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50 of the Greatest Bruce Lee Quotes for Life and Success

Iconic martial-arts expert Bruce Lee was born on November 27th, 1940 in San Francisco, California, USA. His Chinese-name was Li Jun Fan. He is best known as an American actor, renowned to make martial arts films popular in the 1970s, renowned with his roles in „The Green Hornet” and “Return of the Dragon”.

Lee was introduced to the cinema and entertainment industry from his young age by his father who was a part-time actor and an opera singer.

The young Lee started taking part in movies as a child, often portrayed as a young criminal or a street kid. In his early youth, he joined local gangs and started to learn Kung Fu to defend himself better.

Bruce Lee won the 1958 Kung Fu Championship in Hong Kong and founded two martial arts schools (One is Seattle and another one in Oakland, California). His prowess in martial arts developed into his own Jeet Kune Do technique, which he started teaching instead of martial arts. He died on July 20th, 1973 in Hong Kong under mysterious circumstances, 6 days before the release of his last movie “Enter the Dragon”.


Bruce Lee Quotes:

1. “The poorer we are inwardly, the more we try to enrich ourselves outwardly.”

2. “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.”

3. “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.”

4. “Knowledge will give you power, but character will give you respect.”

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

6. “What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better. ”

7. “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.”

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

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

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

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

12. “Be a calm beholder of what is happening around you.”

13. “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.”

14. “Life is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.”

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

16. “At this moment stop inwardly – when you do stop inwardly, psychologically, your mind becomes very peaceful, very clear. Then you can really look at “this”.”

17. “Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality in your own mind.”

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18. “Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

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

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

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

22. “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.”

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

24. “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.”

25. “Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”

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

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

28. “Remember my friend that it is not what happens that counts, it is how you react to them.”

29. “Your mental attitude determines what you make of it, either a stepping stone or stumbling block.”

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

31. “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.”

32. “No one can hurt you unless you allow him to.”

32. “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.”

33. “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.”

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

35. “If you want to do your duty properly, you should do just a little more than that.”

36. “Believe me that in every big thing or achievement there are always obstacles, big or small, and the reaction one shows to such obstacles is what counts, not the obstacle itself.”

37. “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”

39. “We are told that talent creates is own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.”

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

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

42. “Art is never decoration or embellishment. Instead it is a constant process of maturing (in the sense of not having arrived!).”

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

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44. “I don’t believe in pure luck. You have to create your own luck. You have to be aware of the opportunities around you and take advantage of them.”

45. “In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup”

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

47. “An intelligent mind is an inquiring mind. It is not satisfied with explanations, with conclusions; nor is it a mind that believes, because belief is again another form of conclusion.”

48. “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.”

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

50. “Ideas are the beginning of all achievement – in every industry, in every profession.”



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