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Putting The Glass Down For A Stress Free Life

Video Transcript:

Professor: Every day we are faced with challenges and obstacles which could help us grow and help define us. Now when stress creeps in, well, it could make things seem quite impossible. It could even paralyze us, preventing us from doing things that need to be done.

Professor: How heavy is this glass of water? Melissa, would you care to answer?

Melissa: Um, 8 ounces?
Guy One: 12 ounces?
Girl One: 16 ounces?

Professor: The absolute weight of the glass doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold on to it. If I hold up for a minute, nothing happens. If I hold up for an hour, my arm will begin to ache. If I hold it all day long, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. Well, the weight of the glass hasn’t changed, but the longer I hold on to it, the heavier it becomes.

Professor: The stresses and the worries of Life are like this glass of water. If you think about them for a little while, there’s no problem. Think about it for a little bit longer, it begins to hurt. If you think about it all day long, and you’ll feel paralyzed, incapable of doing anything.

Professor: Always remember – Put the glass down.

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Start by Serving Yourself. End by Serving Others – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

When you are on an airplane, before take-off, the flight attendant always says… “In the event of an emergency, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. If you are travelling with a child, or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on FIRST, and then assist the OTHER person.”

See, Life is just like this. Before you try to go and help somebody else, you got to first HELP YOURSELF. You got to SECURE YOURSELF. Some people may call it selfish, but if you are panting, and hyperventilating in Life, and you are trying to go and help somebody else – I don’t care how good your intentions. Chances are, you are both not going to make it.

See, there is a REASON they say, “Secure your mask FIRST, BEFORE helping even children.” That is how important it is for you to be stable first. Because once you are stable, THEN you can help the child. You can help the old lady, the old man, the teenager.

What I am trying to say is that in Life, to be the most help to others, you got to take the time to secure your own mask. To secure yourself financially, mentally, physically, and most importantly, spiritually. That means you got to leave friends, family. Turn off the game, the award shows. And just be with yourself.

Because see, in the operating room, ain’t no visitors allowed. No guests, no friends, no family. Why? Because the patient is undergoing a transformation. Well, in that same way, you must get by yourself, if you want to transform into your best version.

But let me finish with this. After you have your mask properly secured, and you are able to breath, it becomes your obligation, your duty, to help others, secure their mask. So ain’t nothing wrong with being selfish in the beginning. But make sure the end game, is to be selfless.

Because to be the only one breathing on a plane, while everybody else is unconscious, will surely put you on a crash course – for loneliness and disaster.

Peace ☮

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Valuable Lesson for a Happier Life – Jar of Life

Video Transcript:

Professor: Good afternoon everyone.

Students: Good Afternoon

Professor: We all have this one life to live. A fleeting shadow amongst all that exists in this vast universe. We have the ability to accomplish anything, truly anything, if we use our time wisely.

Professor: Is this jar full?

Students: Yes

Professor: Is it full now?

Students: Yes

Professor: And how about now? Is the jar full now?

Students: Yes

Professor: Now I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. Golf balls are the important things: your family, your friends, your health, and your passions. The pebbles are the other important things: your car, your job, your home. The sand is everything else. It is just the small stuff.

Professor: Now if you put the sand in the jar first, you won’t have room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same is true in life. If you spend all your energy and your time on the small stuff, you won’t have time for all the really important things that matter to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Take care of the golf balls first, the really important things. Set your priorities, because everything else is just sand.

Student: Professor, what does the beer represent?

Professor: I’m glad you asked. It goes to show that no matter how full your life may seem to be, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.

Do What Makes You Great – Charlie Day Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

But my lesson is this: I don’t give a shit. Okay?

You cannot let a fear of failure, or a fear of comparison, or a fear of judgement, stop you from doing what’s going to make you great. You cannot succeed without this risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism, and you cannot love without the risk of loss. You must go out and you must take these risks.

And people will tell you to do what makes you happy, but a lot of this has been hard work, and I’m not always happy. And I don’t think you should do just what makes you happy. I think you should do what makes you great.

Do what’s uncomfortable, and scary, and hard, but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail. Let yourself fail. Fail in the way and the place where you would want to fail. Fail, pick yourself up and fail again. Because without this struggle, what is your success anyway?

As best we know we have one life. In it, you have to trust your own voice, your own ideas, your honesty, your vulnerability, and through this you will find your way.

You do not have to be fearless, just don’t let fear stop you. Live like this as best you can and I guarantee you will look back on a life well lived.

Everybody dies, but not everybody lives – Motivational Video

Video Transcript:

It is not death most people are afraid of. It is getting to the end of life, only to realize that you never truly lived.Tweet: It is not death most people are afraid of. It is getting to the end of life, only to realize that you never truly lived.

There was a study done, a hospital study on 100 elderly people facing death close to their last breath. They were asked to reflect about their life’s biggest regret. Nearly all of them said they regretted not the things they did, but the things they didn’t do. The risks they never took, the dreams they didn’t pursue.

I ask you would your last words be; if only I had – hey, you, wake up! Why do you exist? Life is not meant to simply work, wait for the weekend and pay rent. No, no I don’t know much. But I know this, every person on this earth has a gift.

And I apologize to the black community, but I can no longer pretend. Martin Luther King… That man never had a dream, that dream had him.

See people don’t choose dreams, dreams choose them. So the question I’m getting to is, do you have the courage to grab the dream that picked you? That befit you and grips you; or will you let it get away and slip through?

You know I learned a fact about airplanes the other day. This was – this was so surprising see. I was talking to a pilot and he told me that many of his passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in. But he said actually… it is a lot more dangerous for a plane to stay on the ground. I say what? Like how does that sound what he said, he said because on the ground. The plane starts to rust. Malfunction and wear, much faster than it ever would if it was in the air.

As I walked away I thought, yeah, makes total sense because planes were built to live in the skies. And every person was built to live out the dream they have insideTweet: Every person was built to live out the dream they have inside. So it is perhaps the saddest loss to live a life on the ground without ever taking off.

See most of us are afraid of the thief, that comes in the night to steal all of our things. But there is a thief in your mind who is after your dreams. His name is doubt. If you see him call the cops and keep him away from the kids because he is wanted for murder. For he has killed more dreams than failure ever did. He wears many disguises and like a virus will leave you blinded, divided and turn you into a kinda.

See kinda is lethal. You know what kinda is? There is a lot of kinda people, you kinda want a career change, you kinda want to get straight A’s, you kinda want to get in shape. Simple math, no numbers to crunch. If you kinda want something, then you will kinda get the results you want.

What is your dream? What ignites that spark? You can’t kinda want that. You got to want it with every part of your whole heart. Will you struggle? Yeah… yeah you will struggle, no way around it. You will fall many times, but who’s counting? Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth mountain. If you want to make it to the top then, there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over. There will be times you get stressed and things you get depressed over.

But let me tell you something. Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times, three times but he kept going. The television execs fired Oprah, said she wasn’t fit for TV but she kept going. Critics told Beyoncé that she couldn’t sing. She went through depression. But she kept going.

Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness. That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it. Because pain is life, but you can choose what type? Either the pain on the road to success, or the pain of being haunted with regret.

You want my advice? Don’t think twice. We have been given a gift that we call life. So don’t blow it. You’re not defined by your past. Instead you were born anew in each moment. So own it now. Sometimes you’ve gotta leap. And grow your wings on the way down. You better get the shot off before the clock runs out, cos there ain’t no overtime in life, no do over. And I know I sound like I’m preaching on speaking with force but if you don’t use your gift, then you sell not only yourself, but the whole world… Short.

So what invention do you have buried in your mind? What idea? What cure? What skill did you have inside to bring out to this universe? Uni meaning one, verse meaning song, you have a part to play in this song. So grab that microphone and be brave. Sing your heart out on life’s stage. You cannot go back and make a brand new beginning. But you can start now and make a brand new ending.Tweet: You cannot go back and make a brand new beginning. But you can start now and make a brand new ending.

 

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9 THINGS TO DO IN YOUR 20S TO BE A MILLIONAIRE BY 30

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1. Focus on earning

In today’s economic environment you cannot save your way to millionaire status. The first step is to focus on increasing your income in increments and repeating that. – Grant Cardone

2. Save to invest, don’t save to save

The only reason to save money is to invest it. Put your saved money into secured, sacred (untouchable) accounts. Never use these accounts for anything, not even an emergency.” – Grant Cardone

3. Ask for help

Within months I had a lawyer, editor, personal trainer, part-time chef, and other personnel. It cost me a fortune at first, but eventually helped push me into the million-dollar mark. Most people won’t ask for help because their ego is in the way. – Daniel Ally

4. Be decisive

Conserve your mental power by making easily reversible decisions as quickly as possible. I know what I am wearing to work and eating for breakfast each day next week. Do you? – Tucker Hughes

5. Don’t show off – Show up

I was still driving Toyota Camry when I had become a millionaire. Be known for your work ethic, not the trinkets that you buy. – Grant Cardone

6. Know when to take risks and act.

You’ll have to take major leaps in your life, sometimes not even knowing where it will lead. However, it will pay off once you get to the other side. – Daniel Ally

7. Go for $10 million, not $1 million

The single biggest financial mistake I’ve made was not thinking big enough. I encourage you to go for more than a million. There is no shortage of money on this planet, only a shortage of people thinking big enough. – Grant Cardone

8. Master soft skills and cooperate

In the process of reaching the seven-figure mark, I’ve learned dealing with people is the most important attribute. No one can become a millionaire without knowing how to deal with people assertively – Daniel Ally

9. Invest in yourself

The safest investment I’ve ever made is in my future. Read at least 30 minutes a day, listen to relevant podcasts while driving and seek out mentors vigorously… Consume knowledge like air and put your pursuit of learning above all else. – Tucker Hughes

 

SOURCES: Grant Cardone, Daniel Ally, and Tucker Hughes via Entrepreneur

Forget motivation, you need discipline – Navy Seals’ Advice

Transcript:

Navy Seals: Forget motivation, you need discipline

Jocko Willink: It’s not about motivation. Motivation is a fickle little emotional thing and if you get too hungry sometimes you’re not motivated, or if you get too tired sometimes you’re not motivated. Or if it’s been a long day you lose your motivation. So that’s why motivation doesn’t matter to me.

Leif Babin: One of the things we try to do in training was build those realistic scenarios that would put people in a really chaotic, overwhelming situation. There’s a dozen things that are bearing down on you, the pressure’s on. How do you do this? You have to prioritize and execute. And so you can’t take on those dozen problems simultaneously, you’re going to fail at all of them. You have to take a step back, figure out what the highest priority is, execute toward that highest priority, and then move on to the next priority. And then the next priority.

Jocko Willink: It’s about the discipline. It’s about the discipline of holding the course, knowing what you have to do, and making it happen.

Leif Babin: The battlefield’s going to change, and the priority will change. So, you’re getting shot at from one direction, and you start manoeuvring your troops to engage the enemy in that direction All of the sudden you get shot at from another direction. You’re going to have to be able to rapidly shift, be able to communicate to your team and be able to flex. And so life is like that. For any business it’s like that. Those priorities are going to rapidly change. And you’ve got to be able to rapidly shift that. Communicate that to your team. And it’s all about prioritize and execute.

Jocko Willink: Motivation is going to let you down. Discipline will stay by your side.

 

Reference: Former Navy SEAL commanders: When things get tough, forget motivation, you need discipline

STOP asking for easy – Motivational Video

Transcript:

Well, let me tell you what the problem is.
Alright? Let me tell you what the problem is.
The problem is:
Everybody wants the prize, but nobody wants to pay the price.
Right? Everybody wants the prize, but nobody’s willing to pay the price.

Nobody’s willing to put in the work.
Nobody’s willing to make the sacrifice.
Nobody’s willing to eat their own shit, you know?
To make it happen.

Everybody’s expecting it to be easy. I was just giving a talk the other day at school and someone said,
“Well, why would I choose that way? That’s much harder.”
“That way’s a lot harder. Why would I choose that direction?”
And I was like, “Man, why are we talking about hard versus easy?”
“Nobody said this was gonna be easy.”

We don’t want it to be easy.
If it was easy, then everybody would be doing it. Right?
If it wasn’t difficult then everybody would be doing it.

Everybody will be an entrepreneur.
Everybody would be a billionaire.
Everybody would be a successful athlete, or artist, or businessman, or salesperson, or scientist.
Everybody would be doing it. Right?

It’s not supposed to be easy.
You shouldn’t want it to be easy.
But if you have a dream, if you have a mission, if you have a passion, this shit is not gonna be easy.

Easy shouldn’t even be in the conversation or in your vocabulary.
This is supposed to be hard.
You should want it to be hard because then no one can replicate what you create.
Anything of value and of meaning is not gonna be easy

And that’s how it’s supposed to be.

王德順 – Age is no excuse. Be the Brightest & Fiercest version of yourself.

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Introducing the coolest, brightest, and fiercest male model – 王德順 (Wang Deshun)
This man literally crushed any excuse that age matters, that we are too old to achieve our goals and dreams, that retirement is the only way to go when we are 75 years old and above. The story of his life and his performance at the runway show has inspired people around the whole to achieve their own dreams and goals.

Watch below for a short inpirational clip on how to be the fiercest version of yourself

English Transcript | 中文副本 | 《《船》》

My name is Wang Deshun
Born and raised in Shenyang, China
Many people started noticing me after a catwalk show
Some people call me “The Hottest Grandpa”
Some also said that I’m an instant Internet sensation
But you know what, to prepare for this day
I’ve been preparing for 60 years
At 24, I was a theatrical actor
At 44, I started learning English
At 49, I created my own pantomime troupe
and went to Beijing, became a “Beijing Drifter”
I had nothing to my name, starting everything from scratch

At 50, stepped into my first gym
started working out
At 57, I returned to the stage
and created the world’s only form of performance art
called “Living Sculpture Performance”

At 70, I really got into working out
At 79, I got on my first catwalk
I’m 80 this year, and I still got some left in me
I still have dreams to achieve

Believe me, human potential can be explored
When you think it’s too late
be careful you don’t let that
become your excuse for giving up
No one can keep you from success
except yourself
When it’s time to shine,
be the brightest

I am Wang Deshun
I’m the fiercest North-Easterner

中文副本 | English Transcript | 《《船》》

我是王德顺
地地道道的沈阳人
一场T台走秀 让很多人认识了我
有人叫我最帅大爷
也有人说 我一夜爆红

可是你知道吗?
为了这一天
我足足准备了六十年
二十四岁我当话剧演员
四十四岁开始学英语
四十九岁创造了造型哑剧
到北京 成了一名老北漂
没房没车 一切从头开始

五十岁 我进了健身房 开始健身
五十七岁 我再次走上了舞台
创造了世界唯一的艺术形式
它叫活雕塑

七十岁 我开始有意识的练腹肌
七十九岁 我走上了T台
我今年八十岁了
还有梦 还有追求

相信我
人的潜能是可以挖掘的
当你说太晚了的时候
你一定要谨慎
它可能是你退却的借口
没有谁能阻止你成功
除了你自己
该炫自己的时候
千万不要对自己手软

我是王德顺
我是最炫东北人

And also, a beautiful and powerful poem he delivered at the end of his talk
追求生命的亡命徒 – 王德順 (2015/08/23)

《《船》》 | English Transcript | 中文副本

我有过多次这样的奇遇
从天堂到地狱
只在 瞬息之间
每一朵温柔可爱的浪花
都成了突然崛起 随即倾倒的高山

每一滴海水都变脸 变色
刚刚还是那样美丽蔚蓝
骤然间旋涡纠缠着旋涡
把我被抛向了高空 又投进了深渊

当时 我甚至想到过轻生
眼前一片苦海无边
放弃希望 那就像放弃舵柄了
面对暴力 只能沉默和哀叹

今天 我才有资格嘲笑昨天的自己
为昨天落叶似的惶恐 而感到羞惭
唉 虚度了多少年华
船身多次被礁石撞穿

千万次在大洋里撒网
才捕获到一点点生活的经验
才恍然大悟
啊…… 道理原来如此的浅显

你要航行吗?
必然会有千妖百怪出来阻挡
暴虐的欺凌是他们的游戏
制造灭亡是它们惟一的才干

命中注定 我要常常和它们相逢
因为我的名字叫做船呐
也许我的样子比它们更可怕
但我以命相拼一往无前

只要我还有一根完整的龙骨
我绝不驶进那避风的港湾
把生命放在征途上
让勇敢来决定道路的宽窄长短

我完完全全的自由了
船头成为埋葬它们的铁铲
我在波浪中有节奏地跳跃
就像荡着一个巨大的秋千

即使它们终于把我撕碎
变成一些残破的木片
我不会沉沦 决不
我会在浪尖上飞旋

后来者还会在残片上认出我来
未来的诗人 会喟然长叹
这里有一个幸福的灵魂
它曾经是前进着的航船

PS: He resembles an anime character.
His gusto, zest and awesomeness
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Maybe he is Captain Yamamoto in disguise 😛

Tribute to Muhammad Ali – Compilation of Ali’s Best Quotes

Muhammad Ali Tribute: Jan 1942 - Jun 2016

The Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time
Jan 1942 – Jun 2016

Compilation of Muhammad Ali quotes across the web
(sorted based on LEN count)

  1. Don’t feel sorry for me.
  2. What keeps me going is goals.
  3. I shook up the world. Me! Whee!
  4. Superman don’t need no seat belt.
  5. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.
  6. I got no quarrel with them Vietcong.
  7. The white man is destroying the world.
  8. It’s not bragging if you can back it up.
  9. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  10. My toughest fight was with my first wife.
  11. I don’t have to be what you want me to be.
  12. Don’t count the days; make the days count.
  13. A man who has no imagination has no wings.
  14. I shook up the world, I shook up the world.
  15. I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.
  16. Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.
  17. America is the greatest country in the world.
  18. I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.
  19. Life is so, so short. Bible says it’s like a vapour.
  20. No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room.
  21. It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.
  22. All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.
  23. I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.
  24. Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
  25. There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
  26. It’s in my blood to be around people while I was training.
  27. I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing, and the shadow won.
  28. My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.
  29. My principles are more important than the money or my title.
  30. I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.
  31. When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
  32. The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.
  33. I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
  34. I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!
  35. I had a good time boxing. I enjoyed it – and I may come back.
  36. I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
  37. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
  38. If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
  39. Joe Frazier got hit more than me – and he doesn’t have Parkinson’s.
  40. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
  41. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.
  42. Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
  43. Go up in an airplane. Go high enough, and it’s like we don’t even exist.
  44. I’m more at home with my log cabins than I am in my house in Cherry Hill.
  45. Bragging is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.
  46. I’m just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.
  47. My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.
  48. I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
  49. White people just don’t want their slaves to be free. That’s the whole thing.
  50. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  51. Never put your money against Cassius Clay, for you will never have a lucky day.
  52. Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.
  53. It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
  54. I’ve been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.
  55. Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wild Life.
  56. There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
  57. It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.
  58. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
  59. Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
  60. If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
  61. I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
  62. A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
  63. It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
  64. I give thanks to God and to all the people in the U.K. who have supported me over the years.
  65. I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.
  66. He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!
  67. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
  68. You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned? Wait till I whup George Foreman’s behind.
  69. Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.
  70. Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.
  71. I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.
  72. A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
  73. All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them.
  74. 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.
  75. If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you – until you get your revenge.
  76. If I said I would knock out Sonny Liston in 1 minute and 49 seconds of the first round, that would hurt the gate.
  77. I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.
  78. 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.
  79. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
  80. I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.
  81. I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.
  82. 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.
  83. I calculate that I took 20,000 punches, but I earned millions and kept a lot of it. I may talk slow, but my mind is OK.
  84. Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which colour does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
  85. I figure I’ll be champ for about ten years and then I’ll let my brother take over – like the Kennedys down in Washington.
  86. I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.
  87. I’m the greatest thing that ever lived! I’m the king of the world! I’m a bad man. I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived.
  88. To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
  89. The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.
  90. A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.
  91. It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
  92. The fact is, I was never too bright in school. I ain’t ashamed of it, though. I mean, how much do school principals make a month?
  93. No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson’s. There’s no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing.
  94. I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.
  95. I used to tease Joe Louis by reminding him that I was the greatest of all time. But Joe Louis was the greatest heavyweight fighter ever.
  96. Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome.
  97. When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.
  98. Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
  99. Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
  100. You can’t keep your mind on fighting when you’re thinking about a woman. You can’t keep your concentration. You feel like sleeping all the time.
  101. The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
  102. My trainer don’t tell me nothing between rounds. I don’t allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It’s too late for advice.
  103. Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.
  104. We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don’t want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don’t want to live with the white man; that’s all.
  105. 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.
  106. I should be a postage stamp; because that’s the only way I’ll ever get licked. I’m beautiful. I’m fast. I’m so mean I make medicine sick. I can’t possibly be beat.
  107. No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters.
  108. People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.
  109. 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.
  110. I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.
  111. I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him.
  112. Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.
  113. To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the U.S.A. won the medal of gold. The Greeks said, ‘You’re better than the Cassius of old.’
  114. I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
  115. 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.
  116. Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right – when he knocks you down, you’ll sleep for the night; and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.
  117. God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.
  118. I didn’t want to submit to the army and then, on the Day of Judgment, have God say to me, ‘Why did you do that?’ This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.
  119. I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
  120. Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.
  121. Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.
  122. I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.
  123. Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.
  124. I would say things like ‘I am the greatest! I’m pretty! If you talk jive, you’ll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I’m pretty!’ When white people heard me talking like this, some said, ‘That black man talks too much. He’s bragging.’
  125. The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.
  126. The Nation of Islam’s main focus was teaching black pride and self-awareness. Why should we keep trying to force ourselves into white restaurants and schools when white people didn’t want us? Why not clean up our own neighbourhoods and schools instead of trying to move out of them and into white people’s neighbourhoods?
  127. 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.”
  128. My lectures, based on Islamic teachings, were on various subjects. Some of the titles were, ‘The Intoxication of Life,’ ‘The Purpose of Life,’ ‘The Real Cause of Man’s Distress,’ ‘The Journey to the Goal in Life,’ and, one of my favourites, ‘The Heart of Man.’ they contained important insights that spoke to something deep inside me.

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