“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” -Muhammad Ali
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school, but if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t really learned anything.” -Muhammad Ali
“Regardless of how large or small, we are all born to accomplish a certain task. It is the knowledge of that purpose that enables every soul to fulfill itself. One person with knowledge of his life’s purpose is more powerful than ten thousand working without that knowledge.” -Muhammad Ali (The Soul Of A Butterfly)
“When a man says, ‘I cannot’ he has made a suggestion to himself. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which otherwise could have been accomplished.” -Muhammad Ali
“I’m definitely going to be the people’s champion, but I ain’t going to be the champ the way you want me to be the champ. I’m going to be the champ the way I want to be.” -Muhammad Ali
“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky. My name, not yours. My religion, not yours. My goals, my own. Get used to me.” -Muhammad Ali
“During the Cold War, the U.S. establishment very much wanted to project itself as a liberal and tolerant, and multi-racial society because they were in a competition with the Soviet Union for influence over the emergent nations in Africa and Asia. The problem was that the U.S. wasn’t actually like that. The world that emerged after World War II was polarized into the two great power blocs, both dominated by White people. The advent of the American civil rights movement, and more broadly, the African-American freedom struggle was the key moment at which the whole thing exploded, because it proved the lies and hypocrisy on both sides of the power game and it exploded certainly Cold War America’s self-image and the image it wanted to project to the world.
So the Black liberation struggle in America was one of the starting engines for all of those struggles that we call ‘the struggles of the 60s.’ The other principal ones were the struggles of Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa.” – From, “Muhammad Ali: Through The Eyes Of The World” By: Various Contributors