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" All the dogs I have are German shepherds from Germany, and I fly them back to Germany to show them. "
" Just take one step at a time, trusting that God still has a plan for you, and He will make the best out of your situation. "
" So many of us have loved ones and people we really care about, and the only time we show affection is when they are gone. I have preached at funerals, and you see loved ones who didn't even say hello to dear ones when they were alive. Give them hugs, kisses while they are alive and need it. "
" In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But, for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didn't have any fear. I thought, 'This is easy. This is what I've been waiting for'. No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost. "
" I love the pigeons. I just raise them, period, and feed them. Pigeons go away, and they always come back. You get a touch of freedom, and then they are free to come back to you. I love the idea of pigeons. "
" That's my gift. I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck's back. If it's not positive, I didn't hear it. If you can overcome that, fights are easy. "
" It's great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later. "
" You may have even an ex-wife or an ex-husband, but you can never have ex-children. "
" They call it the rope-a-dope. Well, I'm the dope. Ali just laid on the rope and I, like a dope, kept punching until I got tired. But he was probably the most smart fighter I've ever gotten into the ring with. "
" It's very important that people know that I really enjoy everything that has happened to me. And I tell my kids... you're not going to be the tallest, fastest, prettiest, the best track runner, but you can be the nicest human being that someone has ever met in their life. And I just want to leave that legacy that being nice is a true treasure. "
" I am so happy to be alive. That's the one thing I'd like for people to know. Sometimes people walk by and slip up and say the wrong thing about me, and I'll smile. They wonder why am I smiling. Because I'm happy that I'm alive. "
" The fighters who give it all will be around for next year. Give it all you've got. Don't save anything. "
" The greatest asset, even in this country, is not oil and gas. It's integrity. Everyone is searching for it, asking, 'Who can I do business with that I can trust?' "
" Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day. "
" The referee is going to be the most important person in the ring tonight besides the fighters. "
" Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it. "
" I know from experience that you should never give up on yourself or others, no matter what. "
Never Give Up
" I get up in the morning looking for an adventure. "
" I am a winner each and every time I go into the ring. "
" The Olympic Gold medal in 1968 was definitely the highest moment of my career. It was a dream come true. I was a 19-year-old boy, and it was just amazing to be standing on top of the podium and hearing the National Anthem in the background. "
" Heroes have a rough time because they stand up when they ought not to, they speak when they ought not to; they always have to go that extra mile. "
" There are a lot of guys who are successful, they make a lot of big money, I mean millions overnight with a contract, and they don't understand the evaporation. It evaporates. You're always back to square one. I found that out, so integrity is how I do business. That's my main asset. "
" I was a tiger, a good fighter, in good shape, but I was always nervous before boxing matches. "
" I started a youth center in Houston. The kids would come in and want to learn to box; they wanted to tear up the world, beat up the world. And I'd try to show them they didn't need anger. They didn't need all that killing instinct they'd read about. You can be a human being and pursue boxing as a sport. "
" Generally when there's a lot of smoke... there's just a whole lot more smoke. "