One of Muhammad Ali's quotes: When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace © Getty Images
One of Muhammad Ali’s quotes: When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace © Getty Images

New Delhi: Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, one of the most loved sportsmen in history, has passed away at the age of 74. Known worldwide for his illustrious ring career, the American was equally famous for his profound, witty and inspiring one-liners. Some of his quotes have been etched in the minds of people. Considered to be one of the finest heavyweight boxers to have ever lived, Ali was feared by his opponents at his time. One of his most famous quotes is that winners can’t be created in gymnasiums, but it is the mental aspect, that unflinching determination and the visionary thinking which sets them apart from the rest. Here is a collection of the iconic figure’s most memorable quotes:

“Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee, your hands can’t hit, what the eyes can’t see.”

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision.”

“When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.”

“If you sign to fight me, you need speed and endurance but what you need most is to increase your insurance.”

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”

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

“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 really was the greatest.”

The former three-time world heavyweight champion, who was admitted to a hospital in Phoenix with a respiratory problem, breathed his last surrounded by his family and friends on Saturday. Ali, who is also known for his civil rights activism, had been hospitalised multiple times in recent years, including spending time in hospital in 2014 after suffering a mild pneumonia before being admitted again for a urinary tract infection last year. The iconic figure, who also won an Olympic gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics, had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1980s. Ali took retirement from his glorious career after a defeat against Trevor Berbick in 1981.