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530 Bruce Lee Quotes That Will Inspire You Deeply

Lee Jun-fan (November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee who was born on November 27th, 1940, in Chinatown, San Francisco. He was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He is remembered till today as the figure who popularised kung fu around the world. Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.

In his honor, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and powerful Bruce Lee quotes and Bruce Lee sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years. Bruce Lee is remembered as much for his words of wisdom as he is for his lightning-fast kicks. These 530 Bruce Lee quotes epitomize his respect for humanity and his desire that everyone achieve personal growth through self-reflection.


“All I can offer is an experience but never a conclusion, so even what I have said needs to be thoroughly examined by you.”


“People have to grow by skillful frustrations. Otherwise, they have no incentive to develop their own means and ways of coping with the world.”


“I can walk away from millions because it’s not right, but I’ll be damned if I’ll back up an inch from a dime because it has to be so.”


“Repetition of the five preceding steps until learning has taken place.”


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


“The spiritual power of man’s will removes all obstacles.”


“Preserve yourself by following the natural bends of things and don’t interfere.”


“The second-hand artist blindly following his sensei or sifu accepts his pattern. As a result, his action is and, more importantly, his thinking becomes mechanical. His responses become automatic, according to set patterns, making him narrow and limited.”


“Research your own experience; absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is essentially your own.”


“Creating a clear picture of material to be learned; outlining the material.”


“Most people can talk without listening. Very few can listen without talking. It is very rare that people can talk and listen.”


“As for the future, that is a time and a place where every worthy ambition you posses is within your grasp.”


“A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.”


“Stand at the neutral point between negative and positive, no longer directing one’s mind to anything.”


“The happiness that is derived from ordinary life lasts longer; like coal, it burns gradually and slowly. The happiness that is derived from excitement is like a brilliant fire – soon, it will go out.”


“I’ll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended.”


“The more we understand, the greater and deeper will be our contact with all that is around us.”


“If there is a God, he is within. You don’t ask God to give you things. You depend on God for your inner theme.”


“To be humble to superiors is a duty; to equals is courtesy; to inferiors is nobleness; and to all, safety!”


“There is no such word as “maturity.” Rather: 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.”


“A simple life is one of plainness, in which profit is discarded, cleverness abandoned, selfishness eliminated, and desires reduced.”


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


“I believe in teaching just a few, as it requires constant alert observations on each individual in order to establish a true, direct relationship.”


“To be one thing and not to change is the climax of stillness. To have nothing is one that resists is the climax of emptiness. To remain detached from all outside things is the climax of fineness. To have in oneself, no contraries is the climax of purity.”


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


“The true stillness is the stillness in movement.”


“Sincere and serious learners are difficult to come by. Many of them are five-minute enthusiasts, some of them come in with ill intentions, but unfortunately, most of them are second-hand artists; basically conformers.”


“Mans’s mind and his behavior are one, his inner thought and outer expression cannot contradict each other. Therefore a man should set up his right principle, and this right mind (principle) will influence his action.”


“I’m not the type of guy who can sit in the office doing the same routine day in and day out. I have to do something that is creative and interesting to me.”


“Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.”


“It has no shape of its own, yet it can take any shape in which it is placed.”


“The measure of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being.”


“When a man comes to a conscious vital realization of those great spiritual forces within himself and begins to use those forces in science, in business, and life, his progress in the future will be unparalleled.”


“Are you doing to make your obstacles stepping stones to your dreams, or stumbling blocks because unknowingly you let negativeness, worries, fear, etc., take you over?”


“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 enormous strength futilely pursuing the matador or like a low-geared truck chasing a rabbit.”


“Shut down all forms of distraction. Eliminate all opportunities for rivalry. ”


“When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.”


“I think when a couple marries, they either go into heaven or live in hell.”


“I don’t know what the meaning of death is, but I am not afraid to die – and I go on, non-stop, going forward.”


“I don’t believe in the system, nor in the method. And without system, without method, what’s to teach?”


“While we are still alive, we have to discover ourselves, understand ourselves, and express ourselves.”


“Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man, etc. Then he becomes a slave to the pattern and takes the pattern to be the real thing.”


“Don’t strive to become, but be.”


“Without respect, love cannot go long.”


“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”


“Man is constantly growing, and when he is bound by a set pattern of ideas, or “way” of doing things, that’s when he stops growing.”


“Loneliness is only an opportunity to cut adrift and find yourself. In solitude, you are least alone. Make good use of it.”


“To reach the masses, some system is required; as a result, the members are conditioned according to that system.”


“Since life is an ever-evolving process, one should flow in this process and discover how to actualize and expand oneself.”


“If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.”


“One who is possessed by worry not only lacks the poise to solve his own problems but by his nervousness and irritability creates additional problems for those around him.”


“Discard all thoughts of reward, all hopes of praise and fears of blame, all awareness of one’s bodily. And, finally, closing the avenues of sense perception, let the spirit out, as it will.”


“Realizing that my emotions are both positive and negative, I will form daily habits which will encourage the development of the positive emotions and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful action.”


“Recognize and use the spiritual power of the infinite. The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.”


“Then, protection of his status appears to be his most important need, and this creates anxiety.”


“Empty your mind. Do you know how water fills a cup? It becomes that cup. You have to think about anything. You have to become nothing.”


“I couldn’t go wrong because what I always like about myself is this stackability toward quality and the sincere desire to do it right.”


“The enemy of development is this pain phobia – the unwillingness to do a tiny bit of suffering.”


“Self-knowledge involves a relationship. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. The relationship is a process of self-evaluation and self-revelation. The relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself – to be is to be related.”


“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.”


“Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are a master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”


“To many, the word “success” seems to be a paradise, but now that I’m in the midst of it, it is nothing but circumstances that seem to complicate my innate feeling toward simplicity and privacy.”


“Art is the perfection of nature and life through the artist, who has supreme control of technique and is thereby liberated from it.”


“If you always put limits 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.”


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


“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.”


“The human soul is what interests me. I live to express myself freely in creation.”


“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. ”


“Philosophy is itself the disease for which it pretends to be the cure: the wise man does not pursue wisdom but lives his life, and therein precisely does his wisdom lie.”


“There is nothing that will enable you to pursue your course in greater peace than the patient bearing of insult. Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.”


“Those who distrust the life-giving force within them, or who have none, are driven to compensate through such substitutes as money.”


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


“I don’t like to wear stuffy clothes and be in places where everyone is trying to impress each other.”


“There is no such thing as defeat until you admit so yourself, but not until then!”


“It is not his task to try to lead – that would only make him lose the Way – but to let himself be led.”


“I like light rain. It gives one such a sense of calmness and tranquillity. I enjoy walking in the rain. But most of all, I like books. I read all types of books – fiction and nonfiction.”


“Life lives; and in the living flow, no questions are raised. The reason is that life is living now! So, to live life whole-heartedly, the answer is life simply is.”


“The essence: free movement of spirit.”


“When tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.”


“Recognizing the influence of my subconscious mind over my power of will, I shall take care to submit to it a clear and definite picture of my Major Purpose in life and all minor purposes leading to my major purpose, and I shall keep this picture constantly before my subconscious mind by repeating it daily.”


“Wait in the calm strength of patience – he that is strong should guard it with tenderness.”


“Let friendship creep gently to a height; if it rushes to it, it may soon run itself out of breath.”


“The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.”


“Nothing exists except the here and now.”


“Happiness is good for the body, but sorrow strengthens to spirit.”


“The true artist has no public; he works for the sheer joy of it, with an element of playfulness, of casualness.”


“One must not merely copy but try to convey the significance of what you see. ”


“Don’t be forecasting evil unless it is what you can guard against. Anxiety is good for nothing if we can’t turn it into a defense.”


“There are fear and insecurity in pride, for when one aims at being highly esteemed, and having achieved such status, he is automatically involved in fear of losing one’s status.”


“Intensity and/or enthusiasm is this god within us – one that instinctively becomes the art of the physical “becoming,” and within this transition, we no longer care to know what life means. We are indeed furnishing the “what is” by simply being.”


“It is a fact that labor and thrift produce a competence, but fortune, in the sense of wealth, is the reward of the man who can think of something that hasn’t been thought of before.”


“The important thing is that I am personally satisfied with my work. If it is a piece of junk, I will only regret it.”


“I am improving and making new discoveries every day. If you don’t, you are already crystallized, and that’s it.”


“Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable; however, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.”


“Real knowledge breeds “body feel” and personal expression; surface knowledge breeds mechanical conditioning and imposing limitation and squelches creativity.”


“Character is to the soul what outward appearances are to the body. A man’s genuineness and refinement should not reveal themselves directly; they should express themselves only indirectly as an effect from within.”


“Art is never decoration, embellishment; instead, it is the work of enlightenment. Art, in other words, is a technique for acquiring liberty.”


“Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.”


“Use no way as way. When there is a Way, therein lies the limitation. And when there is a circumference, it traps. And if it traps, it rots. And if it rots, it’s lifeless.”


“Sorrows are our best educator. A man can see further through a tear than a telescope.”


“My will to do springs from the knowledge that I can do. I’m only natural, for there is no fear or doubt inside my mind.”


“Opportunities may come your way, or they may not. Luck may come your way, or it may not. But if they come your way – and you call that luck – you’d better be ready for it!”


“To understand and live now, there must be dying to everything of yesterday. Die continually to every gained experience – be in a state of choiceless awareness of what is.”


“Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”


“It is the creative ability of a human being that separates him from all other animals.”


“A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.”


“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what unique your own is.”


“You can never step in the same river twice, my friend. Like flowing water, life is a perpetual movement. There is nothing fixed.”


“Art, after all, is a means of acquiring “personal” liberty. Your way is not my way nor mines yours.”


“Be like water; water has form, and yet it has no form. It is the softest element on earth, yet it penetrates the hardest rock.”


“good technique includes quick changes, great variety, and speed. It may be a system of reversals, much like a concept of God and the Devil.”


“To change with change is the changeless state.”


“Do think of the past in terms of those memories of events and accomplishments which were pleasant, rewarding, and satisfying.”


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


“If anyone still believes in racial differences, I think he is too backward and narrow. Perhaps he still does not understand man’s equality and love.”


“Growth is the constant discovery and understanding in one’s process of living. ”


“It is not daily increase but daily decrease – hack away the unessential! The closer to the source, the less wastage there is.”


“The essence of fighting is the art of moving at the right time.”


“False teachers of the Way of life use flowery words.”


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


“Faith can be induced or created by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind through the principle of autosuggestion. This is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.”


“It is the ego that stands rigidly against things coming from the outside, and it is this “ego rigidity” that makes it impossible for us to accept everything that confronts us.”


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


“Unquestionably, man has his will – but the woman has her way!”


“What I detest most are dishonest people who talk more than they are capable of doing.”


“Just watch choicelessly and in the watching lies the wonder. It is not ideal, an end to be desired. The watching is a state of being already, not a state of becoming.”


“Joy and suffering are the fruit of right and wrong thinking. Suffering, especially, is mostly self-manufactured; we are never so happy or so unhappy as we suppose.”


“We should devote ourselves to being self-sufficient and must not depend upon the external rating by others for our happiness.”


“One great cause of failure is a lack of concentration.”


“If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.”


“What is” is more important than ‘what should be.’ Too many people are looking at ‘what is’ from a position of thinking ‘what should be.’”


“Art is the expression of the self. The more complicated and restricted the method, the less the opportunity for the expression of one’s original sense of freedom.”


“The aim of art is to project an inner vision into the world without.”


“Art must originate with an experience or feeling of the artist.”


“Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.”


“Art is an expression of life and transcends both time and space.”


“I’ve always been buffeted by circumstances because I thought of myself as a human being affected by outside conditioning. Now I realize that I am the power that commands the feeling of my mind and from which circumstances grow.”


“In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.”


“Fluidity is the way to an empty mind. You must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.”


“When a man seeks your advice, he generally wants your praise.”


“The law of averages: put in more, come out with more.”


“We do not see “it” in its suchness because of our indoctrination, crooked and twisted.”


“Realize the fact that you simply live and not live for.”


“Only sober moderation lasts, and that persists through all time. Only the midpart of anything is preserved because the pendulum of life must have balance, and the midpart is the balance.”


“Some people fight with others because they believe in different religions. If, however, they only gave the matter a bit of thought, they would never fight for such a foolish cause.”


“A concentrated mind is not an attentive mind, but a mind that is in a state of awareness can concentrate. Awareness is never exclusive. It includes everything.”


“Above all, a teacher does not depend on a method and drill systematic routines; instead, he studies each individual student and awakens him to explore himself, both internally and externally, and ultimately integrate himself with his being.”


“To live is to express, and to express, you have to create. Creation is never merely repetition. To live is to express oneself freely in creation.”


“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.”


“Marriage is a friendship, a partnership based solidly upon ordinary, everyday occurrences.”


“When you are awake, you must be fully awake and conscious of everything. This is a wonderful exercise.”


“You will never get any more out of life than you expect.”


“What is the point of education if you in yourself are not intelligent? If you are not creative?”


“Education: to discover but not merely to imitate.”


“Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo. ”


“The knowledge and skill you have achieved are, after all, meant to be “forgotten” so you can float in emptiness without obstruction and comfortably.”


“I feel I have this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this dominating force, which I hold in my hand.”


“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.”


“To refuse to be cast down, that is the lesson. ”


“Be proficient in your field as well as in harmony among fellow men.”


“Remember, I am no teacher; I can merely be a signpost for a traveler who is lost. It is up to you to decide on the direction.”


“Art lives where absolute freedom is because where it is not, there can be no creativity – art has no ego rigidity.”


“Gather materials. Masticate the facts. Relax and drop the whole subject. Be ready to recognize and welcome the idea when it comes. Shape and develop your idea into usefulness.”


“Maintaining their complete attention.”


“The moment is freedom. I couldn’t live by a rigid schedule. I try to live freely from moment to moment, letting things happen and adjusting to them.”


“Through art, our own souls are what we must employ to give a new form and a new meaning to Nature or the world.”


“The Chinese conceived the entire universe as activated by two principles, the Yang and the Yin, the positive and the negative, and they considered that nothing that exists, either animate or so-called inanimate, does so except by virtue of the ceaseless interplay of these two forces.”


“After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge.”


“Keep your mind on the things you want and off those you don’t.”


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


“So it is a successful combination of both. It is not pure naturalness or pure unnaturalness. The ideal is unnatural naturalness or natural unnaturalness.”


“Simplicity is the last step of art and the beginning of nature.”


“Pleasure is the flower that fades. Remembrance is the lasting perfume.”


“Let things be what they are, move like water, rest like a mirror, respond like an echo, pass quickly like the nonexistent, and be quiet as purity.”


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


“Life is better lived than conceptualized. This writing can be less demanding should I allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that, and I’ve come to understand that life is best to be lived — not to be conceptualized. If you have to think, you still do not understand.”


“The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.”


“Drop and dissolve the inner blockage. A conditioned mind is never a free mind. Wipe away and dissolve all its experience and be born afresh.”


“Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity. ”


“Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind. ”


“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.”


“If you make an ass out of yourself, there’ll always be someone ready to ride you.”


“Faith backed by action is applied faith.”


“Nobility of character manifests itself at loop-holes when it is not provided with large doors.”


“I try to live freely from moment to moment, letting things happen and adjusting to them.”


“This world is very practical. You do more work. You get rewarded more; you do less work, you lose your rewards.”


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


“Do not seek it, for it will come when least expected. Let go. Don’t seek or run away.”


“My only sure reward is “in” my actions and not “from” them. The quality of my reward is in the depth of my response, the centralness of the part of me I act from.”


“The more and more you are aware, the more and more you shed from day to day what you have learned so that your mind is always fresh, uncontaminated by previous conditioning.”


“I believe a couple should develop a kind of friendship. Linda and I have this kind of friendship. We understand each other, like a pair of good friends.”


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


“Masters in all branches of art must first be masters in living, for the soul creates everything.”


“Not “what” to think but “how” to think.”


“I cannot and will not “scoff” at faith when reason seems to be such a barren thing.”


“The way to bring back the dream is to relive the dream as if it were happening now.”


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


“We have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We cannot derive a sense of absolute certitude from anything which has its roots in us.”


“Just as the maintaining of good health may require the taking of unpleasant medicine, so the condition of being able to do the things we enjoy often requires the performance of a few we don’t.”


“Success means doing something sincerely and whole-heartedly. ”

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