«Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee»

Her er noen av Muhammad Alis mest kjente sitater.

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En hel idrettsverden er i sorg etter Muhammad Alis bortgang.

Men Ali var ikke bare en av tidenes beste boksere. Han var også en sitatmaskin av de aller beste.

Her er noen av hans mest kjente uttalelser:

«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.»

«I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous, and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him, and who helped as many people as he could. As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love. And if all that’s too much, then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people. And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was»

«I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat»

«Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer»

«I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked»

«It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am»

«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»

«A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life»

«I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world»

«"He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me»

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

«I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion»

«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»

«Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right»

«It’s not bragging if you can back it up»

«Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beating each other up »

«I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I was really the greatest»

«I'm so mean, I make medicine sick»

«To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the USA won the medal of gold. The Greeks said you're better than the Cassius of old »

«If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize»

«It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe»

«Don’t count the days; make the days count»

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

«It will be a killer and a chiller and a thriller when I get the gorilla in Manila »

«I don't count the sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they're the only ones that count. That's what makes you a champion»

«I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round»

«I am so fast that last night I turned off the light switch and was in bed before the room was dark »

«Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn't choose it, and I didn't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name, and I insist people using it when speaking to me and of me »