Why is this Muhammad Ali’s Best Quote?

We have been looking at some of the inspirational quotes by Muhammad Ali since his death, remembering why he was the greatest. This is my favorite:

“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.”

Everyone who’s made this country great had an impossible dream. George Washington: why shouldn’t the people who run a country step down voluntarily after four years? Or Alexander Hamilton: why shouldn’t our country have one national currency? (I just saw the musical, so I’m inspired by the Founding Fathers.) Or Thomas Edison: why should we have to light our homes with candles?

And how about today? Elon Musk: why can’t we have a car that doesn’t use gasoline? Or build a rocket that can turn around in space and land on an itty bitty platform back on earth? Or TOMS’ Blake Mycoskie: why can’t I figure out a way to get shoes to kids all over the world? Or Shervin Pishevar: why can’t I build a Hyper Loop to get from L.A. to San Francisco in 35 minutes? Or Pencils of Promise’s Adam Braun: why can’t I build schools all over the world? Or Kiva’s Jessica Jackley: why can’t there be a way for people here to lend money to people in developing countries who want to start small businesses? Or Method’s Eric Ryan: why can’t we have cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and smell good? Or 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki: why can’t people access their own genetic information? Or charity:water’s Scott Harrison: why can’t I bring clean water to people who don’t have it?

And for every kid who’s graduating this month with a crazy dream. (Or even if you haven’t graduated.) Go for it. Remember: Impossible is nothing.