„I will defend my title as heavyweight champion of the world against all comers, none barred. By this I mean black, Mexican, Indian or any other nationality without regard to color, size or nativity. I propose to be the champion of the world, not the white or the Canadian or the American or any other limited degree of champion.“
„What could be better than walking down any street in any city and knowing you're the heavyweight champion of the world?“
— Rocky Marciano American boxer 1923 - 1969
After knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott to capture the heavyweight crown, quoted in Thomas Hauser, "Remembering the Brockton Blockbuster," http://www.nysun.com/article/19989?page_no=2 The New York Sun (2005-09-15)
„I achieved something once again, I think we all want to put a mark on life. I dream, and my dreams always come true. I dreamed I was the heavyweight champion of the world. I am the heavyweight champion of the world.“
— Larry Holmes American boxer 1949
As quoted in "Sport: Larry Holmes: I Still Have It" by Tom Callahan in TIME (21 June 1982).
— Evander Holyfield American boxer 1962
" Holyfield wins and vows not to quit http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/holyfield-wins-and-vows-not-to-quit/2007/07/01/1183228946187.html"; after defeating Lou Savarese June 30, 2007.
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
— Helmut Schmidt Chancellor of West Germany 1974-1982 1918 - 2015
in "Because Germany has to change" DIE ZEIT 22/2003 22. Mai 2003 http://www.zeit.de/2003/22/01n____leit_schmidt_text
„For inspiration I look to those great players who consistently found original ways to shock their opponents. None did this better than the eighth world champion, Mikhail Tal. The "Magician of Riga" rose to become champion in 1960 at age twenty-three and became famous for his aggressive, volatile play.“
— Garry Kasparov former chess world champion 1963
Part I, Chapter 5, Talent, p. 60-61
— John Millington Synge Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, and collector of folklore 1871 - 1909
— Lewis Morris (poet) Welsh poet in the English language 1833 - 1907
The Epic of Hades (1877), "Herakles".
„Bettinson lays out opinions on new weight classes and championship belts: "The question of uniformity of weight is most desirable" says Bettinson, "but there are other matters that also demand attention. So far weights are concerned, if a lad at 8st 8lb has proved himself best at that weight and is willing to dispute the premiership with any other boxer in the world, he is as much entitled to call himself champion of the world at 8st 8lb as is the equally unbeatable champion who is 2lb heavier. But yet we cannot afford to have too many classes for recognised world’s championship titles, and the eight divisions suggested by the ‘Sporting Life’ seem ample to meet all requirements. Let the weights be decided later, however.“
— Arthur Frederick Bettinson Manager and promoter of the National Sporting Club 1862 - 1926
„I know that I'm not the prettiest one, I'm not having big boobies or I'm not American, but I want people to remember me as the best female fighter, undefeated in MMA, and the UFC champion of the world“
— Joanna Jędrzejczyk Polish mixed martial artist 1987
Jędrzejczyk sharing her dream as a mixed martial artist at UFC 205 pre-fight press conference.
„Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Sonny Liston's not coming out! Sonny Liston's not coming out! He's out! The winner and new heavyweight champion of the world is Cassius Clay!“
— Howard Cosell American sportscaster 1918 - 1995
February 25, 1964, calling the victory of Cassius Clay (who would later change his name to Muhammad Ali) over Sonny Liston.<!--where is it published/quoted in durable form?-->
„Shave a gorilla and it would be almost impossible, at twenty paces, to distinguish him from a heavyweight champion of the world. Skin a chimpanzee, and it would take an autopsy to prove he was not a theologian.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Baltimore Evening Sun (4 April 1927)
„We cannot be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's leading supplier of the weapons of war.“
— Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
Context: Sometimes we try to justify this unsavory business on the cynical ground that by rationing out the means of violence we can somehow control the world’s violence. The fact is that we cannot have it both ways. Can we be both the world’s leading champion of peace and the world’s leading supplier of the weapons of war? "A Community of the Free" address at the The Foreign Policy Association NY, NY (23 June 1976); this is often paraphrased: We cannot be both the world’s leading champion of peace and the world’s leading supplier of the weapons of war.