On patriotism: I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. On ambition: Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. On challenges: Ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong. On selfhood: I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want. On private life: At home I am a nice guy, but I don’t want the world to know. On conscription: I got nothing against no Viet Cong. On creativity: The man who has no imagination has no wings. On style: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Muhammad Ali, champion pugilist, human rights icon, poet and “the greatest,” is 70-years-old today. He stood up straight. Many believe he changed the world.