Nell’ultima settimana se n’è parlato tanto: è morto Muhammad Ali, campione amatissimo, icona di un’epoca, grande sportivo ma anche personaggio carismatico e controverso.
[su_highlight background=”#d5dbfe”]Nato Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., cambiò nome dopo essersi convertito all’Islam; fu uno sportivo di prima categoria, si portò a casa 3 volte il titolo di campione del mondo e fu un grandissimo personaggio anche fuori dal ring.[/su_highlight]Memorabili le sue battaglie, le sue prese di posizione ma anche le sue celebri frasi che lo hanno reso “the greatest”: un comunicatore nato divenuto tale grazie alla grande attenzione riservatagli dai mass media.
Su di lui non c’è niente di più da dire di ciò che già è stato detto; l’unica cosa che possiamo fare è far tesoro di ciò che ci ha lasciato: queste sono le frasi più belle di Muhammad Ali.
Allora lasciati ispirare dalle sue parole e scegli la frase che più ti piace (ovviamente in lingua originale): io ho scelto la frase che vedi qui sotto; è molto famosa e dovrebbe ricordarti un noto brand di abbigliamento sportivo che la fece sua per molti anni.
[su_quote]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.[/su_quote]
“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”
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“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.”
“If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'”
“My trainer don’t tell me nothing between rounds. I don’t allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It’s too late for advice.”
“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”
“I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”
“I’m the greatest thing that ever lived! I’m the king of the world! I’m a bad man. I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived.”
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“People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.”
“The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.”
“Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.”
“I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.”
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“Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.”
[su_quote]Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.[/su_quote]