RIP Muhammad ‘The Greatest’ Ali, boxing legend


In Sydney, Australia the skies have opened as we mourn the passing of another great man; Muhammed Ali.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali was best known for his skills in the boxing ring; winning 56 of his 61 fights.

Modestly named “The Greatest”, he was acknowledged for his fight talk. I loved the way he knew he was as his nickname suggests – The Greatest. No maybes, or I’d like to be but rather, he was.

But, like many great people, he stood for more than boxing. He was also a civil rights campaigner and poet who pushed the boundaries of sport, race and nationality.


I admire anyone with passion, fierce determination and fights for causes greater than oneself. He was one such man.

Thank you for the wise words, Ali;  here are some of my favourites:

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. 
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
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.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

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.

There are no pleasures in a fight, but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.

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.

Fan The Flames

One of my favourite pages on Facebook is Word Porn. It would seem nearly almost every definition, quote or saying is appropriate to my life.

In fact, thanks to Word Porn I learnt the word Quaintrelle – the foundation of the name of this blog.

However, a quote came up a couple of days ago, and every time I look at it I love it a little more.

As the name of this blog implies, I live with a lot of passion, and I don’t mind taking risk if I think it will be good for me. However, sometimes you need others to help support, and encourage you.

This post, I dedicate to those who may, or may not know, the pride and love I feel towards them. People who have always supported me, and continue to fan my flames. I will always be grateful.



Wise Words: Know Your Friends

Women, no matter what size, are judged. By society, the media, men, and most harshly (I feel) by other women. So much judgement is going on, that many women (of all shapes and sizes) prefer to be plain in the hope of being invisible.

When I saw the below quote, it certainly rang true. If you’ve had a period of invisibility, don’t ever forget those who stood, or are standing by you. They are the people who love you no matter what. They are the people who matter.


Wise Words – RIP Nelson Mandela

Earlier this week, the world lost a truly great man. Most people on the planet know his amazing accomplishments for South Africa and humanity generally. But one quality I revere among others, was his ability to stand up, push forward and continue believing in what was right; even when all the odds were stacked against him.

I believe his legacy will be even stronger and more important now that he has passed. Why? Because it has to.

On Facebook one of my friends posted the below image – the quote resonates incredibly strongly with me right now. So if you too are falling down, or are down, I encourage you to take a minute, stand up, dust yourself off and keep on going. That’s certainly my plan.

RIP Madiba.