Top 51 Motivational And Inspiring Bruce Lee Quotes

Bruce Lee (Born November 27, 1940, in California, United States, Died July 20, 1973, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong) was an action film actor, martial arts instructor, filmmaker, philosopher, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.

Bruce Lee’s message was so simple; you get what you work for.Let’s take a look at his top 3 lessons.

Hard Work: In Bruce Lee’s philosophy, hard work is at the top. You don’t need to afraid of failure, do your work day in and day out with your 100 percent concentration; let nature take its course, you will get the result what you work for. As Bruce Lee said,  “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Thoughts : In Bruce Lee’s way, thoughts are the main reason behind your defeat or failure, as you think as you become, if you think that you don’t have the capability to accomplish the task, you are half defeated there. As Bruce Lee said, “As you think, so shall you become”

Performance : There are no limits in your development, the more you live the more you learn, don’t satisfy yourself with what you have achieved, look for the mountains and keep moving. As Bruce Lee said, “Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.”

51 Inspiring Quotes From Bruce Lee

1. “If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.”

2. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”

3.“Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.”

4. “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

5. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

6. “Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”

7. “Real living is living for others.”

8. “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. “

9. “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”

10. “The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.”

11. “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”

12. “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

13. “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person”

14. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”

15. “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

16. “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”

17. “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity”

18. “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

19. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”

20. “Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.”

21. “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”

22. “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”

23. “It is not a shame to be knocked down by other people. The important thing is to ask when you’re being knocked down, ‘Why am I being knocked down?’ If a person can reflect in this way, then there is hope for this person.”

24. “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own”

25. “What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”

26. “A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”

27. “As you think, so shall you become”

28.“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering”

29. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

30. “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”

31. “The more we value things, the less we value ourselves”

32. “‎The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

33. “Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick. “

34. “Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.”

35. “In order to control myself, I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.”

36. “Obey the principles without being bound by them. “

37. “Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”

38. “If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land, no frame of mind is ever going to help you”

39. “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”

40. “Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against. “

41. “The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. “

42. “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

43. “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”

44. “Be happy, but never satisfied.”

45. “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.”

46. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”

47. “The possession of anything begins in the mind. “

48. “Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate.”

49. “I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself.”

50. “Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.”

51. “To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.”

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4 Comments

  1. Awesome post. Thoroughly enjoyed re-living this man’s philosophy. “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. “

  2. I’m a big fan of Bruce. Prior to Bruce, the typical depiction of asians was the Mickey Rooney stereotype in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Bruce was such a bright spark that brought pride to the asian spirit.

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