MUHAMMED ALI by Yousuf Karsh [1970]

A KARSH REFLECTION | "I photographed (Ali) in 1970, as part of a series of young people for ‘Look’ Magazine… Muhammad Ali arrived at my New York studio with a breathless young editor trailing behind. They had jogged together from the ‘Look’ offices, the young editor carrying Ali’s heavy portable telephone  which Ali said kept him in “constant contact with the world.” Since the editor was a slight young man, I smiled to myself as I imagined this improbable duo and the incredulous stares of the passers-by as they made their way up Madison Avenue. ‘The Greatest’ and I talked about his triumphs, about patent medicine, about the commercials he was making, but there was for me no real contact. The pinstriped suit he wore for our sitting was chosen not for business but to command the respect he rightly felt he deserved." | Yousuf Karsh

PLUNGE INTO THE WORDS AND WORLD OF ALI

  • It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. | Muhammad Ali
  • 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. | Muhammad Ali
  • When a man says I cannot, he has made a suggestion to himself. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which otherwise would have been accomplished. | Muhammed Ali
  • Champions aren’t made in gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. | Muhammed Ali
  • It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. | Muhammed Ali
  • 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. | Muhammed Ali

Take some time to ponder one or two quotations that resonate with you and share your reflections in the comments section.

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