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100 Powerful Quotes By Bruce Lee That Will Change Your Life

Famous As: The Most Influential Martial Artist of All Time
Born On: November 27, 1940
Died On: July 20, 1973
Born In: San Francisco, California, United States
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.

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

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

Bruce Lee
Be happy, but never satisfied.

Be happy, but never satisfied.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.

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

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.

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

Bruce Lee
The doubters said,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bruce Lee
Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot

Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

All knowledge leads to self-knowledge.

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

‎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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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
Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.

Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.

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

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

Bruce Lee
Obey the principles without being bound by them.

Obey the principles without being bound by them.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Bruce Lee
The possession of anything begins in the mind.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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
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.

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

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

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!

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
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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Knowledge earns you power, character earns you respect.

Bruce Lee
The word

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

In the middle of chaos lies opportunity--Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee
If you want to be immortal live a life worth remembering

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

In Life There are No Limits, Only Plateaus.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Bruce Lee