Sometimes ago, someone sarcastically asked me why I was always writing and writing and writing.
My response; I am writing and writing and writing so that when I am dead and long gone to heaven or hell, my children and their own children and their children’s children will have verbatim access to my thoughts. They will no get reported speeches of how good or bad their Daddy and Grand-daddy was.
I guess I am not the only one with such an opinion. The Greatest Mohammad Ali does too.
If I may borrow an expression from Nigeria’s former First Lady, “Mohammad Ali is dead but his manhood lives forever” 😀
Earlier this morning I stumbled upon a library of Mohammad Ali’s sayings and quotes; I think they should be package into some form of Encyclopedia “Mohammad Alinica”.
Here are some living quotes from the late Mohammad Ali.
- “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.
- “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
- “I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beaten.”
- “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”
- “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it.” Jesse Jackson said this as early as 1983, according to the Associated Press, and Ali used it in his 2004 book.
- “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”
- “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
- “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”
- Bragging is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”
- “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
- “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.”
- “I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”
- “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”
- “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
- “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
- “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
- “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
- “I shook up the world. Me! Whee!”
- “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
- “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.”
- “A man who has no imagination has no wings.”
- “He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!”
- “I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”
- “I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.”
- “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”
The list is endless.
I guess I should keep at my writings too. As Johny Walker keeps Walking, I keep writing too.
Once again, #RIPAli