159+ Best Mike Tyson Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Michael Gerard Tyson is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. At age 20, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history and reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion. Inspirational Mike Tyson quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Mike Tyson Quotes

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

Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth. – Mike Tyson

Fighting is a sport; if you’re not humble it’s going to bring humbleness to you. – Mike Tyson

Fear is the greatest obstacle to learning. But fear is your best friend. Fear is like fire. If you learn to control it, you let it work for you. If you don’t learn to control it, it’ll destroy you and everything around you. Like a snowball on a hill, you can pick it up and throw it or do anything you want with it before it starts rolling down, but once it rolls down and gets so big, it’ll crush you to death. So one must never allow fear to develop and build up without having control over it, because if you don’t you won’t be able to achieve your objective or save your life. – Mike Tyson

I’m on the Zoloft to keep from killing y’all. – Mike Tyson

It’s good to know how to read, but it’s dangerous to know how to read and not how to interpret what you’re reading. – Mike Tyson

Sometimes, the people we invest the most time in disappoint us the most. – Mike Tyson

Hard times fall upon everybody. Whatever it is, we’re going to get out of it. – Mike Tyson

No one wants to get up at 4 and run when it’s pitch-dark, but it has to be done. The only reason i do it so early is because i believe the other guy isn’t doing it and that gives me a little edge. – Mike Tyson

There’s nothing like being young, and happy, and fighting. – Mike Tyson

The one thing I know, everyone respects the true person and everyone’s not true with themselves. – Mike Tyson

Fighting is all about calmness and relaxation. My appearance was all an illusion. My appearance is of a mad man, but I’m really calm and collected. Even though I’m fighting, I’m calm and relaxed as possible, despite my displays, because once you get excited, you can’t fight at the highest level of your ability. – Mike Tyson

You can’t be disturbed by anything. There’s no emotion involved. You can’t feel sorrow, you can’t feel pity, there’s nothing you feel. The job has to be done. – Mike Tyson

Every win, regardless a good or bad one, gives you more confidence. – Mike Tyson

The most important thing in the world for show business, really, you know everything’s a high-tech business, but what people want now is what they can’t get – exclusivity. – Mike Tyson

Anger is my biggest enemy in life. – Mike Tyson

You have to compete in life because if you don’t have no competition – no competition, no spirit, you know, you’ll fall under the slightest struggle. – Mike Tyson

I’m the best fighter in the world. No one can beat me…. My objective is to inflict as much pain as possible, to win and win spectacularly…Ever since I was 12 years old, I was groomed to be the heavyweight champion of the world. I’ve been prepared to handle the pressure, the dealing with the press, everything. – Mike Tyson

You stand your ground and you perform your art. That’s what the artist does. The artist is about perfection. – Mike Tyson

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. If you can control your fear, it makes you more alert, like a deer coming across the lawn. – Mike Tyson

I was an emotional manipulator of fighters . . . You have to know how to be cold, you know? Just have no -emotions, no feelings. It takes time, though, to develop that. I’d been working on that since I was 12 years old. It doesn’t happen overnight. – Mike Tyson

We all have struggles in life but we have to continue to fight. – Mike Tyson

To be successful in sports or business, you really have to live the lifestyle. Success is about lifestyle. Just because I was training and working hard, that didn’t make me champion or a good fighter. My lifestyle made me a good fighter. In my mind and my daily life, I was the heavy weight champ when I was 15 or 14. I lived the life of the heavyweight champion, and that’s who I became. And that is so much more than just training. So, when the time presented itself, that’s who I already was. I was ready. I was already there. – Mike Tyson

I’m a bad guy. But if I was a good guy, nobody would want to pay to see me fight. – Mike Tyson

Cus was my father but he was more than a father. You can have a father and what does it mean? It doesn’t really mean anything. Cus was my backbone… He did everything for my best interest… We’d spend all our time together, talk about things that, later on, would come back to me. Like about character, and courage. Like the hero and the coward: that the hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters. – Mike Tyson

I’ll never be happy. I believe I’ll die alone. I would want it that way. I’ve been a loner all my life with my secrets and my pain. I’m really lost, but I’m trying to find myself. I’m really a sad, pathetic case. My whole life has been a waste. I’ve been a failure. I just want to escape. – Mike Tyson

I normally don’t do interviews with women unless I fornicate with them. – Mike Tyson

I had to persevere because this was my life. This championship, this was the stuff I dreamt of all my life, and I wasn’t gonna be denied. – Mike Tyson

People love you when you’re successful, but if you’re not, who really cares about you? – Mike Tyson

People say ‘Poor guy.’ That insults me. I despise sympathy. So, I screwed up. I made some mistakes. ‘Poor guy,’ like I’m some victim. There’s nothing poor about me. – Mike Tyson

Treat the world the way you want to be treated. – Mike Tyson

I could have knocked him out in the 3rd round but I wanted to do it slowly, so he would remember this night for a long time. – Mike Tyson

How dare these boxers challenge me with their primitive skills? It makes me angry. – Mike Tyson

Yes, time flies. And where did it leave you? Old too soon…smart too late. – Mike Tyson

Cus D’Amato told me, ‘You’re the type of guy who has to be hurt to learn.’ I’m pissed off today because he was right about everything. – Mike Tyson

Anyone with a grain of sense would know that if I punched my wife, I would rip her head off. It’s all lies. I have never laid a finger on her. – Mike Tyson

My biggest weakness is my sensitivity. I am too sensitive a person. – Mike Tyson

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap – people shouldn’t read that stuff. – Mike Tyson

We’re all going to have tests in our life… We never know when that test comes, but we know we have to be prepared for it. We’re all going to be tested. The dark energy is going to knock on all of our doors. – Mike Tyson

I’m just like you. I enjoy the forbidden fruits in life, too. – Mike Tyson

We all have to control our feelings. That’s the thing that separates us from animals. – Mike Tyson

You can’t be everybody’s friend, you can’t save the world, I learned this word: self-preservation. Once you do that, you can be friends with people, but how would you be a friend to anybody if you’re not a friend to yourself. – Mike Tyson

If you did everything your mind told you to do, you do some really strange stuff. You’ll probably be in jail, you’ll be in trouble. But, it’s all about control. We all have to control our feelings. That’s the thing that separates us from animals. – Mike Tyson

I don’t try to intimidate anybody before a fight. That’s nonsense. I intimidate people by hitting them. – Mike Tyson

Confidence breeds success & success breeds confidence… Confidence applied properly surpasses genius. – Mike Tyson

The tempt for greatness is the biggest drug in the world. – Mike Tyson

You never lose until you actually give up. – Mike Tyson

I’m scared every time I go into the ring, but it’s how you handle it. What you have to do is plant your feet, bite down on your mouthpiece and say, ‘Let’s go.’ – Mike Tyson

You have to feel comfortable being uncomfortable. I’m always comfortable being uncomfortable. And to be comfortable being uncomfortable, I have to hone my discipline, which to me is doing what I have to do, but also doing it like I love it. – Mike Tyson

There’s nothing like confidence. – Mike Tyson

Any man can do what he has to do. But doing it like you love it? That is what takes it to a whole different level. A champion does it like he loves it, even when he doesn’t. – Mike Tyson

Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it. – Mike Tyson

Everybody you fight is not your enemy and everybody who helps you is not your friend. – Mike Tyson

Everybody in boxing probably makes out well except for the fighter. – Mike Tyson

Tupac Shakur always wanted me to smoke weed with him, and I never did it, and I wish I did…That’s my biggest regret. – Mike Tyson

My power is discombobulatingly devastating. It’s ludricrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm. – Mike Tyson

In order to succeed greatly, you have to be prepared to fail greatly. If you can’t do both of them, you’ve got a problem. – Mike Tyson

At one point, I thought life was about acquiring things. But as a I get older; life is totally about losing everything. – Mike Tyson

As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want. – Mike Tyson

Confidence applied properly is the path of genius. You must always be in a state of confidence. And the way you sustain a state of confidence is by testing yourself. Difficult quagmires that may occur; there’s always a test. You have to seek them out. You constantly have to test yourself to prepare for these quagmires. That’s why I always put myself to the test. – Mike Tyson

Fighting is not physical, fighting is spiritual. It’s the determination and the will in the guy. – Mike Tyson

Money is my God. If you think God will help you then quit your job and see how much he cares. – Mike Tyson

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour. If Tetris has taught me anything, it’s that errors pile up & accomplishments disappear. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. – Mike Tyson

You need to learn independence. You have to be independent – it builds character. – Mike Tyson

A man that is a friend to everyone is an enemy to himself. – Mike Tyson

Without struggle, there is no progress. There has to be struggle in your life. You have to grow in experience to control your ego. Cause, you know, an ego can be crushed, it can be killed, it can be smashed, but it comes back. It never dies. That’s the thing about the ego: it never dies. – Mike Tyson

I’m the best ever. I’m the most brutal and vicious, and most ruthless champion there’s ever been. There’s no one can stop me. Lennox is a conqueror? No, I’m Alexander, he’s no Alexander. I’m the best ever! There’s never been anybody as ruthless! I’m Sonny Liston, I’m Jack Dempsey. There’s no one like me. I’m from their cloth. There’s no one that can match me. My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I’m just ferocious. I want your heart! I want to eat his children! Praise be to Allah! – Mike Tyson

I was in handcuffs. I was under arrest. I remember there was this old lady looking at me, and I could tell she felt real sorry for me, and she did’nt know but all I wanted to do was take her purse. – Mike Tyson

In order to be a friend to anybody, you have to be a friend to yourself. If you’re not a friend to yourself, there’s no way you’re gonna have any friends. – Mike Tyson

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

In order for me to achieve… I had to regard myself greater than what I was. In other words I had to fake it until I make it. – Mike Tyson

I had it in my mind: to be confident, and to keep saying that until the confidence appeared. But I took it too far. Confidence did help make me champion, but, man, I took it to a whole different level. I was a megalomaniac. I was not humble and it eventually came back on me. So I want my kids to know, keep humbleness and kindness in their hearts. It will prevail. – Mike Tyson

I feel like sometimes that I was not meant for this society. – Mike Tyson

Sometimes I put on a ski mask and dress in old clothes, go out on the streets and beg for quarters. – Mike Tyson

One day some guy is going to get a billion-dollar fight. – Mike Tyson

Every time there’s a revolution, it comes from somebody reading a book about revolution. David Walker wrote a book and Nat Turner did his thing. – Mike Tyson

When you see me smash somebody’s skull, you enjoy it. – Mike Tyson

I’m going to gut you like a fish. – Mike Tyson

I don’t understand why people would want to get rid of pigeons. They don’t bother no one. – Mike Tyson

When I fight someone, I want to break his will. I want to take his manhood. I want to rip out his heart and show it to him. – Mike Tyson

I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children. – Mike Tyson

Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent. – Mike Tyson

Another thing that freaks me out is time. Time is like a book. You have a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s just a cycle. – Mike Tyson

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

God lets everything happen for a reason. It’s all a learning process, and you have to go from one level to another. – Mike Tyson

I’ve lived places these guys can’t defecate in. – Mike Tyson

I just want to be humble at all times. – Mike Tyson

I intend to fight and I want to win. But my priorities are basically to be a good Brother and a strong one, and to try to be a good father one day. – Mike Tyson

You come home, and you party. But after that, you get a hangover. Everything about that is negative. – Mike Tyson

I ain’t the same person I was when I bit that guy’s ear off. – Mike Tyson

If Jesus was here, do you think Jesus would show me any love? Do you think Jesus would love me? – Mike Tyson

Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people; greatness is being accepted by the people. – Mike Tyson

I just want to do what I do best, and that’s fight. I love it. – Mike Tyson

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

Some people try to get you out of slavery for you to be their slave. – Mike Tyson

When Jesus comes back, these crazy, greedy, capitalistic men are gonna kill him again. – Mike Tyson

I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It’s ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm. – Mike Tyson

I just look around and say, I’m a mess. I don’t know why I do things. – Mike Tyson

I did my time for the rape. I paid my money to Las Vegas. I paid my dues. – Mike Tyson

I’m not Mother Teresa, but I’m not Charles Manson, either. – Mike Tyson

I think I’ll take a bath in his blood. – Mike Tyson

That’s what people respect, the fact that I wasn’t a chump that laid on his back and gave up. – Mike Tyson

I know how hard it is to be a woman, especially a black woman. – Mike Tyson

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

I know I’m going to blow one day. My life is doomed the way it is. I have no future. – Mike Tyson

Quayle said the worst thing that happened to him was that he never trusted his own judgment. I said from now on I am going to go with my own judgment. – Mike Tyson

I try to catch them right on the tip of his nose, because I try to punch the bone into the brain. – Mike Tyson

I’m not much for talking. You know what I do. I put guys in body bags when I’m right. – Mike Tyson

You can’t stay married in a situation where you are afraid to go to sleep in case your wife might cut your throat. – Mike Tyson

I was hoping he would get up so I could hit him again and keep him down. – Mike Tyson

I love to hit people. I love to. – Mike Tyson

I can inspire people on how to use money, how to get economically powerful. – Mike Tyson

The drug dealers, they sympathize with me. They see me as some sort of pathetic character. – Mike Tyson

Mr. Arthur Ashe, he was good. I read some of his books. He knew about everything, but he was real quiet and didn’t talk much. I never met him. – Mike Tyson

I’ll go back and take what the people owe me. – Mike Tyson

I’m the biggest fighter in the history of the sport. If you don’t believe it, check the cash register. – Mike Tyson

I feel bad about my outlook, how I feel about people and society, and that I’ll never be part of society the way I should. – Mike Tyson

That equals to being a fool, having fame and no fortune. A lot of guys out there have fame doing this and doing that, but they are broke. – Mike Tyson

I have the same malice in my heart as far as the fight game is concerned, but outside the ring, I won’t say anything a dignified man won’t say. – Mike Tyson

People are going to say what they say. I know sometimes I say things; I offend people. – Mike Tyson

I know why they don’t like me because they want the money I have. – Mike Tyson

I’m a historian, and that freaks me out. – Mike Tyson

I think the average person thinks I’m a nut and I deserve whatever happens to me. – Mike Tyson

I’m a nut case, but that is what I believe. – Mike Tyson

Our money is bait money, and bait money is not to be used. – Mike Tyson

I just want to conquer people and their souls. – Mike Tyson

When I’d get up in the morning, he’d make me breakfast. Now he’s not around anymore. God. I’m doing to do well, but when I come down to it, who really cares? I like doing my job, but I’m not happy being victorious. I fight my heart out and give it my best, but when it’s over, there’s no Cus to tell me how I did, no mother to show my clippings to. – Mike Tyson

She said, ‘Sure, just give me a call,’ – Mike Tyson

Shoot, I was desperate. I wanted to win. – Mike Tyson

I don’t have the guts to stay in this sport anymore. – Mike Tyson

I’m a Muslim, but do you think Jesus would love me? I think Jesus would have a drink with me and discuss why are you acting like that? Now, he would be cool. He would talk to me. No Christian ever did that and said in the name of Jesus even. They’d throw me in jail and write bad articles about me and then go to church on Sunday and say Jesus is a wonderful man and he’s coming back to save us. But they don’t understand that when he comes back, that these crazy greedy capitalistic men are gonna kill him again. – Mike Tyson

I look forward to coming back again. I’ve lost more than I’ve won in life, so, believe me, I’m pretty much understanding of the situation and I can deal with it. I can deal with adversity. – Mike Tyson

I was drinking every day, fighting guys on the street, hanging out with bizarre women. But those days are gone. That guy is dead. – Mike Tyson

Standing in front of Chairman Mao’s remains, I felt really insignificant. To have the chance to visit the memorial hall is a great honor for me. – Mike Tyson

My objective is to be the ultimate professional. – Mike Tyson

Even then I watched him, … I knew he was a game champion and that he wasn’t going to go out like a dog. He went out fighting. Even after that last knockdown he was willing to get up. – Mike Tyson

Now I’m here. Imagine if I’d kept screwing around those six years. I’d have been in the same place I was. In jail. Or dead. One of those. – Mike Tyson

You’re smart too late and old too soon. I just got caught up in that suction cup. I feel like Rip Van Winkle right now. – Mike Tyson

Smart too late and old too soon, … This is just my ending. – Mike Tyson

I’m not going to keep boxing. It’s part of my past and now I want to live my life. – Mike Tyson

I try my best to learn from other people’s mistakes. I have a lot of respect for people who can change. – Mike Tyson

I’m not afraid to be a jerk or anything and laugh at myself anymore. – Mike Tyson

It’s unnatural to fight somebody who has nothing against you and never did anything to you or to your family, who never stole anything from you. And now you’ve got to go and try to dismantle this guy. – Mike Tyson

Anything that helps pay the bills, I love it. Anything that makes people happy, I’m happy with that. – Mike Tyson

I don’t want anyone to have to interview me. I wish I didn’t have to talk too much about myself. – Mike Tyson

I’m not a good-looking guy. I don’t care if my nose gets mashed. – Mike Tyson

I felt the same fear in my first fight as I did in my last fight. It never goes away. – Mike Tyson

I was very dedicated and serious about fighting. I’d read about all the fighters. I found out where they came from, knew about their mothers and their fathers . . . I just read all about their lives, their training. – Mike Tyson

Things can change. Life is all a learning process. – Mike Tyson

Emotion is more than just anger. When I am performing, I need emotion, but I need control, too. Emotion drives the best performance and is necessary, but it must be controlled. I believe Fedor [Emelianenko] does that. I do too. We may look different in how we do it, but we both do it. – Mike Tyson

People look at me as some bruiser, but I want to entertain people. I want people to applaud. I want to be the cause of people being happy, their emotions changing, to tell me I did a good performance. – Mike Tyson

On stage it’s just a wild setting – we have a big screen – hecklers, I’m fighting. It’s entertainment, but I want to pierce [the audience’s] souls and have them think about what I have to say. – Mike Tyson

I’m trying to figure things out in the world. No one knows what this life thing is all about – there’s no manual. Just trying to figure it out. – Mike Tyson

People tell me I’m a comedian, but I don’t approach acting from that perspective. I do know that everything in life has to do with your timing and perception. You have to be comfortable with the rhythm that you’re in. You can’t just jump into a fast rhythm if yours is slow. You might have to pick up the pace but in your own particular way. It has to do with personality, too. – Mike Tyson

I never think of physical fighting. It’s always spiritual. Fighting is spiritual. – Mike Tyson

I don’t want to be remembered. As long as my kids remember me, I’d rather be forgotten by everybody else. – Mike Tyson

I hate to cry and I hate to sound like sour grapes, but no one ever listens to me. No one ever hears what I have to say. – Mike Tyson

The mind is a real dangerous neighborhood to travel by ourselves. – Mike Tyson

As human beings, nobody gets out of this world free. We all have to do some suffering before we leave. – Mike Tyson

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