117 inspiring Quotes by George Foreman

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There could be few of the population who don’t know about a retired American boxer, George Foreman. He has won boxing’s heavyweight championship twice. After retirement, he was presented as a famous pitchman and mostly renowned for his George Foreman Grill.

Moreover, in 1968, his hard work helped him win Olympic gold and powered through boxing’s heavyweight division that made him world championship in 1973. Again when he was 45 years old, he won world champion for a second time. After that, he embarks on a successful post-boxing career as a pitchman and entrepreneur.

George Foreman with his family
George Foreman with his family

“It’s great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later.”― George Foreman.

“It’s very important that people know that I really enjoy everything that has happened to me. And I tell my kids… you’re not going to be the tallest, fastest, prettiest, the best track runner, but you can be the nicest human being that someone has ever met in their life. And I just want to leave that legacy that being nice is a true treasure.”― George Foreman.

“That’s my gift. I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck’s back. If it’s not positive, I didn’t hear it. If you can overcome that, fights are easy.”― George Foreman

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“I love the pigeons. I just raise them, period, and feed them. Pigeons go away, and they always come back. You get a touch of freedom, and then they are free to come back to you. I love the idea of pigeons.”― George Foreman

“Heroes have a rough time because they stand up when they ought not to, they speak when they ought not to; they always have to go that extra mile.”― George Foreman

“I am so happy to be alive. That’s the one thing I’d like for people to know. Sometimes people walk by and slip up and say the wrong thing about me, and I’ll smile. They wonder why am I smiling. Because I’m happy that I’m alive.”― George Foreman

“I wanted to be the best street fighter in Houston, Texas. And I thought if I got a trophy or two, I’d go back home, and everyone would be afraid of me. I had one fight in ’67, the first one. In ’68 of October, I was an Olympic gold-medalist, a dream come true, with a total of 25 boxing matches.”― George Foreman

“Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day.”― George Foreman

“Generally when there’s a lot of smoke… there’s just a whole lot more smoke.”― George Foreman

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“I dread handshakes. I’ve got some problems with my hands, and everywhere I go, people want to impress me with their grip. To make it worse, now women are coming up with that firm shake. So I’ll say, ‘Gimme five!’ If a boy wants a handshake, I’ll just give him a hug.”― George Foreman

“In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But, for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didn’t have any fear. I thought, ‘This is easy. This is what I’ve been waiting for’. No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost.”― George Foreman

“Changing your nature is the hardest thing to do. But I discovered that you can be who you choose to be.”― George Foreman

“You don’t know what it is to be heavyweight champ of the world until you become the heavyweight champ of the world.”― George Foreman

“I am a winner each and every time I go into the ring.”― George Foreman

“I know from experience that you should never give up on yourself or others, no matter what.”― George Foreman

“A hero is someone right who doesn’t change.”― George Foreman

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George Foreman Grill recipes

“The referee is going to be the most important person in the ring tonight besides the fighters.”― George Foreman

“So many of us have loved ones and people we really care about, and the only time we show affection is when they are gone. I have preached at funerals, and you see loved ones who didn’t even say hello to dear ones when they were alive. Give them hugs, kisses while they are alive and need it.”― George Foreman

“We all think we’ve got one more boxing match in us, and that, probably, will be the downfall of Floyd Mayweather, George Foreman, Manny Pacquiao. We’ll overstay our welcome.”― George Foreman

“But boxing was my profession. I had to go back the second time because I was broke and I couldn’t just go and get a college degree and earn it. I had too many bills, too many families.”― George Foreman

“The greatest asset, even in this country, is not oil and gas. It’s integrity. Everyone is searching for it, asking, ‘Who can I do business with that I can trust?’”― George Foreman

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“A Jack Russell terrier? My god. He’ll burn you up. They never stop. A German shepherd, you can only go so many miles.”― George Foreman

“People are hurt in love affairs and never recover, more than a boxing match.”― George Foreman

“When I was a boxer, I wanted to be champion of the world, not the richest man in the world.”― George Foreman

“The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.”― George Foreman

“You may have even an ex-wife or an ex-husband, but you can never have ex-children.”― George Foreman

“Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.”― George Foreman

George Foreman vs. Ken Norton fight in Venezuela
George Foreman vs. Ken Norton fight in Venezuela

“Everybody wants to be somebody. The thing you have to do is give them confidence they can. You have to give a kid a dream.”― George Foreman

“Evil lurks where disappointment lodges.”― George Foreman

“Oh, there’s nothing more dangerous in life at getting hurt at than love itself. People are hurt in love affairs and never recover, more than a boxing match.”― George Foreman

“Boxing has been the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. The biggest challenge in my life. I was a boxer. That was hard. Everything else is pretty easy.”― George Foreman

“Sports are sports. Its all about how we carry ourselves out of the ring.”― George Foreman

“The sport needs a personality, not a fighter. We’ve got plenty of great fighters in the sport, but no personalities. No one is standing for anything. The last personality we had was Mike Tyson. He stood for something. It wasn’t much, but he stood for something.”― George Foreman

“They’ll take everything, even your tears.”― George Foreman

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“Just take one step at a time, trusting that God still has a plan for you, and He will make the best out of your situation.”― George Foreman

“I feel that I had been rescued from the gutter by America. One day I was under the gutter, chased by police, thinking dogs were going to get me. I laid there listening to the dogs and the gutter. The next day, there I am standing on the Olympic platform, and you hear the anthem. I was proud.”― George Foreman

“It’s strange because you – your life goes so swiftly. You look up one day you’re a teenager, the next day you’re a grandfather and you want to decide, ‘I sure hope my kids don’t make the same mistakes.’”― George Foreman

“The Internal Revenue Service is the real undefeated heavyweight champion.”― George Foreman

“I never get upset about what I read in the newspaper. I realize that every human being can make a difference in this world.”― George Foreman

“Put your name on something, it better be the best… you only get one shot.”― George Foreman

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“If you can maintain that integrity in whatever you do, you can’t go wrong. That’s what I tell my kids, anyway.”― George Foreman

“Just look at the great Nelson Mandela. He came out of prison and saved his entire country. Some of the best people in the world have spent time in prison.”― George Foreman

“I started a youth center in Houston. The kids would come in and want to learn to box; they wanted to tear up the world, beat up the world. And I’d try to show them they didn’t need anger. They didn’t need all that killing instinct they’d read about. You can be a human being and pursue boxing as a sport.”― George Foreman

“In raising children, life brings forth those things where you do what you should never have done and what I taught you never to do. And when my kids have done those things, I just kind of look at them and say, ‘Now you know life.’”― George Foreman

George Foreman quote on retirement and god
George Foreman quote on retirement and god

“You wouldn’t meet a Joe Frazier down today and then up tomorrow, said hello to big shots then ignore someone on the lower level; he was the most consistent human being. What you see is what you get.”― George Foreman

“Frazier was not a big man at all. Frazier was about 5’9, but he would make anyone run. Put up your dukes and cover up because he’s coming. He never backed up from anyone.”― George Foreman

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“Money is a good thing, but every morning you have to get up with something no one else in the world gets up with – that’s that image. That face you see in the mirror, you got to love it, and you better do some things that you feel good about inside of you. Of course, money is going to come, but make certain that you do some good with it.”― George Foreman

“I get up in the morning looking for an adventure.”― George Foreman

“If you learn to sell, it’s worth more than a degree. It’s worth more than the heavyweight championship of the world. It’s even more important than having a million dollars in the bank. Learn to sell, and you’ll never starve.”― George Foreman

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“I want to keep fighting because it is the only thing that keeps me out of the hamburger joints. If I don’t fight, I’ll eat this planet.”― George Foreman

“I don’t even think about a retirement program because I’m working for the Lord, for the Almighty. And even thought the Lord’s pay isn’t very high, his retirement program is, you might say, out of this world.”― George Foreman

“I’m a winner each and every time I go into the ring.”― George Foreman

“When I was a kid in Houston, we were so poor we couldn’t afford the last 2 letters, so we called ourselves po’.”― George Foreman

“My mother was watching on television and she doesn’t want me to hurt anyone.”― George Foreman

“George Foreman. A miracle. A mystery to myself. Who am I? The mirror says back. The George you was always meant to be. Wasn’t always like that. Used to look in the mirror and cried a river.”― George Foreman

“My kids idea of a hard life is to live in a house with only one phone.”― George Foreman

“I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.”― George Foreman

“Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.”― George Foreman

“As a child I was sometimes so hungry that I used to dream that one day I’d get locked in a grocery store.”― George Foreman

“I dread handshakes. I’ve got some problems with my hands, and everywhere I go, people want to impress me with their grip. To make it worse, now women are coming up with that firm shake.”― George Foreman

“All my sons are named George Foreman. They all know where they came from.”― George Foreman

“I look at my children and one thing I’m most proud of, in my heart, are my children.”― George Foreman

“As a matter of fact, there was a period of time, especially in my first career, when that’s the only one who would work out with me: my dogs. As you get better and better working out, there’s no one who can keep up with you running.”― George Foreman

“After you work out, you have your dog with you. There’s no better companion. You’ve got to have a friend. I didn’t like opponents who had dogs with them. Because you know they had a little edge. They have a friend.”― George Foreman

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“All the dogs I have are German shepherds from Germany, and I fly them back to Germany to show them.”― George Foreman

“I hope to have one more boxing match at the age of 55. Given that demographic at the age of 55 to 65, you’ve got to make a statement with your life. Otherwise, you are just existing.”― George Foreman

“Sonny Liston stood up to me and actually made me give ground. No one has ever done that to me before or since.”― George Foreman

“I think its so good for boxing when a new guy or new blood as we call it, makes a big statement.”― George Foreman

“I was a tiger, a good fighter, in good shape, but I was always nervous before boxing matches.”― George Foreman

Mike Tyson and George Foreman
Mike Tyson and George Foreman

“I cannot remember a time when I was not getting into fights.”― George Foreman

“You don’t have to try to hurt people and be angry to be an athlete.”― George Foreman

“It would be hard to throw a punch to someone who wasn’t a boxer, who wasn’t in the ring, and who didn’t have on a pair of boxing gloves and who hadn’t been training.”― George Foreman

“Preaching is the most original thing I’ve ever done. There’s nothing familiar about it. You have to be brave.”― George Foreman

“I named all my sons George Edward Foreman. And I tell people, ‘If you’re going to get hit as many times as I’ve been hit by Mohammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Evander Holyfield – you’re not going to remember many names.’”― George Foreman

“The fighters who give it all will be around for next year. Give it all you’ve got. Don’t save anything.”― George Foreman

“I think that every boxer should understand he’s on the pedestal for a short span. It’s best that you use boxing and don’t let boxing use you. Use boxing to sell, because people are selling you through your boxing career, so you have to learn to sell yourself, and you’ll never starve.”― George Foreman

Michael Moorer Vs George Foreman
Michael Moorer Vs George Foreman

“’Iron’ Mike Tyson is the last boxer who was truly embraced by the media. They followed him around. You didn’t know what he was going to do next: bite you, cut you, fight you. When you think about it, that defines him – it was an exciting adventure.”― George Foreman

“Growing up poor, I didn’t even have a lunch to take to school. Lunch was 26 cents, and we didn’t even know what 26 cents looked like. I didn’t love school because I wanted to disguise that I was poorer than everybody else.”― George Foreman

“I remember in school once the teacher gave us a speech about anyone can make it if they try, and then she looked at me and said. ‘I don’t know what you are going to do, Georgie.’”― George Foreman

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“There shouldn’t be budget problems. There is so much money that goes untapped. If every athlete gave 5% of what they earned, there wouldn’t be any budget problems.”― George Foreman

“I wanted to be champ of the world, but I kept hoping something would happen to Frazier. I didn’t want to fight him. Nobody wanted to fight Joe Frazier.”― George Foreman

“When you’re in a single-parent home, they try to give you a good foundation, but by the time you’re 4 or 5 years old, from that point on you’re pretty much on your own.”― George Foreman

“In 1973 I became heavyweight champion of the world with 38 victories, no defeats as a professional. You get to a point where you think you cannot lose. I felt like I had the greatest power with my fists, I was the strongest man in the world.”― George Foreman

“My friends know that they’re my friends – even my enemies know that they’re my friends.”― George Foreman

“As you get better and better working out, there’s no one who can keep up with you running. If you don’t have a good dog, it’s going to be the most lonesome training camp you’ll ever have.”― George Foreman

“I’m never without my dog. They would be in every corner of the house, and my wife will not allow me to have any more than that. But I have lots of dogs. I love the dogs. I breed them. I always have a puppy coming. And I show dogs. I show German shepherds.”― George Foreman

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“You’ve got to keep a dog with you at all times. A dog cannot roam. You’ve got to keep him in the house with you. You can’t have a wild dog and expect days to go good.”― George Foreman

“I just don’t know how I was able to be a boxer in the first place without believing God.”― George Foreman

“When I was in the ring, you really saw the best of me. Outside the ring, I was really some terrible fellow.”― George Foreman

“When you speak to a lot of kids, as I’ve done over the years, you know what to say, keep them laughing, good illustrations and learn to read.”― George Foreman

“When it gets to the part in life where you’re more afraid of what your wife is going to do to you than if you box, say, Mike Tyson, you’ve got to get a new profession. You don’t get to be a family. I know why boxers never quit, some of them. They don’t have wives.”― George Foreman

“You got to look nice. If you got 10 kids, they’ll talk about you if you don’t look nice.”― George Foreman

“Getting up to Zaire – getting ready to fight Muhammad Ali – I thought this will be a matter of just a little exercise. I’ll probably knock him out in three rounds. Two, three – maybe three and a half rounds. That was the most confidence I had in my whole life.”― George Foreman

“All of a sudden, one day, you’re this boxer that everybody like, or you’re this guy that people pass on the highway and wave at. The next day, you’re this guy that everybody want to touch – be in touch with you. Then you think that this is the answer to all things.”― George Foreman

“I’m on the record for five losses or something like that, but the one guy who really whipped me was Muhammad Ali. And it taught me one big lesson. That no matter how big and strong you are, you’re going to have to use your mind. You must think things out.”― George Foreman

George Foreman and Muhammad Ali with Oscars
George Foreman and Muhammad Ali with Oscars

“The integration of a headgear in professional boxing would do so much to make it safer for young men. They could go into the sport, make a lot of money and then come out and be good grandfathers.”― George Foreman

Muhammad Ali is a true hero, and the fact there’s something wrong with him is his badge of valour. He’s a great man.”― George Foreman

“You’ve got to have a focus. You just fight for money, you get hurt. You focus on the title, you’ll just naturally make money doing it.”― George Foreman

“I got a strength coach. My wife. She gets big chains, and at night she puts them around the refrigerator. They are so strong, I can’t break them.”― George Foreman

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“There are a lot of guys who are successful, they make a lot of big money, I mean millions overnight with a contract, and they don’t understand the evaporation. It evaporates. You’re always back to square one. I found that out, so integrity is how I do business. That’s my main asset.”― George Foreman

“You want to leave something; you really do. I mean, in the end, statues and all those things, that doesn’t mean anything. Leave something that we’re all going to benefit from. I think that’s what I’d like to do.”― George Foreman

“Every day, getting up early in the morning before much traffic, my wife takes me 10 miles from home, drops me off, and I have to get back.”― George Foreman

“My favorite drink is water – the bland one: Evian. I stick with that. I celebrate in the evening sometimes with Perrier. That’s why I love coming to California. They’re always talking to you about bottled water.”― George Foreman

“When I step into the ring with someone, this has got to be their vacation spot, but my home turf. So I go the opposite side seven rounds doing the same thing. Skipping, skipping, skipping. Then I go seven rounds going both ways. Skip to the left, skip to the right.”― George Foreman

“We’d always said boxers shouldn’t lift weights. Now I realize some champion boxer started that rumor. I noticed if I did weights a couple of times a week, I would be able to hit that jab a lot longer. After sparring, everybody’s gone, and I sneak into the weight room. Spend 40 minutes in there lifting weights.”― George Foreman

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“I’ve been on the opposite side of decisions before when the crowd would be booing and saying that I lost. I’ve lived with it. Judging in boxing has been same since the beginning, and it isn’t gonna change.”― George Foreman

“We fought in 1974 – that was a long time ago. After 1981, we became the best of friends. By 1984, we loved each other. I am not closer to anyone else in this life than I am to Muhammad Ali. Why? We were forged by that first fight in Zaire, and our lives are indelibly linked by memories and photographs, as young men and old men.”― George Foreman

“Heroes always have their scars. Some you can see, some you read about later on.”― George Foreman

“I teach kids that want to be tough that their fists are not the way.”― George Foreman

“I want to tell everybody that there is really a living God.”― George Foreman

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“When I left boxing in 1977 to be a preacher, I couldn’t make a fist after I learned about Jesus Christ.”― George Foreman      

“I love the UFC. I love it. If they had had that back when I was coming up, in 1966, it would have been my sport. Man, I love it. And you know what? Nobody would have pulled the rope-a-dope on me.”― George Foreman

“I tell my sons all the time, ‘The most important thing in your life is fitness,’ but a lot of fighters go overboard.”― George Foreman

“The Olympic Gold medal in 1968 was definitely the highest moment of my career. It was a dream come true. I was a 19-year-old boy, and it was just amazing to be standing on top of the podium and hearing the National Anthem in the background.”― George Foreman

“I’d have to say losing the title to Ali in ’74 was the lowest moment in sports for me. It was the most devastating thing in my boxing career, and it still hurts to this day.”― George Foreman

“Anytime I can sneak in a moment to fish and ride horses, I’m a happy camper.”― George Foreman

“They call it the rope-a-dope. Well, I’m the dope. Ali just laid on the rope and I, like a dope, kept punching until I got tired. But he was probably the most smart fighter I’ve ever gotten into the ring with.”― George Foreman

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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