Bruce Lee Quotes

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

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

Be happy, but never satisfied.

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

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

As you think, so shall you become.

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

o 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.

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.

Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.

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.

Choose the positive. You have a choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.

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.

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

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.

The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.

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.

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.

Obey the principles without being bound by them.

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.

Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.

Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

The possession of anything begins in the mind.

To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.

In order to control me I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.

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

Defeat is a state of mind; No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.

There is “what is” only when there is no comparing and to live with “what is” is to be peaceful.

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

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

Simplicity is the key to brilliance.

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.

The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.

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

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

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

All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.

Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.

Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient. Thus the tensed expert marksman will aim at a level less than his/her student.

Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.

Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.

In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.

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.

Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.

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

Real living is living for others.

Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

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

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

Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.

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.

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.

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

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

Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.

Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate.

Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.

Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing.

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

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

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.

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.

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