Jun 05, 2016 by Will Maule

Muhammad Ali: 15 Incredible Quotes On God, Life, And The Bible

All-time boxing champion Muhammad Ali died on Friday after a debilitating but brave fight with Parkinson's disease. Since then, tributes have been pouring in from all corners of the globe, paying homage to this remarkable and iconic figure of 20th century sporting history. Ali was a Muslim convert, but said many interesting things on God, Life, The Bible, Judgement, Christians, Social Justice, Heaven and more. Here are 15 of our best picks:

1. On Courage
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." 

2. On Principled Living
"My principles are more important than the money or my title."

3. On Transformation
"I've made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven't lived in vain."

4. On Friendship
"Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."

5. On Poverty 
"Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change."

6. On Personal Growth
"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe."

7. On World Peace
"I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world."

8. On Christians
"God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did."

9. On Heaven
"What am I gonna do in the next sixteen years? What’s the best thing I can do? Get ready to meet God. Owning real estate, going in business, teaching boxers…that won’t get me to heaven."

10. On Social Justice
“They want me advertising all this stuff that’d make me rich but hurt so many others. But by me sacrificing a little wealth I’m helping so many others.

11. On The Bible
"Life is so, so short. Bible says it's like a vapor."

12. On Humility
"I'm no leader; I'm a little humble follower."

13. On Spiritual Enlightenment
"A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing."

14. On Racism
"Why are all the angels white? Why ain't there no black angels?" - Ali at a church in 1983.

15. On Judgement
"This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day." 

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