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Bruce Lee Famous Quotes on Success and Motivation

“ False teachers of the Way of life use flowery words. ”- Bruce Lee

“ There is no such thing as maturity. There is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing. Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That’s the end. That’s when the coffin is closed. You might be deteriorating physically in the long process of aging, but your personal process of daily discovery is ongoing. You continue to learn more and more about yourself every day. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Self-Conquest is the greatest of victories. Mighty is he who conquers himself. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Remember my friend to enjoy your planning as well as your accomplishment, for life is too short for negative energy. ”- Bruce Lee

“ The meaning of life is that it is to be lived. ”- Bruce Lee

“ I create opportunities. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Know the difference between a catastrophe and an inconvenience. ”- Bruce Lee

“ If you knew you had to fight for your life tomorrow, would you change your training today? ”- Bruce Lee

“ Without frustration you will not discover that you might be able to do something on your own. We grow through conflict. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession. ”- Bruce Lee

“ You must accept the fact that there is no help but self-help. I cannot tell you how to gain freedom since freedom exists within you. ”- 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

“ Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ”- Bruce Lee

“ light guide you out of the darkness. ”- Bruce Lee

“ A man must constantly exceed his level ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Like the cobra, you remain coiled in a loose but compact position and your strike should be felt before it is seen. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To understand your fear is the beginning of really seeing. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Truth comes when your mind and heart are purged of all sense of striving and you are no longer trying to become somebody; it is there when the mind is very quiet, listening timelessly to everything. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Love, Inspirational, Life ”- Bruce Lee

“ My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting. ”- Bruce Lee

“ There’s only one basic principle of self-defense- you must apply the most effective weapon, as soon as possible, to the most vulnerable target. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Don’t ignore the five senses in search of a sixth. ”- 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

“ 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

“ If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Get maximum effect from minimum effort. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Zen is not “attained” by mirror-wiping mediation, but by “self-forgetfulness in the existential ‘present’ of life here and now.” We do not “come”, we “are.” Don’t strive to become, but be. ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine. ”- 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

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Do not have an attitude, open yourself and focus yourself and express yourself. Reject external form that fails to express internal reality. ”- Bruce Lee

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

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

“ In life, what more can you ask for than to be real? ”- Bruce Lee

“ There are no limits. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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 ”- Bruce Lee

“ It’s how you react. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To be honest to oneself, and that is very hard to do. ”- Bruce Lee

“ I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowled ”- Bruce Lee

“ I believe in teaching just a few students, as teaching requires a constant alert observation on each individual in order to establish a direct relationship. A good teacher cannot be fixed in a routine, and many are just that. During teaching, each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting. ”- Bruce Lee

“ People fear what they do not understand. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Each moment that passes changes you…You can’t even own yourself. How can you ever hope to own anyone or anything else. ”- Bruce Lee

“ True refinement seeks simplicity. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. ”- Bruce Lee

“ There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Learning is definitely not mere imitation, nor is it the ability to accumulate and regurgitate fixed knowledge. Learning is a constant process of discovery – a process without end. ”- Bruce Lee

“ People try to hold onto the sameness. This holding onto prevents growth. ”- Bruce Lee

“ We are told that talent creates opportunity, yet it is desire that creates talent. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Persistence, persistence, and persistence. The Power can be created and maintained through daily practice – continuous effort. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Life Is Too Short, Accomplishment, Energy ”- Bruce Lee

“ In order to realize our true self we must be willing to live without being dependent upon the opinion of others. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To live is to express oneself freely ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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

“ Loneliness is only an opportunity to cut adrift and find yourself. In solitude you are least alone. ”- Bruce Lee

“ A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Be a practical dreamer backed by action. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it. ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Low aim, not failure, is the crime. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Everyone wants to learn how to win, but no one wants to learn how to accept defeat. ”- 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

“ You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind, I will exercise daily when I need the urge to act for any purpose; and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily. ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ Give recognition where it is due. Compliments stimulate more effort and desire to improve. Be generous with honest praising. ”- Bruce Lee

“ We do not become. We simply are. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal. ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them. ”- Bruce Lee

“ I’m moving and not moving at all. I’m like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking. It is not, “I am doing this,” but rather, an inner realization that “this is happening through me,” or “it is doing this for me.” The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Simplicity is the key to brilliance. ”- Bruce Lee

“ The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain ”- Bruce Lee

“ Defense is attack, attack is defense, each being the cause and result of the other. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To change with change is the changeless state ”- Bruce Lee

“ It’s the law of averages: put in more, come out with more. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. In short, enter a mold without being caged in it. Obey the principle without being bound by it. Learn, master, and achieve. ”- Bruce Lee

“ One rule is to not use complicated techniques unless they are necessary to achieve your goal. First, use simple movements, and if they don’t work, then introduce the more complex ones. ”- Bruce Lee

“ We have great work ahead of us, and it needs devotion and much, much energy. To grow, to discover, we need involvement, which is something I experience every day – sometimes good, sometimes frustrating. No matter what, you must let your inner light guide you out of the darkness. ”- Bruce Lee

“ We shall find the answer when we examine the problem, the problem is never apart from the answer, the problem IS the answer, understanding the problem dissolves the problem. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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

“ The highest technique is to have no technique. My technique is a result of your technique; my movement is a result of your movement. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Meaning Of Life, Life Is ”- Bruce Lee

“ One must be truthful and honest in his approach; a constant independent inquiry and not blindly following a certain blue print laid down by others ”- Bruce Lee

“ Your state of mind is everything. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. 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

“ Where there is no style, there is no slave. Martial Arts mean honestly expressing yourself. No style. No slave. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To be what I term a ‘quality’ human being one has to be transparently real and have the courage to be what he is. ”- Bruce Lee

“ The truth is outside of all fixed patterns. ”- Bruce Lee

“ In building a statue, a sculptor doesn’t keep adding clay to his subject. Actually, he keeps chiseling away at the nonessentials until the truth of his creation is revealed without obstruction. ”- Bruce Lee

“ A man strikes you, make him bleed. He makes you bleed, you break his bones. He breaks your bones, kill him. Being hit is inevitable, strike back twice as hard. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Life Is, Self Knowledge, Martial Arts Inspirational ”- Bruce Lee

“ Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today. ”- 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 a way, having no limitation as limitation. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Everybody has to think for himself. A right way for a big man may not be a right way for a small man. A right way for someone who is slow may not be a right way for someone who is quick. Each person must understand his weaknesses and his strengths. ”- Bruce Lee

“ A person cannot forget someone who is good to them. ”- 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

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ When you feel pain, you know that you are still alive. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Obey the principles without being bound by them. ”- Bruce Lee

“ What Is, is more important than What Should Be. ”- Bruce Lee

“ When you say that something is impossible, you have made it impossible. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Once I slow down because I think I have reached my peak, then my skills will go nowhere but down ”- Bruce Lee

“ The possession of anything begins in the mind. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Instead of dedicating your life to actualize a concept of what you should be like, actualize yourself. ”- Bruce Lee

“ It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better. As the great Sun Tzu said: “When you know yourself and your opponent, you will win every time. When you know yourself but not your opponent, you will win one and lose one. However, when you do not know yourself or your opponent, you will be imperiled every time. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the ‘old’, you derive security; from the ‘new’, you gain the flow. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Knowing is not enough, You must apply ”- Bruce Lee

“ The past is no more; the future not yet. Nothing exists except the here and now. Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at our hands. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Every man today is the result of his thoughts yesterday. ”- Bruce Lee

“ When you freely express, you are the total style. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ The mind is like a fertile garden in which anything that is planted, flowers or weeds, will grow. ”- Bruce Lee

“ I’m not a master. I’m a student-master, meaning that I have the knowledge of a master and the expertise of a master, but I’m still learning. So I’m a student-master. I don’t believe in the word ‘master.’ I consider the master as such when they close the casket. ”- Bruce Lee

“ The more aware you become, the more you shed from day to day what you have learned so that your mind is always fresh and uncontaminated by previous conditioning. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To tell the truth, I could beat anybody in the world. ”- Bruce Lee

“ I’ve come to understand that life is best lived, not conceptualized. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely- lay your life before him!! ”- Bruce Lee

“ In the middle of chaos lies opportunity. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Because of styles people are separated. Research your own experience, absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Faith is a state of mind that can be conditioned through self-discipline. Faith will accomplish. ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ Either push your limits or die. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strange confidence. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Judging, Martial Arts Inspirational, Judged ”- Bruce Lee

“ The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead — big possibilities. Like the song says, We’ve just begun. ”- 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

“ There is no love without friendship. Passion alone does not form relationships of value. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Evaluation by others is not a guide for me. ”- Bruce Lee

“ When one has no form, one can be all forms. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Since life is an ever evolving process, one should flow in this process and discover how to actualize and expand oneself. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Are you going to let the obstacles in your life be stumbling blocks or stepping stones? Choose the positive. You are the master of your attitude. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Emptiness the starting point. — In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Understanding requires not just a moment of perception, but a continuous awareness, a continuous state of inquiry without conclusion ”- Bruce Lee

“ I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in man. ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ You will never learn anything new unless you are ready to accept yourself with your limitations. You must accept the fact that you are capable in some directions and limited in others, and you must develop your capabilities. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Observe what is with undivided awareness. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To tolerate is to insult. ”- Bruce Lee

“ All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Anxiety is the gap between the NOW and the THEN. So if you are in the NOW, you can’t be anxious, because your excitement flows immediately into ongoing spontaneous activity. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Learning is a constant process of discovery – a process without end. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Stop wasting time in playing a role or a concept. Instead, learn to ACTUALIZE YOURSELF, your potential. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Learn it all, then forget it all. ”- Bruce Lee

“ One great cause of failure is lack of concentration. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Be a calm beholder of what is happening around you. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Martial arts, like any art, is an unrestricted athletic expression of an individual soul. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Sorrows are our best educator. A man can see further through a tear than a telescope. ”- Bruce Lee

“ The essence of fighting is the art of moving at the right time. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up – it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not. ”- Bruce Lee

“ To take responsibility for one’s own actions, good and bad, is something else. ”- Bruce Lee

“ It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it. ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ Genius: The capacity to see and to express what is simple, simply! ”- Bruce Lee

“ What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become. ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ To become a champion requires a good mental attitude toward preparation. You have to accept the most tedious task with pleasure. ”- 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

“ Its not what happens that counts… ”- Bruce Lee

“ A martial artist has to take responsibility for himself and accept the consequences of his own doing. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Let nature take its course and your tools will strike at the right moment. ”- Bruce Lee

“ 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. ”- Bruce Lee

“ If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ”- Bruce Lee

“ No matter what, you must let your inner ”- Bruce Lee

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

“ Knowing, Martial Arts, Enough ”- Bruce Lee

“ The usefulness of the cup is its emptiness. ”- Bruce Lee

“ We should devote ourselves to being self-sufficient and must not depend upon the external ratings by others for our happiness. ”- Bruce Lee

“ If you want to learn to swim you have to throw yourself in the water. ”- Bruce Lee

“ The change is from inner to outer. We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Fluidity is the way to an empty mind. You must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying. ”- Bruce Lee

“ Take inventory of everyone with whom you have contact. ”- Bruce Lee

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