It goes without saying—Muhammad Ali proved to be just as sharp and powerful outside of the ring as he was inside of it.

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Always brash, honest, and all too often comical, the legendary boxer, who passed away late last night [June 3, 2016] managed to make his words just as iconic and significant as his historic fights.

He leaves behind an immaculate legacy of fearlessness, candor, and just the right amount of braggadocio, and in honor of that, here is a list of  some of the funniest, wittiest, and most genuine one-liners (in no particular order) from the man simply known as ‘The Greatest’.



“I told you all, all of my critics, that I was the greatest of all time…

Never make me the underdog until I’m about 50 years old.”


“I’m young. I’m handsome. I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.”


“Hating people because of their color is 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.”


“I am so fast that last night I turned off the light switch

and was in bed before the room was dark.”


“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,

hospitalised a brick. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”


“If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize.”


“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”


“It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”


“I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.”