Bruce Lee quotes

  • A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Wise #Wisdom #Stupid

  • 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.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Children #Greatness #Organization

  • To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Opportunity #Greatness #Hell

  • I create opportunities.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Opportunity #Mma

  • The best fighter is not a Boxer, Karate or Judo man. The best fighter is someone who can adapt on any style. He kicks too good for a Boxer, throws too good for a Karate man, and punches too good for a Judo man.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Men #Style #Boxers

  • I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Karma #Motivation

  • If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Love #Inspirational #Life

  • There is no such thing as maturity. There is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing. Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That’s the end. That’s when the coffin is closed. You might be deteriorating physically in the long process of aging, but your personal process of daily discovery is ongoing. You continue to learn more and more about yourself every day.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Maturity #Discovery #Long

  • 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.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Inspiring #Learning

  • Anxiety is the gap between the NOW and the THEN. So if you are in the NOW, you can't be anxious, because your excitement flows immediately into ongoing spontaneous activity.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Anxiety #Ongoing #Gaps

  • A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspiring #Teacher #Art

  • Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Journey #Have Faith

  • Real living is living for others.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Life #Motivation #Real

  • It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Letting Go #Motivational Sports #Crazy

  • 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.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Strength

  • What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Character #Thinking #Determine

  • Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind, I will exercise daily when I need the urge to act for any purpose; and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Exercise #Mind #Needs

  • Do not have an attitude, open yourself and focus yourself and express yourself. Reject external form that fails to express internal reality.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Attitude #Reality #Focus

  • Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Forgiveness

  • 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.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Being Strong #Fitness

  • Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Thinking #Negative #Needs

  • There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Live Life #Limits #Plateaus

  • Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Time #Mean #Love Life

  • Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. In short, enter a mold without being caged in it. Obey the principle without being bound by it. Learn, master, and achieve.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Mold #Principles

  • If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Motivational #Positivity #Thinking

  • Action is a high road to self-confidence and esteem. Where it is open, all energies flow toward it. It comes readily to most people, and its rewards are tangible.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Self Confidence #People #Energy

  • Sincere thought means thought of concentration (quiet awareness). The thought of a distracted mind cannot be sincere
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Mean #Mind #Quiet

  • Instead of dedicating your life to actualize a concept of what you should be like, actualize yourself.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Should

  • What we are after is the root and not the branches. The root is the real knowledge; the branches are surface knowledge. Real knowledge breeds 'body feel' and personal expression; surface knowledge breeds mechanical conditioning and imposing limitation and squelches creativity.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Real #Creativity #Expression

  • Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely- lay your life before him!!
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Life #Pain #Fighting

  • The possession of anything begins in the mind.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Mind #Possession

  • ‎The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Money

  • Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Life #Confidence

  • If you want to be immortal live a life worth remembering
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Want #Remember #Immortal

  • Running water never grows stale.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Running #Water #Stale

  • A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Motivation #Anger

  • Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Motivational #Attitude #Thinking

  • No matter what, you must let your inner light guide you out of the darkness.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Light #Darkness #Matter

  • Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Reality #Greatness #Martial Arts

  • The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Thinking #Spirit #Determined

  • A man must constantly exceed his level
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Men #Levels

  • In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Motivational #Order #Firsts

  • If you make an ***** out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Insult #Ass

  • Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Courage #Prayer #Motivation

  • The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Life #Motivational #Memories

  • To understand your fear is the beginning of really seeing.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Martial Arts

  • There’s only one basic principle of self-defense- you must apply the most effective weapon, as soon as possible, to the most vulnerable target.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Self #Principles #Defense

  • If I tell you I'm good, probably you will say I'm boasting. But if I tell you I'm not good, you'll know I'm lying.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Lying #Boast

  • Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Learning

  • 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.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Lying #Expression

  • The past is no more; the future not yet. Nothing exists except the here and now. Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at our hands.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Distance #Lying #Past

  • Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Light

  • When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Simplicity #Conditioning

  • If mere mechanical efficiency can make everyone a martial artist, then all is well. Unfortunately, combat, like freedom, is something that can not be preconceived.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Artist #Martial Arts #Efficiency

  • To me defeat in anything is merely temporary. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Path #Defeat

  • What is true stillness? Stillness in movement.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Movement #Martial Arts

  • The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Self #Understanding #Important

  • Where there is no style, there is no slave. Martial Arts mean honestly expressing yourself. No style. No slave.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Mean #Style

  • He who wants to succeed should learn how to fight, to strive and to suffer. You can acquire a lot in life, if you are prepared to give up a lot to get it.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Giving Up #Fighting #Suffering

  • You have to create your own luck. You have to be aware of the opportunities around you and take advantage of them.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Opportunity #Luck #Advantage

  • I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Memories #Lying #Past

  • A martial artist has to take responsibility for himself and accept the consequences of his own doing.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Responsibility #Accepting

  • Loneliness is only an opportunity to cut adrift and find yourself. In solitude you are least alone.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Loneliness #Cutting #Opportunity

  • The athlete who is building muscles though weight training should be very sure to work adequately on speed and flexibility at the same time. In combat, without the prior attributes, a strong man will be like the bull with its colossal strength futilely pursuing the matador or like a low-geared truck chasing a rabbit.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Strong #Athlete #Men

  • I don't want to do anything halfway. It has to be perfect.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Perfect #Want #Halfway

  • Maturation is the development from environmental support to self-support.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Self #Support #Environmental

  • Humility forms the basis of honor, just as the low ground forms the foundation of a high elevation.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Humility #Honor #Foundation

  • Give recognition where it is due. Compliments stimulate more effort and desire to improve. Be generous with honest praising.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Giving #Effort #Desire

  • Training for strength and flexibility is a must. You must use it to support your techniques. Techniques alone are no good if you don't support them with strength and flexibility.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Support #Training #Technique

  • You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Determination #Opponents #Obsession

  • If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Men #Would Be #Helping

  • The aim of art is to project an inner vision into the world.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Vision #World

  • To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Mean #Express Yourself

  • The usefulness of the cup is its emptiness.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Cups #Emptiness

  • The best form of endurance exercise is the performance of the event.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Exercise #Endurance

  • To reach me, you must move to me. Your attack offers me an opportunity to intercept you.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Moving #Opportunity #Offers

  • The more relaxed the muscles are, the more energy can flow through the body. Using muscular tensions to try to 'do' the punch or attempting to use brute force to knock someone over will only work to opposite effect.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Opposites #Trying #Energy

  • Through my own observations. I am convinced that an absolutely honest and direct inquiry into oneself will lead to understanding.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Understanding #Inquiry #Honest

  • If you want to learn to swim you have to throw yourself in the water.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Water #Swim #Want

  • A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Fighting #Endure #Kicks

  • Because of styles people are separated. Research your own experience, absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #People #Style #Add

  • Simplicity of expression rather than complexity of form.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Expression #Simplicity #Form

  • A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Artist #Doe #Martial Arts

  • Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Pain #Pride #Winning

  • To tell the truth, I could beat anybody in the world.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #World #Telling The Truth #Beats

  • I personall do not believe in 'style'. Because of 'styles', people are separated. They are not united together because styles became law.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Believe #Law #People

  • Nothingness cannot be defined; the softest thing cannot be snapped.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Nothingness

  • When you feel pain, you know that you are still alive.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Pain #Alive #Feels

  • Remember... you are expressing the technique, not doing the technique.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Technique #Martial Arts

  • Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing. Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Awareness has no frontier; it is giving of your whole being, without exclusion.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Giving #Choices #Anxiety

  • It's not what you give, it's the way you give it.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Giving #Way

  • A good martial artist does not become tend but ready, not thinking but jet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Dream #Art #Thinking

  • The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Patterns #Truth Is #Fixed

  • By adopting a certain physical posture, a resonant chord is struck in spirit.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Spirit #Posture #Chords

  • You know what I want to think of myself? As a human being. Because, I mean I don't want to be like As Confucius say, but under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family. It just so happens that people are different.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Mean #Thinking #Sky

  • To be bound by traditional martial art style or styles is the way of the mindless, enslaved martial artist. But to be inspired by the traditional martial art and to achieve further heights is the way of genius.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Art #Style #Genius

  • Emptiness the starting point. — In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Order #Ideas #Water

  • If you want to do your duty properly, you should do just a little more than that.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Want #Littles #Should

  • Ideas are the beginning of all achievement.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Ideas #Achievement

  • A quality martial artist is always ready for any move, and trains oneself invincible.
    -- Bruce Lee

    #Moving #Artist #Quality

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