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Powerful quotes By Bruce Lee on success, faith, courage, love and other things

100 Powerful Quotes By Bruce Lee That Will Change Your Life

Quick Facts

Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist

Born On: November 27, 1940

Died On: July 20, 1973

Born In: San Francisco

Died At Age: 32

Lee Jun-Fan, known popularly by his screen name Bruce Lee, was an American born actor, martial art legend, movie director and producer, who grew up in Hong Kong but became famous worldwide after entering Hollywood. Lee started off his acting career as a martial art action hero in Hong Kong but when he realised that his unique talent had made his movies a big hit worldwide, he went to the United States and started producing movies there. He was one of the world’s biggest stars in the 1970s and became a symbol of Chinese nationalism due to the nature of his films. Some of his most famous films are Enter the Dragon, The Big Boss, The Game of Death, Way of the Dragon and Fist of Fury. All those films made him an actor who also became a cultural icon. On the other hand, kung fu as a martial art became hugely popular all over the world as people flocked to training schools in droves. Bruce Lee’s untimely death further made him a legendary figure and cemented his place in history. He was a hugely talented man and thinker, who became a star at a time when Asian actors were a rare commodity in Hollywood and here are some of the most famous quotes from the man himself.

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

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

Bruce Lee

Be happy, but never satisfied.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

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

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

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

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

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.

Bruce Lee

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

Bruce Lee

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

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

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

Bruce Lee

If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.

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

Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.

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

As you think, so shall you become.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

Now I see that I will never find the light Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself.

Bruce Lee

Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.

Bruce Lee

Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot

Bruce Lee

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

Bruce Lee

Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing.

Bruce Lee

Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.

Bruce Lee

The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.

Bruce Lee

Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

The More we value things, the less we value ourselves

Bruce Lee

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

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

Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.

Bruce Lee

Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.

Bruce Lee

Boards don't hit back.

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 stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.

Bruce Lee

All knowledge leads to self-knowledge.

Bruce Lee

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

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

Real living is living for others.

Bruce Lee

Its like a finger pointing away to the moon. Dont concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.

Bruce Lee

The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.

Bruce Lee

Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

Obey the principles without being bound by them.

Bruce Lee

If you think a thing is impossible,you'll only make it impossible.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

You cannot force the Now. — But can you neither condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on? You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

The possession of anything begins in the mind.

Bruce Lee

It is compassion rather than the principle of justice which can guard us against being unjust to our fellow men.

Bruce Lee

Don't think. FEEL. It's like a finger pointing at the moon. Do not concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all of the heavenly glory.

Bruce Lee

Set patterns, incapable of adaptability, of pliability, only offer a better cage. Truth is outside of all patterns.

Bruce Lee

Relationship is understanding. It is a process of self-revelation. Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself -- to be is to be related.

Bruce Lee

Linda and I aren't one and one. We are two halves that make a whole -- two halves fitted together are more efficient than either half would ever be alone!

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

I am not afraid of a person who knows 10000 kicks. But I am afraid of a person who knows one kick but practices it for 10000 times.

Bruce Lee

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

Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own

Bruce Lee

If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow -- you are not understanding yourself.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

Effort within the mind further limits the mind, because effort implies struggle towards a goal and when you have a goal, a purpose, an end in view, you have placed a limit on the mind.

Bruce Lee

Knowledge earns you power, character earns you respect.

Bruce Lee

The word "superstar" is an ilusion

Bruce Lee

Water is fearless,you put water into a cup,it becomes the cup ,you put water into a teapot it becomes the teapot,water can flow drip ,creap,or crash!

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

But neither can you condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on. You can never invite the wind but you must leave the window open.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

Using no way as way. Having no limitation as your only limitation.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.

Bruce Lee

You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.

Bruce Lee

Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you're tired, go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all. He lives only in what is.

Bruce Lee

In the middle of chaos lies opportunity--Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

If you want to be immortal live a life worth remembering

Bruce Lee

Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for a difficult on with the strength to endure it.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

Satori - in the awakening from a dream. Awakening and self-realization and seeing into one's own being - these are synonymous.

Bruce Lee

Ricorda, amico mio, che non tanto importante quello che ti succede, ma come reagisci agli eventi.

Bruce Lee

In Life There are No Limits, Only Plateaus.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural, skillfull, swift, and steady.

Bruce Lee

Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-conciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.

Bruce Lee

Emotion can be the enemy, if you give into your emotion, you lose yourself. You must be at one with your emotions, because the body always follows the mind.

Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee

Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing.

Bruce Lee

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I'll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended.

Bruce Lee

Put 'going the extra mile' to work as part of one's daily habit.

Bruce Lee