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The Champ is Here! Our 10 Favorite Muhammad Ali Quotes  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. 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.

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.

2. 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’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.

3. Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.

Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.

4. A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty wasted thirty years of his life.

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty wasted thirty years of his life.

5. Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.

6. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

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

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

8. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

9. We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.

We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.