To say Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday at the age of 74, had a way with words is something of an understatement.
His press conferences and interviews redefined the way people saw boxers – and to a larger extent, professional athletes in general – and made sportswriters everywhere reconsider their own turns of phrase.
Although his voice was eventually silenced by his battle with Parkinson’s disease, Ali was as known for the comical insults he dished to opponents as he was for the self-aggrandizing brags he tossed out about himself, he was also a fiercely intelligent and introspective man.
Here are some of his best quotes that are appropriate for everyone, whether or not they consider themselves The Greatest. Click “Continue Reading” to see them