149 Bruce Lee Quotes – (The Ultimate List)

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Bruce lee was a friggin legend. He was very simplistic in his approach breaking down complexities of life into simplistic terms that created a cult following. Below are 149 Bruce Lee quotes that show how the man lived and countless words to live by! Enjoy


  1. “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specific to your own.” – Bruce Lee

  2. “The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.” – Bruce Lee

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

  4. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10000 kicks once, But I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10000 times.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

  7. “Learning is discovery, the discovery of the cause of our ignorance.” – Bruce Lee

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

  9. “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 love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” – Bruce Lee

  10. “Defeat is a state of mind. No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality.” – Bruce Lee

  11. “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.” – Bruce Lee

  12. “Be water my friend. empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless. Like water. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.” – Bruce Lee

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

  14. “Empty your mind. Be formless shapeless like water. It can flow or it can crash, be water my friend.” Bruce Lee

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

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

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

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

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

  20. “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

  21. “Experiencing is believing. A fat belly cannot believe that such a thing as hunger exists.” – Bruce Lee

  22. “Boards don’t hit back.” – Bruce Lee

  23. “The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness, only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.” – Bruce Lee

  24. “Every 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

  25. “Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.” – Bruce Leet

  26. “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

  27. “Use only that which works and take from any place you can find it.” – Bruce

  28. “But neither can you condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on. You can never invite the wind but you must leave the window open.”- Bruce Lee

  29. “I can walk away from millions because it’s not right. But I’ll be damned if I’ll back up an inch from a dime because it has to be.” – Bruce Lee

  30. “The past is an illusion. You must learn to live in the present and accept yourself for what you are now. What you lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge and constant practice.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

  33. “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 it’s course and your tools will strike at the right moment.” – Bruce Lee

  34. “To me, the function and duty of a human being is the sincere and honest development of hist potential and self actualization, not self image actualization.” – Bruce Lee

  35. “Any technique, however worth and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it.” – Bruce Lee

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

  37. “Using no way as way. Having no limitation as your only limitation.” – Bruce Lee

  38. “Now I see that I will never find the light, unless like the candle, I am my own fuel consuming myself.” – Bruce Lee

  39. “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

  40. “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

  41. “When you are talking about fighting as it is, with no rules, well then baby you better train every part of your body!” – Bruce Lee

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

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

  44. “The word ‘superstar’ is an illusion.” – Bruce Lee

  45. “Be flexible so you can change with change. Empty yourself. Open up.” – Bruce Lee

  46. “In the middle of chaos is opportunity.” – Bruce Lee

  47. “There are no limits, there are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

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

  49. “After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge.” – Bruce Lee

  50. “I am not easily discouraged readily visualize myself as overcoming obstacles, winning out over setbacks, achieving impossible objectives.” – Bruce Lee

  51. “Satori – in the awakening from a dream. Awakening and self-realization and seeing into on’es own being – these are synonymous.” – Bruce Lee

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

  53. “Life 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

  54. “It’s not what happens that counts. It’s how you react.” – Bruce Lee

  55. “Relationship is understanding. It is a process of self-revelation. Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself – to be is to be related.” – Bruce Lee

  56. “Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing.” – Bruce LEe

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

  58. “You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.” – Bruce Lee

  59. “When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. IF you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow- you are not understanding yourself.” – Bruce Lee

  60. “Obey principles without being bound by them.” – Bruce Lee

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

  62. “He who wants to succeed should learn to fight, to strive and to suffer. You can acquire a lot if lie if you are prepared to give up a lot to get it.” – Bruce Lee

  63. “In order to taste my cup of water, you must first empty your cup.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

  66. “Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.” – Bruce Lee

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

  68. “Showing off is the fools idea of glory.” – Bruce Lee

  69. “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-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly no knowing where my 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

  70. “The moment is freedom. I couldn’t live my a rigid schedule. I try to live freely from moment to moment, letting things happen and adjusting to them.” – Bruce Lee

  71. “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.” – Bruce Lee

  72. “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

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

  74. “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

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

  76. “Real living is living for others. – Bruce Lee

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

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

  79. “Success means doing something sincerely and wholeheartedly.” Bruce Lee

  80. “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 kung fu man, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition.” – Bruce Lee

  81. “Wheat you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.” – Bruce Lee

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

  83. “The less effort you put in, the more powerful you will be.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

  86. “The consciousness of self is the greatist hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.” – Bruce Lee

  87. “If you put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits.” – Bruce Lee

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

  89. “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 it’s course and your tools will strike at the right moment.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

  92. “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

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

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

  97. “Go bravely on my friend because each experience teaches us a lesson.” – Bruce Lee

  98. “Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.” – Bruce Lee

  99. “The doubters said – “Man can not fly”, the doers said “Maybe, but we’ll try”, and finally the soared in the morning glow while non-believers watched from below.” – Bruce Lee

  100. “Fear comes from uncertainty we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better.” – Bruce Lee

  101. “Set patterns, incapable of adaptability, of pliability, only offer a better cage. Truth is outside all patterns.” – Bruce Lee

  102. “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

  103. “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

  104. “Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement. I’m still learning for learning is boundless.” – Bruce Lee

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

  106. “Running water never grows stale.” – Bruce Lee

  107. “We all have time to spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.” – Bruce Lee

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

  109. “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

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

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

  112. “Be flexible so you can change, with change, empty yourself. Open up.” – Bruce Lee

  113. “Take not thought of who is right or wrong, or who is better than. Be not for or against.” – Bruce Lee

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

  115. “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

  116. “Drop and dissolve inner blockage. A condition mind is never a free mind. Wipe away and dissolve all it’s experience and be born afresh.” – Bruce Lee

  117. “Only in times of adversity, privation or mishap does my mind function and think properly of my state. This close examination or self strengthens my mind and leads me to understand and be understood.” – Bruce Lee

  118. “It is compassion rather than the principle of justice which can guard us against being unjust to our fellow man.” – Bruce Lee

  119. Bring the mind into sharp focus so 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

  120. “Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, un-rhythmic movement, as we are constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.” – Bruce Lee

  121. “Train hard, work hard, stay focused.” – Bruce Lee

  122. “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

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

  124. “A good teacher can never be fixed in a routine. Each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly change and constantly adaption. A teacher must never impose this student to fit his favorite pattern. A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. A teacher is never a giver of truth, he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. I am not teaching you anything. I just help you explore yourself.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

  127. “Do not fear failure – not failure but low aim is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee

  128. “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

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

  130. “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

  131. “Don’t think, feel. It is like a finger pointing the way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.” – Bruce Lee

  132. “Become devoid to gain totality.” – Bruce Lee

  133. “It’s no what you give, it’s the way you give it.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

  136. “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

  137. “Be like water making it’s 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 stay rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.” – Bruce Lee

  138. “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

  139. “Not being tense but ready. Not thinking about dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.” – Bruce Lee

  140. “To me, the extraordinary aspect of marital arts lies in it’s 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.” – Bruce Lee

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

  142. “A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

  145. “Linda and I aren’t one and one. We are two halves that make a whole, two halves fitted together are more efficient than either half would ever be alone.” – Bruce Lee

  146. “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

  147. “Effort within the mind further limits the mind, because effort implies struggle towards a goal and when you have a goal, a purpose, and end in view, you have placed a limit on the mind.” – Bruce Lee

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


So there it is my friends, Bruce lee quotes about life, love and of course water! Let me know what your favorite ones are and if you have any good ones to add that I missed! Much love my friends, and remember to be like water.



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