Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
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.
If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
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.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
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.
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.
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.
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.
My toughest fight was with my first wife.
There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.
Old age is just a record of one's whole life.
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.
My only fault is that I don't realize how great I really am.
I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
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.
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.