7 Quotes With A Punch of Life From Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali:

Aged 74, American Boxing legend – was originally called Clay – his slave name, began training at the age of 12, three time champion, nicknamed “The Greatest”; even talked down a man from jumping off the 9th floor. So I guess, it wouldn’t be a massive digression if I say he is an inspiration in many ways! As a mark of respect, we present you 7 Quotes with a punch of life from Muhammad Ali.

I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.

  • Muhammad Ali

A few things in life are always important, who we are, what our capacities are and more importantly where we want to be. The moment we know what we want out of our life, our mind fixates on finding a way out. There is an untold beauty about the problem solving skills of our brain. The moment we know what what we want and with a strong enough why, backtracking from there is not that big a challenge. In fact, it is an adventure. So, it makes sense when Muhammad Ali says, I’m free to be what I want.


To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If not pretend you are.

  • Muhammad Ali

I never really understood when people said this, how can you actually pretend before you are something? And doesn’t that give you a lot of attitude which you don’t deserve? But then again, there is a different angle to it. The moment you shift that pretention to a belief, life changes. Of course, the physical manifestation takes time – but mentally, the moment you are a champion – you think like one, you walk like one and you talk like one. The beautiful thing about a strong spirit is that your body also follows the suit soon.


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.

  • Muhammad Ali

I think this might just be the best one I like from Muhammad Ali. Impossible is a big word isn’t it? It also feels so huge when people say that word, like a humongous task at hand which is unreasonable to even try. But I like what Muhammad Ali says here – impossible is not a judgement, it is temporary, it is nothing. It is going beyond that opinion which makes a huge difference to the way we look at things and the world around us!


The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

  • Muhammad Ali

This kinda feels like an overused quote now, waking up from your dreams! It also reminds me of the quote from Abdul Kalam which says about getting up to make a dream come true. I personally think dreams are absolutely beautiful. But they should never be an excuse to run back to. Instead they are something which make you get up and do something meaningful in life, something with that dream so that it becomes true. Too many people dream that way – it is called wishful thinking. It can come true only when we do something about it.


Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

  • Muhammad Ali

The strongest part of someone is not their muscles, not their height or their handsome smile. It is beyond that which makes them more sustainable in the long run. It really is very easy to be caught up in the many reasons as to why we cannot do something. But there is no credible reason for having a weak spirit and if at all we do, the onus is on us to make it strong!


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

It is never that fun to work hard. It takes a lot of your time, it tests your patience and makes you wonder if at all things are going to work out. It is going to put you through an emotional pressure and make you constantly doubt yourself. It is going to ask you if you are willing to go all the way no matter how hard things might seem to be. And most times, they look really bleak. So no wonder, training is hard, but it sure makes the results worth all of it!


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

  • Muhammad Ali

Someone once said – we all grow old but growing up is an option. We cannot prefer to be our same old self just because it is easier and growing up takes a lot of effort. Anything worthwhile in the world always takes a lot more of effort before it gives you the result you want. You cannot simply complain about it and ask someone else to come for your help like you did in the early 20’s. We gotta grow beyond that and make it worth the effort. If not, what is the growth?

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Well, this is our collection from Muhammad Ali, a set of powerful ones for a punch of life. It is stunning how powerful these words are when they come from a fighter. For me, I would take the message of being in a fight and never giving up. For all we know, perseverance is the only skill in life that lasts a life time.

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13 Responses to "7 Quotes With A Punch of Life From Muhammad Ali"

    1. True Rajeev, indeed a legend. We will never forget those stories of his boxing matches, nor the choice of words he used and for such a memorable man, the post is a very small token of respect

  1. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder · Edit

    Ali’s quotes are simple but so thoughtful! The last one, I haven’t heard it before…it’s a profound one. He was and he will continue to be an inspiration… RIP…

    1. Indeed Maniparna. In fact even I came across his last quote quite recently and absolutely loved it. There is something incredible about a person who looks at life as constant progress isn’t it? An amazing set of characters that make an achiever :). Amen to such people.


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