The world was saddened by the news of Muhammad Ali's passing on June 3, following brief respiratory illness. The boxing maestro was almost as well known for his lyrical speech as he was for his left jab.
In celebration of the legend's life, we gathered 10 of Ali's best quotes.
Check them out below*:
- '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.'
- 'Service to 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.'
- 'I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat.'
- 'A man who has no imagination has no wings.'
- 'Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right.'
- 'Don’t count the days; make the days count.'
- 'It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.'
- '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.'
- 'I don’t have to be what you want me to be.'
*Do not be alarmed if inspiration ensues.