77 Best Bruce Lee Quotes of All Time

Which are your favorite Bruce Lee Quotes? 

Bruce Lee was a superhuman;

Bruce was such a powerful and successful individual. And when we talk about fulfilling your potential in life, Bruce is the person to aspire towards. He was the master of his own body, and there were literally no limits in his mind.

I was looking over various Bruce Lee quotes recently and was incredibly inspired by what I was reading. The wisdom contained in his words is absolutely phenomenal!

Here are the best Bruce Lee quotes of all time:


77 Bruce Lee Quotes

1. “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

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

5. “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

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

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

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

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


10th of 77 Bruce Lee Quotes

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


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

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

13. “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

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

15. “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

16. “If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

19. “Obey the principles without being bound by them.” – Bruce Lee’


20th of 77 Bruce Lee Quotes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29. “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


30th of 77 Bruce Lee Quotes

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


31. “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

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

33. “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

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

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

36. “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.” – Bruce Lee

37. “Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. 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

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

39. “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


40th of 77 Bruce Lee Quotes

40. “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


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

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

43. “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

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

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

46. “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

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

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

49. “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


50th of 77 Bruce Lee Quotes

50. “It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it.” – Bruce Lee


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

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

53. “The knowledge and skills you have achieved are meant to be forgotten so you can float comfortably in emptiness, without obstruction.” – Bruce Lee

54. “There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

57. “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.” – Bruce Lee

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

59. “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 not knowing where the 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


60th of 77 Bruce Lee Quotes

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


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

62. “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

63. “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

64. “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

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

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

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

68. “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

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


70th of 77 Bruce Lee Quotes

Bruce Lee Quotes (1)70. “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


71. “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

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

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

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

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

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

77. “When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.” – Bruce Lee


Bruce Lee Inspirational Speech: Be Like Water


Thanks for viewing this collection of the best Bruce Lee quotes!

Which are your favorite Bruce Lee quotes? Leave a comment below.

You May Also Like