Rip: the greatest
About a week ago Muhammad Ali passed away (Why don’t people say ‘died’? To much fear for the ego to handle? Passed does sound nice though. Like on to the other side.). He had been out of boxing for a long while by the time I came into the world. To me, it’s like he isn’t even gone because all I know of him are some boxing highlight videos and some of the best quotes of all time. Those will live on forever.
My favorite quote of his is, “I’ll show you how great I am!”. See it at the end of this video: I’ll Show You How Great I Am. When I first heard it I didn’t even know what fight this was about. I just recently went back and watched the highlights of Ali vs. Foreman. To me, Ali is the quintessential role model for greatness and if I had grown up during his reign I would have had a poster of him up on my bedroom wall. The dude was bad in the best sense of the word. He stood up for his beliefs. He pushed through adversity and discrimination. He was fearless.
I do wonder what it would have been like to follow him during the height of his boxing career. Would I have the same opinions as I have now or would the plugged-in side of me reject his anti-establishment persona? I will never know. Though this is a short post, I felt impelled to write a bit about him, since I believe he was one of the most legendary figures of the 20th century. He’s definitely in the top 100. Heavyweight champions have something special about them. He was a man, but also large than life.
Here are five other quotes of his that I particularly dig:
- “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
- “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.”
- “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
- “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.”
- “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
He’ll be remembered as the greatest. Rest in peace Muhammad Ali.