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Muhammad Ali Said A Lot More Than Just Fighting Words

The boxing legend died Friday at age 74. Like the man, his words were never subtle.
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Muhammad Ali Said A Lot More Than Just Fighting Words

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died Friday night in a Phoenix-area hospital at the age of 74.

Best known for his talent inside the ring, "the greatest of all time" also had a knack for words. Here are some of his most memorable quotes.

"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was."

"I'm going to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. George can't hit what his eyes can't see." Ali said this before before the "Rumble in the Jungle" with George Foreman in 1974.

"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it."

"I'm young. I'm handsome. I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat."

On refusing to serve in the U.S. Army: "Man, I ain't got no quarrel with those Viet Cong. No Viet Cong ever called me n-----."

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

"Don't count the days; make the days count."

"I'd like for them to say: 'He took a few cups of love. He took one tablespoon of patience, one teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter, one pinch of concern, and then he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith, and he stirred it up well. Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime, and he served it to each and every deserving person he met,'" he said during an interview with David Frost in 1972.

This video includes images from Dutch National ArchivesLibrary of Congress / Ira RosenbergRepublic of PolandESPNPBS and Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.