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It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out;
by Muhammad Ali

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out;
it's the pebble in your shoe.
- Muhammad Ali

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali

He who is not courageous enough to take risks
will accomplish nothing in life.
- Muhammad Ali

Service to others is the rent you pay
for your room here on earth.
- Muhammad Ali

 

I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
- Muhammad Ali

Friendship...
is not something you learn in school.
But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship,
you really haven't learned anything.
- Muhammad Ali

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

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I believe in the religion of Islam.
I believe in Allah and peace.
- Muhammad Ali

It's not bragging if you can back it up.
- Muhammad Ali

I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince
the world that I really was the greatest.
- Muhammad Ali

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.
- Muhammad Ali

It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.
- Muhammad Ali

When you can whip any man in the world,
you never know peace.
- Muhammad Ali

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses -
behind the lines,
in the gym, and out there on the road,
long before I dance under those lights.
- Muhammad Ali

Age is whatever you think it is.
You are as old as you think you are.
- Muhammad Ali

I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light
switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
- Muhammad Ali

At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know.
Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.
- 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

Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to
the US Bureau of Wild Life.
- Muhammad Ali

There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
- Muhammad Ali

We have one life; it soon will be past;
what we do for God is all that will last.
- Muhammad Ali

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names,
but they all contain water.
Just as religions do - they all contain truths.
- Muhammad Ali

I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me.
It would be a better world.
- Muhammad Ali

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.
- Muhammad Ali

A rooster crows only when it sees the light.
Put him in the dark and he'll never crow.
I have seen the light and I'm crowing.
- Muhammad Ali

I am the astronaut of boxing.
Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots.
I'm in a world of my own.
- Muhammad Ali

I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest.
Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.
- Muhammad Ali

Wars of nations are fought to change maps.
But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
- Muhammad Ali

There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights
have been a pleasure to win.
- Muhammad Ali

Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
- Muhammad Ali

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.
- Muhammad Ali

My way of joking is to tell the truth.
That's the funniest joke in the world.
- Muhammad Ali

It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges,
and I believed in myself.
- Muhammad Ali

I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
- Muhammad Ali

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

When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.
- Muhammad Ali

I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
- Muhammad Ali

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.
- Muhammad Ali

Old age is just a record of one's whole life.
- Muhammad Ali

If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.
- Muhammad Ali

My toughest fight was with my first wife.
- Muhammad Ali

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

It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand.
I beat people up.
- Muhammad Ali (world champion boxer)

It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief.
And once that belief becomes a deep conviction,
things begin to happen.
- Muhammad Ali

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
- Muhammad Ali

Superman don't need no seat belt.
- Muhammad Ali

What keeps me going is goals.
- Muhammad Ali

If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread,
they can sure make something out of you.
- Muhammad Ali

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

No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.
- Muhammad Ali

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
- Muhammad Ali

I figure I'll be champ for about ten years and then
I'll let my brother take over -
like the Kennedys down in Washington.
- Muhammad Ali

Life is a gamble.
You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes,
lose their arms and legs in car accidents;
people die every day.
Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt,
some go on.
You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.
- Muhammad Ali

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 defeats in life.
- Muhammad Ali

The fog unrolls itself to be a prayer rug to the mountains.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I reach toward the shining mountains,
beyond the fog of daily worries.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars;
and they pass by themselves without wondering.
- St. Augustine

The mountains are calling and I must go.
- John Muir

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
- John Muir

My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of churchgoing.
- Aldous Huxley

Let children walk with Nature,
let them see the beautiful blendings
and communions of death and life,
their joyous inseparable unity,
as taught in woods and meadows,
plains and mountains and streams
of our blessed star,
and they will learn that death
is stingless indeed,
and as beautiful as life.
- John Muir

A man's country is not a certain area of land,
of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle
and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
- George William Curtis

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions,
but you really climb for the hell of it.
- Edmund Hillary

Nothing is more memorable than a smell.
One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting,
yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
- Diane Ackerman

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape,
my real world.
- Georges Simenon

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
- Tennessee Williams

Every time I have some moment on a seashore,
or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest,
I think this is why the environment has to be preserved.
- Bill Bradley

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!
- John Muir

Faith can move mountains.
- Anonymous

Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains;
but,
like them, they break the storm and purify the air
of the plain beneath them.
- Jean Paul


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