27 great Muhammad Ali quotes

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - During his boxing prime, Muhammad Ali was known to make some bold statements almost every time he opened his mouth.

Below are more than two dozen memorable quotes attributed to "The Greatest."

+ "Live every day as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right."

+ "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see."

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

+ "To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are."

+ "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."

+ "What you're thinking is what you're becoming."

+ "Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."

+ "If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you."

+ "Don't count the days, make the days count."

+ "If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it."

+ "The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."

+ "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."

+ "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"

+ "The man with no imagination has no wings."

+ "It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."

+ "Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong."

+ "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."

+ "Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer."

+ "I've wrestled with alligators, I've tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning, and throw thunder in jail. You know I'm bad. Just last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean, I make medicine sick."

+ "The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."

+ "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life"

+ "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 really haven't learned anything."

+ "Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out. It's the little pebble in your shoe."

+ "It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am."

+ "You lose nothing when fighting for a cause ... In my mind the losers are those who don't have a cause they care about."

+ "It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself."

+ "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."

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