LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — When Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday, the world truly lost a legend.

Besides his boxing greatness, Ali had a special way with words that inspired millions.

Here is a look back at 21 of his most famous quotes:

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

“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.”

“Don’t count the days; make the days count”

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

“At home I am a nice guy, but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”

“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

“I won’t miss boxing. Boxing will miss me.”

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

“A man who has no imagination has no wings.”

“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.”

“I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.”

“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.”

“I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.”

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“How tall are you? So I can know in advance how far to step back when you fall down!”

“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”

“Only a man who knows what 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.”

“I don’t have to be what you want me to be.”

“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”

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