Bruce Lee was one of my idols. I may not be a martial artist myself, but fond with the idea, I still idolize him up to now. That’s why I’ve decided to include Bruce Lee quotes in my quote collections. Well, admit it, quotes from Bruce Lee are quote amazing. They are profound, inspiring and motivational. Quotes of Bruce Lee can show and describe how he lived his life, in a meaningful way.

Bruce Lee is a great philosopher and a fantastic martial artist. Most of you, despite of not being a martial artist, would surely like the quotes of Bruce Lee. Most of his quotes talk about reaching the right goals in life. They motivate you to keep striving in achieving your goal, to have the proper attitude and how to be successful in life. So, here’s my collection of famous Bruce Lee quotes. I hope you enjoy them!


Famous Bruce Lee Quotes


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.


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


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.


Simplicity is the key to brilliance. – Bruce Lee


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


To hell with circumstances;
I create opportunities.


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 Inspirational Quotes, Bruce Lee Motivational Quotes


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.


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


In order to taste my cup of water
You must first empty your cup.


Knowing is not enough, you must apply;
Willing is not enough, you must do.


Always be yourself,
Express yourself,
Have faith in yourself,
Do not go out and look for a successful personality
And duplicate it.


I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged.
I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach.


Bruce Lee Quotes on Life, Bruce Lee Quotes on Success


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.


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


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


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


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


Real living is living for others. – 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.


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.”


I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations
And you’re not in this world to live up to mine.


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


What you habitually think largely determines
What you will ultimately become.


Knowledge will give you power,
but character respect.


The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves.
We are what we are, in a sense,
Because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head.
All concepts of self-improvement,
All actions and paths we take,
Relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves.
Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being.
A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding
Allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life
From which we can perceive and take the right avenues.


To become different from what we are,
we must have some awareness of what we are.


To know oneself
Is to study oneself in action
With another person. – Bruce Lee


Understanding comes about through feeling,
from moment to moment in the mirror of relationship.


Bruce Lee Philosophy Quotes


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


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


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


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.

If you think a thing is impossible,
You’ll make it impossible.


To hell with circumstances;
I create opportunities.


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


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 spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it.
But once passed, it is gone forever.


The moment is freedom. — I couldn’t live by a rigid schedule.
I try to live freely from moment to moment,
letting things happen and adjusting to them.


The timeless moment. —
The “moment” has no yesterday or tomorrow.
It is not the result of thought and therefore has no time.


Obey the principles without being bound by them.


Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.


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


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


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.


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 on Training


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


Do not be tense, just be ready,
Not thinking but not dreaming,
Not being set but being flexible.
It is being “wholly” and quietly alive, aware and alert,
Ready for whatever may come.


Endurance is lost rapidly if one ceases to work at its maximum.


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


One should be in harmony with, not in opposition to,
The strength and force of the opposition.
This means that one should do nothing
That is not natural or spontaneous;
The important thing is not to strain in any way.


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

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