He didn’t get called the ‘Louisville Lip‘ for nothing. Muhammad Ali was and still famous for his mouth and pearls of wisdom just as much as for his boxing ability and probably makes his legend and stature as one of the greatest athletes ever even greater. Here are his best quotes.

Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.


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I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.


It’s not bragging if you can back it up.


It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.


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I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.


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


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I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.


A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.


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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?


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


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