Bruce Lee quotes

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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 quotes

Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own. Bruce Lee

Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation. Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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

A powerful athlete is not a strong athlete, but one who can exert his strength quickly. Since power equals force times speed, if the athlete learns to make faster movements he increases his power, even though the contractile pulling strength of his muscles remains unchanged. Thus, a smaller man who can swing faster may hit as hard or as far as the heavier man who swings slowly. Bruce Lee

Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient. Thus the tensed expert marksman will aim at a level less than his/her student. Bruce Lee

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

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

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

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

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. 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

In the middle of chaos lies opportunity. 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

I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. 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

Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, 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

Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own. Bruce Lee

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

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal. Bruce Lee

It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. 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, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living

Real living is living for others. Bruce Lee

Be happy, but never satisfied. 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

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’. Bruce Lee

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

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

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. Bruce Lee

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

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

The possession of anything begins in the mind. Bruce Lee

Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul. Bruce Lee

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

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. 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

Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. The aim of art is not the one-sided promotion of spirit, soul and senses, but the opening of all human capacities – thought, feeling, will – to the life rhythm of the world of nature. So will the voiceless voice be heard and the self be brought into harmony with it. 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

Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory. 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

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

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. Bruce Lee

I wish neither to possess nor to be possessed. I no longer covet ‘paradise’. More important, I no longer fear ‘hell’. Bruce Lee

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

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. Bruce Lee

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials. Bruce Lee

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

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

As you think, so shall you become. 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

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. Bruce Lee

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. Bruce Lee

A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. Bruce Lee

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

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

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

Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system. Bruce Lee

If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you. Bruce Lee

The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it, until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, consuming myself. Bruce Lee

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

Obey the principles without being bound by them. Bruce Lee

In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. Bruce Lee

…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. In the speed of events, which one is really in charge?…to put the heart of martial arts in your own heart and have it be a part of you means total comprehension and the use of a freestyle. When you have that you will know that there are no limits. Bruce Lee

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

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

It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it. Bruce Lee

The knowledge and skills you have achieved are meant to be forgotten so you can float comfortably in emptiness, without obstruction. Bruce Lee

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

Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it. Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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

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

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. Bruce Lee

In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature. 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, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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

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

Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, un-rhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go. Bruce Lee

Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence. 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

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

Know the difference between a catastrophe and an inconvenience. To realize that it’s just an inconvenience, that it is not a catastrophe, but just an unpleasantness, is part of coming into your own, part of waking up. Bruce Lee

Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier. Bruce Lee

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

Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning. Bruce Lee

There is “what is” only when there is no comparing and to live with “what is” is to be peaceful. Bruce Lee

Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves. This difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization is very important. Most people live only for their image. Bruce Lee

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

Reality is apparent when one ceases to compare. — There is “what is” only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful. Bruce Lee

I’m moving and not moving at all. I’m like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking. It is not, “I am doing this,” but rather, an inner realization that “this is happening through me,” or “it is doing this for me.” The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action. Bruce Lee

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