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46 Exceptional Bruce Lee Quotes to Remember



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Bruce Lee is the most influential martial artist of all time. He is remembered today as the figure who popularized kung fu around the world. Here are the 46 most inspiring Bruce Lee quotes to help you combat self-doubt.

Bruce Lee Quotes

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

2. “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” – Bruce Lee

3. “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

4. “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 into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can either flow, or it can crash! Be like water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. “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

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

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

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16. “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

17. “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

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

19. “Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.” – Bruce Lee

20. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee

21. “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

22. “If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll only make it impossible.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

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

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

27. “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

28. “Real living is living for others.” – Bruce Lee

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

30. “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

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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.” – Bruce Lee

32. “The More we value things, the less we value ourselves.” – Bruce Lee

33. “The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a patter of systems.” – Bruce Lee

34. “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

37. “Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.” – Bruce Lee

38. “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.” – Bruce Lee

39. “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

40. “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

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

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

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

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

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

46. “Put ‘going the extra mile’ to work as part of one’s daily habit.” – Bruce Lee

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