February 3, 2017
It’s a tribute to self-confidence, a motivational-poster caption with a hundred different photos just featuring Muhammad Ali.
On the mural, Ali is quoted, I said I was even before I knew I was.” Here’s the more commonly-accepted version:
“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
Can you guess? It’s difficult to pin down a solid attribution for the quote. I have little doubt he said it — but can someone say where?
February 1, 2017
Texas Gov. Ann Richards in the Governor’s Office, with the motorcycle she got on her birthday. Texas State Library image.
Sarah Weddington wrote:
Ann now rests at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. Her grave marker reads, “Today we have a vision of a Texas where opportunity knows no race, no gender, no color—a glimpse of what can happen in government if we simply open the doors and let the people in.”
Weddington wrote a remembrance to Richards in The Texas Observer, October 12, 2012. This quote comes from Richards’s speech at her inauguration as Texas Governor, January 15, 1991.
Richards served Texas as governor, 1991 to 1995.
Let the sunshine in, then!
Texas Gov. Ann Richards’s grave marker in the Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas, reverse. Quote comes from her 1991 inaugural address. Image from Findagrave.com