said family spokesperson Bob Gunnell said in a statement.
Ali was known for his outspokenness inside and outside of the boxing ring, and most notably his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War due to the fact his people, at the time, were not free in the United States.
He never shied away from letting us know he was “The Greatest.”
Below, are 10 of the champ’s most notable quotes in case you’re in need of some motivation.
1.) “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
2.). “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”
3.) “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
4.) “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
5.) “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
6.) “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
7.) “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.”
8.) “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
9.) “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
10.) “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
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