"I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world."
Muhammad Ali, who repeatedly called himself “The Greatest”, was quoted as saying: “I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
Ali, who died June 3rd, also acknowledged in a best selling biography by Thomas Hauser, his gratitude for all he had been given: “God has been good to me. I’m thankful I have a good life and nine healthy children. I’m thankful I was three-time heavyweight champion of the world. I’m thankful that I live in a country like America. I’m thankful I’ve been able to travel and meet people all over the world. I’m thankful people still remember me.”
In addition to remembering and celebrating his remarkable life and career, Ali’s unforgettable treasure trove of quotes will remain with us as well including:
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
“Hating people because of their color is just wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”
“I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.”
“Friendship…is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”
“People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy… nobody like him. Like the Beatles, there will never be anything like them. Like my man, Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.”
And it goes without saying, there will never again be anyone quite like Muhammad Ali.