Muhammad Ali, widely regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer, passed away at 74 at June 3 at a Phoenix-area hospital where he was receiving care for respiratory complications. The athlete, who was formerly known as Cassius Clay, had battled Parkinson’s for 32 years, which slowly took away not just his physical strength but also his ability to throw shade at opponents and talk himself up to be the champ he was. (In a little bit of a Kanye moment, Ali once said, “I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.”).
His quotes are legendary, but they’re also perfect to keep in your pocket (or, you know, on the bathroom mirror) for those times when you just need that extra boost to keep on taking over the world.
1. For your lunch date with a potential future employer: “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
2. A little motivation for your after-work volunteering commitment: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
3. Some solid general life advice: “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
4. A reminder of what to focus on (and what to get off your plate) when life has you a little crazy. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
5. For a bad day at work—because you’re going to come out on top next time: “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.”
6. For when you know you’re stuck in a rut: “A man who has no imagination has no wings.”
7. Facing a big decision? “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
8. For the first day back at the gym: “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
9. For when you’re in that starter job/internship that will only lead to better things: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
10. Like 2014’s YOLO, but a little more thoughtful: “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”
11. And finally, a little wake-up call for those big dreams: “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.”
This article was taken from glamour.com.
Muhammad Ali was a huge inspiration to people all over the world young and old, he was such a profound, esoteric man. I especially loved him for using his voice and power to impact people. He was truly a one-of-a-kind, and even though I’m not a big boxing watcher, I still respect his confidence, talent, and him always standing up for what he believed in. Rest In Paradise Champ.