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Words of a Champion: 10 Inspiring Quotes from Muhammad Ali

Larger-than-life boxing icon Muhammad Ali died at 74 — leaving behind a legacy that will forever be hard to beat.

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Larger-than-life boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, 2016, at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Ali got knocked out by a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by his Parkinson’s disease. It’s worth noting, though, that Ali battled with Parkinson’s for 32 years. It can be said that he put up a good fight for as long as he could.

Prior to turning professional, Ali won a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics. In his career as a professional boxer, he fought a total of 61 fights. He won 56 of them, 37 of which were by knock out.

He was the fiercest of them all.

He was the fiercest of them all.

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Throughout his life, Ali — who was tagged as the greatest heavyweight in the history of boxing — was known for his charismatic presence and his way with words. He used them as ruthlessly as he used his powerful fists. But while sports pundits tend to highlight Ali’s statements against his opponents, it should be pointed out that he also said a lot of things that were truly enlightening and inspiring.

To celebrate Ali’s life, we picked 10 of his most uplifting statements.

His words were as powerful as his fists.

His words were as powerful as his fists.

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1. “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.”

2. “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.”

3. “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”

4. “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

5. “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”

He was truly larger than life.

He was truly larger than life.

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6. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'”

7. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

8. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

9. “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”

10. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

He was the king of the ring.

He was the king of the ring.

Source: Ali.com

Ali is survived by his wife, Lonnie, and his nine children. Plus, of course, his millions of fans all over the world across several generations.

For those who want to see samples of Ali’s famous boxing moves, here’s a compilation of some of his most fascinating boxing moments.

Ali’s speed stunned his opponents.

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The man definitely earned the right to be called the greatest of all time.

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Amazing Street Musician Creates Hauntingly Beautiful Music Using Glasses Of Water

I am officially mind-blown!

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Fact check: You really don’t have to play a musical instrument just to be considered a musician. These days, there are a lot of street musicians who can create wonderful melodies using non-traditional instruments. These folks have proven that all you really need is to have good musical ears and some ingenuity.

Take this guy from Prague, for example. Instead of a “normal” instrument, Petr Spatina uses several glasses filled with water to produce music. And make no mistake about it – the results are actually very pleasing to the ears!

Street musician Petr Spatina uses glasses filled with water to create "hauntingly beautiful" melodies.

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Chinese Detergent Ad is the Most Racist TV Commercial

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Any marketing or brand executive would surely be happy to see their commercial go viral. This particular Chinese ad however, has become popular for all the wrong reasons.

China’s Qiaobi laundry detergent advert has got to be the most racist TV commercial ever made to date. The less than a minute TV ad features an Asian woman doing her laundry when suddenly a black man with paint on his face and clothes appears at the door.

The man and woman flirt with each other but when the man starts to move in for a kiss, the woman stuffs a detergent pack into his mouth and forces the guy into the washing machine.

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A Funny Taiwanese Couple Parodied the “Follow Me To” Craze and It’s Absolutely Hilarious

I bet their memories of these places will last them a lifetime!

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A few months back, Instagram user @muradosmann's "Follow Me To" project went viral, what with the mysterious lady holding the photographer's hand and leading him to the lovely scenery in front of them. The beauty of the place and the sense of adventure hooked and enchanted thousands of Instagram users worldwide, earning the account millions of followers.

Murad Osmann's account was the inspiration of this Taiwanese couple for their own project.

Murad Osmann popularized the viral "Follow Me to" project on Instagram

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