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Ten of Muhammad Ali's most memorable quotes

MUHAMMAD Ali was known as much for what he said as for how he hit.

The boxing legend was honoured across the world in the wake of his death at the age of 74, and people took the chance to share Ali's most memorable quotes.

We've put together 10 of his most memorable quotes across a long period of his life. 

Most recently, Ali weighed in on the issue of Islam (see number 4 on our list) and its use as a tool in the U.S  presidential election.

Other memorable quotes came after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He told the New York Times (quote 5), that he was in no pain.

1. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't.

2. Don't count the days; make the days count.

3. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

4. We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.

5. If I was in perfect health - if I had won my last two fights - if I had no problem, people would be afraid of me. Now they feel sorry for me. They thought I was Superman. Now they can go, 'He's human, like us. He has problems'.

6. Bragging is when a person says something and can't do it. I do what I say.

7. Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

8. I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.

9. I've wrestled with alligators. I've tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail. You know I'm bad. Just last week, I murdered a rock. Injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean, I make medicine sick.

10. Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.