“I’ve wrestled with alligators,
I’ve tussled with a whale.
I done handcuffed lightning
And throw thunder in jail.
You know I’m bad.
just last week, I murdered a rock,
Injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick.
I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”
Good bye, farewell to you: and to the great life of this great, noble, wild, charismatic, talented human being.
This is the best career highlights that I have seen for Muhammad Ali.
- “In case people haven’t seen this here is a video of Sonny Liston pulling a gun out on Ali. Ali is the trash talking GOAT 🐐”
- “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.”
“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
“I don’t count my sit ups—I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.”
The kind of man he was:
“I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag. I ain’t running to Canada. I’m staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I’ll die right here, right now, fightin’ you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my right here at home.”
This seems like a good time to rewatch the Rumble:
Never forgotten, and never behind –
Always remembered, and always in mind.
Man, he was something amazing to see.
Floats like a butterfly. Stings like a bee.
Muhammad Ali when they told him to participate on the Vietnam War (youtu.be)