100 Best Bruce Lee Motivational Quotes & Sayings On Life

These Bruce Lee motivational and inspirational quotes will teach you a lot about personal growth and discipline.

Lee Jun-fan popularly known as Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940, was a Hong Kong American martial artist, actor, and philosopher. Even though the world has lost him too soon, to this date he is one the most influential martial artist of all time.

Bruce Lee Motivational Quotes & Sayings On Life

Bruce Lee introduced many new martial arts forms to the world and became a role model for Asian film stars for how they were perceived on film. Lee started acting at the age of 3 months but gained popularity for his role in The Green Hornet, a show that aired around1966-67.

Founder of Jeet Kune Do that is a hybrid martial art, Lee moved back to Hong Kong in 1971 due to a major back injury and receiving a lack of decent roles. He signed a contract for two films that is Fists of Fury and The Chinese Connection.

Both of these movies received bad feedback from the US critics but were a superhit in Hong Kong. He became Asia’s superstar after the release of these two movies but still struggled to get famous in the US.

At the age of 32, he began a Hollywood project named Enter the Dragon but died a month before the film was released. And when the film was released later, it earned more than $200 million making Bruce Lee an international film icon. He was the one who changed the way Asians were presented in American films.

Dying at the age of 32 on July 20, 1973, his legacy as a martial artist and an actor continues by the actors Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris.

Here we are sharing some motivational Bruce Lee quotes and sayings on life for you to learn and grow.

Bruce Lee Quotes

“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

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

“As you think, so shall you become.”
― Bruce Lee

“Real living is living for others.”
― Bruce Lee

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own”
― Bruce Lee

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

“All knowledge leads to self-knowledge.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

“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, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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

Bruce Lee Water Quotes

“The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”
― Bruce Lee

“Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.”
― Bruce Lee

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

“In Buddhism, there is no place for using effort. 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, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

“If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll only make it impossible.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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

“The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”
― Bruce Lee

“The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning, but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel.”
― 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

Bruce Lee Quotes About Life

“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

“Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.”
― Bruce Lee

“The world is full of people who are determined to be somebody or to give trouble. They want to get ahead, to stand out. Such ambition has no use for a gung fu man, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition”
― 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

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

“Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.”
― Bruce Lee

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

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
― Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Motivational Quotes

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
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

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

“Be happy, but never satisfied.”
― Bruce Lee

“Relationship is understanding. It is a process of self-revelation. A relationship is a mirror in which you discover yourself — to be is to be related.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

“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

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.”
― Bruce Lee

“It’s like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”
― 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

“Be self-aware, rather than a repetitious robot”
― 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, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee Famous Quotes And Sayings

“In order to control myself, I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.”
― Bruce Lee

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

“The word “superstar” is an illusion”
― 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

“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

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

“Self-knowledge involves relationship. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. A relationship is a process of self-evaluation and self-revelation. A relationship is a mirror in which you discover yourself – to be is to be related.”
― Bruce Lee

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

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

“The More we value things, the less we value ourselves”
― Bruce Lee

Best Bruce Lee Quotes

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

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

“If you always put limits 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

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
― Bruce Lee

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
― 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

“If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.”
― Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Inspirational Quotes

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

“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
― 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

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

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

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

“To express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself—that, my friend, is very hard to do.”
― 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

Bruce Lee Quotes In English

“Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for a difficult one with the strength to endure it.”
― Bruce Lee

“Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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

“Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I’ll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended.”
― Bruce Lee

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”
― Bruce Lee

“A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. ”
― Bruce Lee

“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.”
― 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

“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

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

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

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
― 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

“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

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.”
― Bruce Lee

“The most dangerous person is the one who listens, thinks and observes”
― Bruce Lee

“Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

“The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose. Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart; if you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between “for” and “against” is the mind’s worst disease.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

“A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.”
― Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Philosophy Quotes

“If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.”
― Bruce Lee

“When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And, when there is an opportunity, I do not hit – it hits all by itself.”
― Bruce Lee

“A conditioned mind is never a free mind.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

“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

“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.”
― Bruce Lee

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

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in 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.”
― Bruce Lee

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

Did these motivational quotes by Bruce Lee inspire you?

Even though he lived a short life but it was an impactful life. The wisdom he shared in the form of Kung Fu and his disciplines will always be cherished and remembered all around the world. We hope these Bruce Lee motivational quotes on life will inspire you and bring a positive impact on your life.

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