Mostly everything that can be said about the great Muhammad Ali has already been documented, so we at Muscle & Fitness just want to salute the Olympic gold medalist and three-time world heavyweight champion on his 71st birthday.
To celebrate the milestone, we are going to revisit some of his more famous quotes that might inspire all M&Fers as they strive to reach their fitness goals in and out of the gym.
Here are a few great ones:
On training: "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"
On dedication: "The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
On how to react to defeat: "I never thought of losing, but now that it' s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life."
On maturity: "The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."
On being Muhammad Ali: "It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am."
Heavyweight champions of more recent times took to Twitter today to offer their best wishes:
@LennoxLewis Happy 71st Birthday to my idol and hero Muhammad Ali. I hope you have a great one. #TheGreatest @AliCenter
@MikeTyson Happy Birthday to Muhammad Ali who shares this special birthday with my mentor, Cus D'Amato.
So Happy Birthday, Muhammad Ali, from all here at Muscle & Fitness. More Power to You!