If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.
Now I had won the gold medal. But it didn’t mean anything, because I didn’t have the right color skin.
I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.
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 in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like…
We can’t be brave without fear.
Impossible is nothing.
Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.
I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God…
Joe Frazier got hit more than me – and he doesn’t have Parkinson’s.
You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned? Wait till I whup George Foreman’s behind.
I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!
I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.
To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the U.S.A. won the medal of gold. The Greeks said, ‘You’re better than the Cassius…
My trainer don’t tell me nothing between rounds. I don’t allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It’s too late for advice.
All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.
I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.
Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome.
You can’t keep your mind on fighting when you’re thinking about a woman. You can’t keep your concentration. You feel like sleeping all the time.
I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.
Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wild Life.
My toughest fight was with my first wife.
I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take…
When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.
Never put your money against Cassius Clay, for you will never have a lucky day.