Muhammad Ali was as skilled with words as he was in the ring. His poignant sayings about sports and life figure to remain iconic for generations to come alongside the lore of his historic fights.
Today, in memory of the man who not only was the greatest but who also made sure to tell you he was, here are some of his greatest quips:
"I don't count the situps. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they're the only ones that count. That's what makes you a champion."
"Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer."
"I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world."
"It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you down. It's the pebble in your shoe."
"The will must be stronger than the skill."
"Don't count the days. Make the days count."
"The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I was really the greatest."
"Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. You can't hit what your eyes don't see."
"Impossible is just a 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 potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."