We lost a legend when Muhammad Ali passed on June 3rd, but his words will always live on for all to read, absorb and live by.

We give you the 10 greatest quotes by the Champ:


“If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.”

"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."

"Don’t count the days; make the days count."

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

"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't."

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

"A man who has no imagination has no wings."

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

“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”


For more of Ali's memorable sayings, read here.