13 Powerful Quotes From Bruce Lee

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Anyone who knows anything about Bruce Lee can’t help but be impressed by the amount he accomplished in his relatively short life. Not only was he an amazing martial artist, but he was also an tremendous actor and  philosopher as well.

What amazed me about Bruce Lee was his profound wisdom. I often use his quotes as a source of inspiration. My hope is that you can to. The following are some of my favorite quotes from Bruce Lee:

  • “The “moment” has no yesterday or tomorrow. It is not the result of thought and therefore has no time.”
  • “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough: we must do.”
  • “Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.”
  • “The measure  of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being”
  • ” Real living is living for others.”
  • “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”
  • “Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them.”
  • “A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.”
  • “Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man etc. Then he becomes a slave to the patter and takes the pattern to be the real thing.”
  • “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.”
  • “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
  • “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
  • “To grow, to discover, we need involvement which is something I experience everyday, sometimes good, sometimes frustrating.”

Bruce Lee is a personal hero of mine for he demonstrated what it means to be a truly compassionate human being.

He not only gave out advice but actually lived a life according to his values. The fact that he was able to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time gives inspires me greatly. He truly was an “artist of life.”

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  1. says

    Great List! I’ve always enjoyed…

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

    &

    “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

    • Johnny says

      I became a HUGE fan of Bruce Lee back in the 70s when I was young. My dad was 2nd degree black belt and he loved Kung Fu movies. The “Old School” ones. He took me to see both The Big Boss (Fists of Fury) and The Chinese Connection.

      Once I saw Bruce’s unique style and free flowing mannerisms or personality in his martial arts, iIwas hooked! And while I like alot of artists today; Don Wang Tao, Hwang Jang Lee, Dragon Lee, Bruce Li, Lo Lieh, Tommy Lee, Gordon Lu, Sammo Hung, Chang Yi, John Liu, Meng Fei, Alexander Fu Sheng, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and many others. There WILL NEVER BE another Bruce Lee. HE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE MAN!

      rest in peace Bruce.

  2. says

    I have been fascinated with Bruce Lee since a young age. His profound wisdom is simply extraordinary.

    @Dave: What a great quote. Simplicity directly correlates with power.

    @ Chick J: I actually haven’t seen many of his films. When I was younger I used to do Martial Arts, so I read quite a few books on him.

  3. ryan taaan says

    yesss dude
    first time on your blog
    propss
    barely anyone regonizes bruce lee for the genius he really is
    because to understand his values we have to first negate his impact as an international star and view him as a philosopher.
    geniuss, his books really make up like a quarter of my philosophy collection

  4. says

    I agree with @Dave: my all time favorite Bruce Lee Quote:

    ““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.”

    So many in this world are limited by faulty assumptions. Awesome list!

    • sage hopkins says

      Isn’t it great? Before I became a musician, I was really into martial arts; but Bruce Lee’s quotes stuck with me into all of my phases of musicianship; applying these principals have made me a better musician, and being a better musician has made me a happier person. Great Stuff!

  5. Eugene says

    Bud, you should check out his movies. The acting and the dialogue in them isn’t great, but the martial arts make it worth the watch.

    Here’s a great interview you should check out too, from 1971:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXOtmhA6Nvw

    Here are some of my favorite quotes:

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

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

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

  6. Jitu says

    One of my favourite Quote by Bruce Lee which shows the importance of PRACTICE.

    ” i am not afraid of the person who knows 1000 types of Martial Arts style, but i am afraid of the person who practices 1 style for 1000 times”

    :-)

  7. Jett says

    Bruce Lee is a philosopher and an inspiration not only to me but to my father as well.

    My father liked him very much, upon knowing Lee’s story i found my self liking him like my father does. His movies, his quotes, his style without style, even the way he thinks and speaks… Amazing!

    “using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation”

  8. says

    ““Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man etc. Then he becomes a slave to the patter and takes the pattern to be the real thing.”

    I loved that. I also loved the quote about living for others. Most of the things Bruce says are things we all already know….I think it is just about pracitising them more.

    Thank you for reminding me to practice them. :)

  9. rafea cruz says

    I agree with Bruce lees quotes. It really is all inspiring. Even when i go to school, i have it on the front of my binder to remind me who and how it inspired me. One of my favorites is “Knowing is not enough we must apply, Willing is not enough we must do”

  10. Sierra says

    I LOVE BRUCE LEE! I found him through my uncle, who is also a fan of his. He was taught Wing Chun through Master Jim Fung and passed on the basic knowledge to us kids as a means to defend ourselves if it ever came down to it.

    He was truely inspriational & the most amazing thing is that there isn’t really any controversy with Bruce Lee, he was an honest & great man. It’s hard to find those qualities in people these days & it’s hard to want to inspire to them. He was truely an amazing man.

  11. says

    yea i am fully inspired of Bruce Lee quotes, Sometimes life gets tough and we need that little something to keep us going. That little something, is inspirational quotations. We love to read and get inspired …
    Here is one of my favorite…..
    he was n{is} A greatest Martiartist on whole world…!!

  12. denbert solano says

    “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.”
    Bruce Lee-

  13. says

    Bruce Lee’s quotes are inspirational. He was famous for his incredible speed and the mastery of his art. You don’t have to be a Bruce Lee fan to gain wisdom from his quotes. They speak to all and they are filled with motivation and intelligence.

  14. says

    Like some people said that we seems to know all of these quotes, and believed that they are true, however we seems to lack that step to put them into action. These quotes are truly inspirational. It show that Bruce was not just a mare martial artist but an awaken being striving to achieve the greatest a man can be, in personal life and spirituality, something lacking in this world.

    I’m a little puzzle, on how most people compare themselves to Bruce on his martial art level or personal achievement. It is beyond most can comprehend, what Bruce Lee is all about. His amazing progress in martial, is because he understood himself better. To some people in the martial art world, he is just an ordinary martial artist who had achieved the ultimate fighting style, but he is beyond that, he was a philosopher, he was a spiritual cultivator, he reached the level almost impossible to describe. Although some people had reached a very high level in martial art, but they lacking in inner achievement, in a sense that is like empty achievement.

    Thanks for the article.

  15. Jignesh Prajapati says

    Bruce Lee was (no, still “IS”) an unbelievable creator of Martial Arts that goes even beyond and beyond this Art, every time, any person on this earth think of HIM…! “Whenever I think of HIM, or see his picture anywhere, blood starts moving faster than normal in my body” This is really some kind of amazing phenomena that I experience… “”THE BRUCE LEE is very dangerous when He has any weapon in His hands and fights. BUT, He is the most dangerous person on this earth, when His opponent has any kind of Weapon and HIS hands are naked…!!

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