Bruce Lee Quotes

Bruce Lee

“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.”   – Bruce Lee

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

“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.” – Bruce Lee

“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

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

“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” – Bruce Lee

“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

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

“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

“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.” – Bruce Lee

“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

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. “– Bruce Lee

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

“The doubters said,
“Man can not fly,”
The doers said,
“Maybe, but we’ll try,”
And finally soared
In the morning glow
While non-believers
Watched from below.” – Bruce Lee

“Not being tense but ready.
Not thinking but not dreaming.
Not being set but flexible.
Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement.
It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.” – Bruce Lee

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” – Bruce Lee

“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

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. 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

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

“The doubters said, “Man can not fly,” The doers said, “Maybe, but we’ll try,” And finally soared In the morning glow While non-believers Watched from below.” – Bruce Lee

“To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

“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.”- Bruce Lee

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

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

“Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.”  –Bruce Lee

“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

“As you think, so shall you become”. – Bruce Lee

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

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

“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

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”  – Bruce Lee

“Real living is living for others.”   – Bruce Lee

A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”  – Bruce Lee

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

“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.”  – Bruce Lee

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”   – Bruce Lee

“Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.”  – Bruce Lee

“There is “what is” only when there is no comparing and to live with “what is” is to be peaceful.”   – Bruce Lee
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.”   – Bruce Lee

“Be happy, but never satisfied.”   – Bruce Lee

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities”.  – Bruce Lee

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”   – Bruce Lee

“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.” Bruce Lee

“In the middle of chaos lies opportunity”  – Bruce Lee

“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”  – Bruce Lee

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own”  – Bruce Lee

“The more we value things, the less we value ourselves”  –  Bruce Lee

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

“To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person”.  – Bruce Lee

“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.”   – Bruce Lee

“The doubters said,
“Man can not fly,”
The doers said,
“Maybe, but we’ll try,”
And finally soared
In the morning glow
While non-believers
Watched from below.”   – Bruce Lee

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

“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.”   – Bruce Lee

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering”.  – Bruce Lee

 

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