It’s with great sadness that I heard of the death of the legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali. Despite his phenomenal success in the ring, he was always far more than just one of the all-time great boxers. This was probably reflected when Sports Illustrated crowned “Sportsman of the Century”, while the BBC named him as “Sports Personality of the Century”. Ali was also a true civil rights campaigner who was an unfailing and iconic inspiration to many. Below are eight (well ok nine) quotes that sum up just why to many he will always be “The Greatest”.
Live every day like it’s your last because someday you’re going to be right.
I am so fast that last night I turned off the light switch and was in bed before the room was dark.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
Don’t count the days; make the days count.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.
If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologise.
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.