Mike Tyson’s Best Quotes

Mike Tyson in a boxing ring fighting his opponent

Explore the mind of Mike Tyson through this handpicked selection of 38 of his best quotes. From resilience to determination, these quotes offer an insight into the mind of a boxing legend.

  1. “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson
  2. “Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson
  3. “The only thing I do is just pray for inspiration, for a way of thinking, because I don’t have any particular goal in sight.” – Mike Tyson
  4. “Fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It’s like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house. If you can’t control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you.” – Mike Tyson
  5. “I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.” – Mike Tyson
  6. “As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.” – Mike Tyson
  7. “I’m not Mother Teresa, but I’m not Charles Manson, either.” – Mike Tyson
  8. “Everyone in boxing probably makes out well except for the fighter.” – Mike Tyson
  9. “A man who was friendly with everyone was an enemy to himself.” – Mike Tyson
  10. “I’m just a regular person who believes life is simple, and I like a simple life.” – Mike Tyson
  11. “I’m a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me.” – Mike Tyson
  12. “I feel like sometimes that I was not meant for this society.” – Mike Tyson
  13. “I just want to be humble at all times.” – Mike Tyson
  14. “I’m just the kind of person who tries to do my best at whatever I’m doing.” – Mike Tyson
  15. “I know I’m going to blow one day. My life is doomed the way it is. I have no future.” – Mike Tyson
  16. “I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.” – Mike Tyson
  17. “My biggest weakness is my sensitivity. I am too sensitive a person.” – Mike Tyson
  18. “My main objective is to be professional, but to kill him.” – Mike Tyson
  19. “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson
  20. “Fighting is a sport; if you’re not humble it’s going to bring humbleness to you.” – Mike Tyson
  21. “I just want to conquer people and their souls.” – Mike Tyson
  22. “Life is all about believing in yourself, and you’ve got to motivate yourself.” – Mike Tyson
  23. “I’m not afraid to die. I’m afraid to not live.” – Mike Tyson
  24. “My power is discombobulatingly devastating. I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It’s ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.” – Mike Tyson
  25. “I’m not trying to be no philosopher or anything like that.” – Mike Tyson
  26. “Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent.” – Mike Tyson
  27. “I’m a gladiator, I’m a king, I’m a warrior, I’m an emperor, I’m everything. I’m everything, you know, all this talk of Mike Tyson being washed up, it’s just ludicrous, you know, I’m washed up and I’m still the biggest fighter in the world, that’s what you tell me, how does that sound to you?” – Mike Tyson
  28. “I just want to be remembered, you know, I just want to be remembered the way I am.” – Mike Tyson
  29. “I’m in trouble because I’m normal and slightly arrogant. A lot of people don’t like themselves and I happen to be totally in love with myself.” – Mike Tyson
  30. “When you have something in life that you want to accomplish greatly, you have to be willing to give up your happiness…I’ve lost all my sensitivity as far as being embarrassed, being shy, you just have to lose that.” – Mike Tyson
  31. “Everybody thinks this is a tough man’s sport. This is not a tough man’s sport. This is a thinking man’s sport. A tough man is gonna get hurt real bad in this sport.” – Mike Tyson
  32. “I don’t react to a tragic happening any more. I took so many bad things as a kid and some people think I don’t care about anything. It’s just too hard for me to get emotional. I can’t cry no more.” – Mike Tyson
  33. “I’m just a dark guy from a den of iniquity. A dark shadowy figure from the bowels of iniquity. I wish I could be Mike who gets an endorsement deal. But you can’t make a lie and a truth go together. This country wasn’t built on moral fiber. This country was built on rape, slavery, murder, degradation and affiliation with crime.” – Mike Tyson
  34. “I just have this thing inside me that wants to eat and conquer. Maybe it’s egotistical, but I have it in me. I don’t want to be a tycoon. I just want to conquer people and their souls.” – Mike Tyson
  35. “I’m the biggest fighter in the history of the sport. If you don’t believe it, check the cash register.” – Mike Tyson
  36. “I want to rip out his heart and feed it to him [Lennox Lewis]. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children.” – Mike Tyson
  37. “I’m just a street kid from Brownsville. I’m not even supposed to be here. That’s enough.” – Mike Tyson
  38. “Sometimes I put on a ski mask and dress in old clothes, go out on the streets and beg for quarters.” – Mike Tyson

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