Bruce Lee Quotes On Life, Training & Learning

Bruce Lee(Lee Jun-fan) born (November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) in Chinatown, San Francisco, U.S.. He was a famous martial artist, film director, actor, philosopher and founder of Jeet Kune Do. Bruce was considered one of the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. In the West, credit goes to Bruce Lee for sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts. These inspirational Bruce Lee quotes will give you strength and drive your personal growth.

Inspirational Bruce Lee Quotes

  1. “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.”
  2.  “Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.”
  3. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”   , Bruce Lee quotes on life
  4. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
  5. “A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”
  6. “As you think, so shall you become.”
  7.  “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”
  8. “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.”
  9. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”   , Bruce Lee quotes do not pray for an easy life
  10. “When you’re talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you’d better train every part of your body!”
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  12. “Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
  13. “There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”
  14. “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.” [This really happens with me, before doing the work I try to anticipate its success & it really ruins the course by over thinking resulting in negativity]
  15. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
  16. “The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”
  17. “Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better.”
  18. “The doubters said, “Man cannot fly,” The doers said, “Maybe, but we’ll try,” And finally soared In the morning glow While non-believers Watched from below.”
  19. “Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”
  20. “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
  21. “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.”
  22.  “The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.”
  23. “People try to hold onto the sameness. This holding onto prevents growth.”
  24. “The meaning of life is that it is to be lived.”
  25. “Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural, skillful, swift, and steady.”
  26. “Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.”   , Bruce Lee quotes consistency
  27. “The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.”
  28. “You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession.”
  29. “Since life is an ever evolving process, one should flow in this process and discover how to actualize and expand oneself.”
  30. “Be a practical dreamer backed by action.”
  31. “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.”
  32. “You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.” (And yes he became one)
  33. “What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”
  34. “Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate.”
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  36. “Don’t fear failure.  Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
  37. “If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you”
  38. “A self-willed man has no other aim than his own growth.”
  39. “We have great work ahead of us, and it needs devotion and much, much energy. To grow, to discover, we need involvement.”
  40. “All knowledge leads to self-knowledge.” [Any knowledge you gain is ultimately going to add to your knowledge base]
  41. “Once I slow down because I think I have reached my peak, then my skills will go nowhere but down.”
  42. “It’s the law of averages: put in more, come out with more.”
  43. “Persistence, persistence, and persistence. The Power can be created and maintained through daily practice – continuous effort.”
  44. “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.”
  45. “When you say that something is impossible, you have made it impossible.”
  46. “Dedication, absolute dedication, is what keeps one ahead!”
  47. “I have always been a martial artist by choice, an actor by profession, but above all, am actualizing myself to be an artist of life.”
  48. “Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in man.”
  49. “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 quotes water
  50. “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”
  51. “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.”
  52. “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
  53. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10000 times.”  , Bruce Lee quotes kicks
  54. “Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do.”   , Bruce Lee quotes best
  55. “Defeat is a state of mind; No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”
  56. “Don’t neglect life by worrying about Death. – I don’t know what is the meaning of death, but I am not afraid to die – and I go on, non-stop, going forward [with life]. Even though, I, Bruce Lee, may die some day without fulfilling all of my ambitions, I will have no regrets. I did what I wanted to do and what I’ve done, I’ve done with sincerity and to the best of my ability. You can’t expect much more from life.”
  57. “The enemy of development is this pain phobia – the unwillingness to do a tiny bit of suffering.”
  58. “Art requires imagination. It requires Creativity. Creativity requires experience and experience comes from your life. And your life is expressed in your art.”
  59. “Art lives where absolute freedom is because when it is not, there can be no creativity.”
  60. “Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.”
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  62. “Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I’ll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended.”
  63. “To express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself—that, my friend, is very hard to do.”
  64. “To take responsibility for one’s own actions, good and bad, is something else.”
  65. “Man, he 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.”
  66. “Ultimately the greatest help is self-help.”
  67. “It is useless to try to stir the dirt Out of the muddy water, As it will become murkier. But leave it alone, And if it should be cleared; It will become clear by itself.”
  68. “There will be calmness, tranquility, when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed.”
  69. “Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing.”
  70. “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.”
  71. “From form to formless and from finite to infinite.”
  72. “Always be yourself and have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and try to duplicate it.”
  73. “Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”
  74. “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.”
  75. “A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”
  76. “The primary Reality is not what I think, but that I live, for those also live who do not think.”
  77. “You will never get any more out of this life than you expect.”
  78. “The three most difficult things in life are: 1. To keep a secret. 2. To forget an injury. 3. To make good use of leisure.”
  79. “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 quotes about love
  80. “Understanding requires not just a moment of perception, but a continuous awareness, a continuous state of inquiry without conclusion.”
  81. “Learning is a constant process of discovery – a process without end.”
  82. “Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.”
  83. “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.”
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  85. “To become a champion requires a good mental attitude toward preparation. You have to accept the most tedious task with pleasure.”
  86. “Everyone wants to learn how to win, but no one wants to learn how to accept defeat.”
  87. “Knowledge earns you power, character earns you respect.”
  88. “The more complicated and restricted the method, the less opportunity for expression of one’s original sense of freedom.”
  89. “Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.”
  90. “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.”
  91. “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”
  92. “Observe what is with undivided awareness.”
  93. “The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead — big possibilities. Like the song says, We’ve just begun.”
  94. “Be a calm beholder of what is happening around you.”
  95. “The mind is like a fertile garden in which anything that is planted, flowers or weeds, will grow.”
  96. “If you want to do your duty properly, you should do just a little more than that.”

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  97. “Every morning like a scholar at his first class I prepare a blank mind for the day to write upon.”
  98. “Faith is a state of mind that can be conditioned through self-discipline. Faith will accomplish.”
  99. “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.”
  100. “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.”
  101. “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
  102. “As long as I can remember I feel I have had 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.”
  103. “The word “superstar” is an illusion.”
  104. “The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.”
  105. “A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.”   , Bruce Lee quotes about teaching
  106. “Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”
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  108. “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”
  109. “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.”
  110. “Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.”
  111. “Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.”
  112. “The possession of anything begins in the mind.”
  113. “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.”
  114. “Anger should be expressed. Any anger that is not coming out, flowing freely, will turn into sadism, power drive, stammering, and other means of torturing.”
  115. “Action is a high road to self-confidence and esteem.”   , Bruce Lee quotes confidence
  116. “Life is something for which there is no answer; it must be understood from moment to moment.”
  117. “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.” , Bruce Lee quotes be like water
  118. “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.”
  119. “Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.”
  120. “Boards don’t hit back.”
  121. “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”

Amazing facts about Bruce Lee:-

  • His parents were from Hong Kong
  • Best known for 5 feature-length films: Lo Wei’s The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest’s Way of the Dragon (1972), Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978)
  • He held dual nationality in Hong Kong and the US
  • Lee studied philosophy at the University of Washington
  • He started teaching martial arts and opened his own school and he has also trained some of Hollywood’s leading men
  • His father Lee Hoi Chuen, was a opera singer in Hong Kong
  • He appeared in his first film at the age of 3 months as American baby in Golden Gate Girl (1941)
  • Bruce Lee statue unveiled in Los Angeles’ Chinatown on June 15, 2013
  • In 1993, Hong Kong Film Awards presented him Lifetime Achievement Award

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