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275 Inspiring Quotes by Bruce Lee

Wikipedia Summary for Bruce Lee

Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), commonly known as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Chinese American martial artist, actor, director, martial arts instructor and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA).

Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.

The son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-chuen, Lee was born in the Chinatown area of San Francisco, on November 27, 1940, to parents from Hong Kong, and was raised with his family in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

He was introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child actor. His early martial arts experience included Wing Chun, tai chi, street fighting, and boxing, winning the Hong Kong schools boxing tournament. Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education at the University of Washington in Seattle; it was during this time that he began teaching martial arts, later drawing significant attention at the 1964 Long Beach International Karate Championships. In the 1970s, his Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in the Chinese nation and Chinese martial arts in the West. The direction and tone of his films dramatically influenced and changed martial arts and martial arts films worldwide.

He is noted for his roles in five feature-length martial arts films in the early 1970s: Lo Wei's The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest's Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; and Golden Harvest and Warner Brothers' Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978), both directed by Robert Clouse.

Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world, particularly among the Chinese, based upon his portrayal of Chinese nationalism in his films, and among Asian Americans for defying stereotypes associated with the emasculated Asian male. Having initially learnt Wing Chun, tai chi, boxing, and street fighting, he combined them with other influences from various sources into the spirit of his personal martial arts philosophy, which he dubbed Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist).

Lee had residences in Hong Kong and Seattle.

Lee died on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32. There was no visible external injury; however, according to autopsy reports, Lee's brain had swollen considerably. The autopsy found Equagesic in his system. When the doctors announced Lee's death, it was officially ruled a "death by misadventure". Since his death, Lee has continued to be a prominent influence on modern combat sports, including judo, karate, mixed martial arts, and boxing, as well as modern popular culture, including film, television, comics, animation and video games. Time named Lee one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

blue ocean

In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.

--Bruce Lee

mountain dew during sunrise

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

--Bruce Lee


sliced lemon on pink surface

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.

--Bruce Lee

brown and black leaf in close up photography

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

--Bruce Lee

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

With every adversity comes a blessing because a shock acts as a reminder to oneself that we must not get stale in routine.

--Bruce Lee

silver round analog wall clock

Remember my friend to enjoy your planning as well as your accomplishment, for life is too short for negative energy.

--Bruce Lee

rainbow desert

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

--Bruce Lee

two person standing while watching sky

Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.

--Bruce Lee

brown wooden heart shaped figurine

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

--Bruce Lee

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

The possession of anything begins in the mind.

--Bruce Lee

river painting

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

--Bruce Lee

blue sky with stars during night time

My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.

--Bruce Lee

pot on window with flowers

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

--Bruce Lee

selective photography of dried leaf

All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

All types of knowledge ultimately lead to self-knowledge. So, therefore, these people are asking me to teach them, not so much how to defend themselves or how to do somebody in. Rather, they want to learn to express themselves through some movement, be it anger, be it determination or whatever. So, in other words, they're paying me to show them, in combative form, the art of expressing the human body.


brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

Do not have an attitude, open yourself and focus yourself and express yourself. Reject external form that fails to express internal reality.

--Bruce Lee

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

To doubt is to think, and thought is the only thing in the universe whose existence cannot be denied, because to deny is to think.

--Bruce Lee

red rose

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

--Bruce Lee

person looking at the milkyway

One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.

--Bruce Lee

selective focus photography of sunflower

False teachers of the Way of life use flowery words.

--Bruce Lee

dirt road to sunset

Be a practical dreamer backed by action.

--Bruce Lee

clear liquid on leaf

The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.

--Bruce Lee

person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

To understand your fear is the beginning of really seeing.

--Bruce Lee

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

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

--Bruce Lee

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.

--Bruce Lee

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

Humility forms the basis of honor, just as the low ground forms the foundation of a high elevation.

--Bruce Lee

brown rock formation

Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it.

--Bruce Lee

man raising arms between greenfield

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

--Bruce Lee

photo og calm body of water

Be a calm beholder of what is happening around you.

--Bruce Lee

low angle photo of starry night

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

--Bruce Lee

silhouette photography of trees and sky

Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.

--Bruce Lee


brown chopped logs

If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help.

--Bruce Lee

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Masters in all branches of art must first be masters in living, for the soul creates everything.

--Bruce Lee

cactus flowers

A purpose is the eternal condition of success.

--Bruce Lee

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

Fluidity is the way to an empty mind. You must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.

--Bruce Lee


black and white photo of woman looking upward

Ultimately the greatest help is self-help.

--Bruce Lee



long exposure photography of lights

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

body of water near mountains

We do not become. We simply are.

--Bruce Lee

man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

Endurance is lost rapidly if one ceases to work at its maximum.

--Bruce Lee

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

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

--Bruce Lee

white snow mountain

Nothingness cannot be defined; the softest thing cannot be snapped.

--Bruce Lee

river painting

When you feel pain, you know that you are still alive.

--Bruce Lee

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.

--Bruce Lee

person cooking on seashore

A man must constantly exceed his level.

--Bruce Lee

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them.

--Bruce Lee



pink and white flower in close up photography

The strongest is he that makes use of his opponent's strength -- be the bamboo tree which bends toward the wind; and when the wind ceases, it springs back stronger than before.

--Bruce Lee

two mugs of brown liquids

Your state of mind is everything.

--Bruce Lee

red tulips

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

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.

--Bruce Lee

Light blue to purple gradient

Effort within the mind further limits the mind, because effort implies struggle towards a goal and when you have a goal, a purpose, an end in view, you have placed a limit on the mind.

--Bruce Lee

woman in black sports bra and black leggings

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.

--Bruce Lee

shallow focus photography of white flowers

Yesterday's dreams are often tomorrow's realities.

--Bruce Lee

leafless tree

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

--Bruce Lee

leafless tree

If I should die tomorrow, I will have no regrets. I did what I wanted to do. You can't expect more from life.

--Bruce Lee

pink flower with green stem

Have no rigid system in you, and you'll be flexible to change with the ever changing.

--Bruce Lee


sunflower field during daytime

If you make an ass out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you.

--Bruce Lee

red rose in black background

Don't think. FEEL. It's like a finger pointing at the moon. Do not concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all of the heavenly glory.

--Bruce Lee

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

There is intelligence when you are not afraid.

--Bruce Lee

shallow focus photography of purple flower

Art is never decoration, embellishment; instead, it is work of enlightenment. Art, in other words, is a technique for acquiring liberty.

--Bruce Lee

None

Are you going to let the obstacles in your life be stumbling blocks or stepping stones? Choose the positive. You are the master of your attitude.

--Bruce Lee


grass field under cloudy sky

I don't want to do anything halfway. It has to be perfect.

--Bruce Lee

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

We are told that talent creates opportunity, yet it is desire that creates talent.

--Bruce Lee

green grass field

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

--Bruce Lee

brown butterfly perched on flower

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

--Bruce Lee

black and white window illustration

I cannot teach you, only help you to explore yourself, nothing more.

--Bruce Lee

river between trees under blue sky

Jeet Kune Do does not beat around the bush. It does not take winding detours. It follows a straight line to the objective. Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points.

--Bruce Lee

aerial photography of forest

As long as we separate this oneness into two we won't achieve realization.

--Bruce Lee

clear hour glass beside pink flowers

It is not how much you have learned, but how much you have absorbed in what you have learned.

--Bruce Lee

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

It is not what happens that is success or failure, but what it does to the heart of man.

--Bruce Lee

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

It is compassion rather than the principle of justice which can guard us against being unjust to our fellow men.

--Bruce Lee

silver bell alarm clock

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.

--Bruce Lee

Arizona landscape rain

To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old,' you derive security; from the 'new,' you gain the flow.

--Bruce Lee

bird in the sky

Since life is an ever evolving process, one should flow in this process and discover how to actualize and expand oneself.

--Bruce Lee

white flower in grayscale photography

To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery.

--Bruce Lee

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

True observation begins when devoid of set patterns; freedom of expression occurs when one is beyond system.

--Bruce Lee

sunset and agave stalk

A self-willed man has no other aim than his own growth.

--Bruce Lee

assorted books on wooden table

The unfolding of the bare human soul...that is what interests me.

--Bruce Lee

grassland landscape

I think of myself as a human being.

--Bruce Lee

green artificial palm tree on seashore

When the ultimate perfection is attained, the body and limbs perform by themselves what is assigned to them to do with no interference from the mind.

--Bruce Lee

green-leafed trees during daytime

Observe what is with undivided awareness.

--Bruce Lee


person holding yellow petaled flower

Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.

--Bruce Lee

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Concentration is a form of exclusion, and where there is exclusion, there is a thinker who excludes.

--Bruce Lee

beach during daytime

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

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

It is better to live as a broken piece of jade, than to live as a useless clay.

--Bruce Lee

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.

--Bruce Lee

red textile in close up photography

The more complicated and restricted the method, the less opportunity for expression of one's original sense of freedom.

--Bruce Lee


leafless tree under gray sky

Let the spirit out -- Discard all thoughts of reward, all hopes of praise and fears of blame, all awareness of one's bodily self. And, finally closing the avenues of sense perception, let the spirit out, as it will.

--Bruce Lee

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

Dedication, absolute dedication, is what keeps one ahead!

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

Dedication, absolute dedication, is what keeps one ahead. A sort of

indomitable obsessive dedication and the realization that there is

no end or limit to this because life is simply an ever-growing process,

an ever-renewing process.


tan wallpaper

I am not afraid of an opponent who practiced ten thousand kicks once. What I am afraid of is an opponent who practiced one kick, ten thousand times.

--Bruce Lee

low angle photography of gray concrete building

We have more faith in what we imitate than in what we create.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

We have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We cannot derive a sense of absolute certitude from anything which has its roots in us. The most poignant sense of insecurity comes from standing alone and we are not alone when we imitate. It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.


yellow and white painted wall

In building a statue, a sculptor doesn't keep adding clay to his subject. Actually, he keeps chiseling away at the nonessentials until the truth of his creation is revealed without obstruction.

--Bruce Lee

sunset

When you're talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you'd better train every part of your body!

--Bruce Lee

mountain summit during sunset

Out of chaos, find simplicity, From discord, find harmony.

--Bruce Lee

grayscale photo of pug on floor

Use no way as way, make no limitation, limitation.

--Bruce Lee


gray concrete surface

There can be no initiative if one has fear, and fear compels us to cling to tradition, gurus, etc.

--Bruce Lee


person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart.

--Bruce Lee

long exposure photography of beach

I do not fear the man who practices 1,000 kicks one time each. I fear the man who practices 1 kick 1,000 times.

--Bruce Lee

None

Give recognition where it is due. Compliments stimulate more effort and desire to improve. Be generous with honest praising.

--Bruce Lee


blue and white abstract painting

If you knew you had to fight for your life tomorrow, would you change your training today?

--Bruce Lee

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

In combat, spontaneity rules; rote performance of technique perishes.

--Bruce Lee

low angle view of blue clouds

A good fighter must sense rather than perceive his chance to strike.

--Bruce Lee


Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

Don't be forecasting evil unless it is what you can guard against. Anxiety is good for nothing if we can't turn it into a defense.

--Bruce Lee


white snow mountain

Put 'going the extra mile' to work as part of one's daily habit.

--Bruce Lee

yellow and white abstract painting

When the opponent expand, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And, when there is an opportunity, I do not hit -- it hits all by itself.

--Bruce Lee


sun

Anger should be expressed. - Any anger that is not coming out, flowing freely, will turn into sadism, power drive, stammering, and other means of torturing.

--Bruce Lee


empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Learn the principles, abide by the principles, and then dissolve the principles.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. In short, enter a mold without being caged in it. Obey the principle without being bound by it. Learn, master, and achieve.


selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely- lay your life before him!!


rock formation surrounding by body of water

Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better. As the great Sun Tzu said: “When you know yourself and your opponent, you will win every time. When you know yourself but not your opponent, you will win one and lose one. However, when you do not know yourself or your opponent, you will be imperiled every time.


flame illustration

In life, what more can you ask for than to be real?

--Bruce Lee

mountains under white clouds at daytime

Efficiency is anything that scores.

--Bruce Lee


desert under blue skies

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

yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

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

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in 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.


purple wallpaper

The abdominal and waist region coordinate all parts of the body and act as the center or generator. Therefore, you can promote the ability to control the body's action and master your will more easily.

--Bruce Lee

men running toward beach

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


yellow flower

In order to realize our true self we must be willing to live without being dependent upon the opinion of others.

--Bruce Lee

shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

Either push your limits or die.

--Bruce Lee

purple and white light illustration

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

purple flower

To become a champion requires a good mental attitude toward preparation. You have to accept the most tedious task with pleasure.

--Bruce Lee

time lapse photography of fire

It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.

--Bruce Lee

green palm tree during daytime

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


silhouette of praying man

An intelligent mind is an inquiring mind. It is not satisfied with explanation, with conclusions. Nor is it a mind that believes, because belief is again another form of conclusion.

--Bruce Lee

pink and white roses on white surface

The less confident we are in ourselves, the less we are in touch with ourselves and the world, the more we want to control.

--Bruce Lee

man facing women near forest

The word "superstar" is an ilusion.

--Bruce Lee

body of water

The success of an assailant's attack depends on surprise, and if you're sufficiently alert to prevent a surprise, your counterattack is already halfway to being successful.

--Bruce Lee

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.

--Bruce Lee

black and white butterfly on green leaf

Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.

--Bruce Lee

silhouette of hugging couple

If there is always light, you don't experience light anymore. You have to have the rhythm of light and darkness.

--Bruce Lee


man jumping on hill during golden hour

No matter what, you must let your inner
light guide you out of the darkness.

--Bruce Lee

green leaf

Satori -- in the awakening from a dream. Awakening and self-realization and seeing into one's own being -- these are synonymous.

--Bruce Lee

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

To be bound by traditional martial art style or styles is the way of the mindless, enslaved martial artist. But to be inspired by the traditional martial art and to achieve further heights is the way of genius.

--Bruce Lee

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

Don't ignore the five senses in search of a sixth.

--Bruce Lee

dome tent with galaxy with stars

Turn your sparring into play -- but always play seriously.

--Bruce Lee

orange lily in bloom close up photo

Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement. I'm still learning, for learning is boundless.

--Bruce Lee

blue and black abstract painting

Never try to copy a successful personality.

--Bruce Lee

green grass field

Go toward self-actualization rather than self-image actualization... Search within... for honest self- expression.

--Bruce Lee


calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

This achieving the center, being grounded in one's self, is about the highest state a human being can achieve.

--Bruce Lee


green trees under white sky during daytime

Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing.

--Bruce Lee

low-angle photography of green leaf tree

I create opportunities.

--Bruce Lee

pink rose in close up photography

Martial arts, like any art, is an unrestricted athletic expression of an individual soul.

--Bruce Lee

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

For something that is static, fixed, dead, there can be a way or a definite path; but not for anything that is moving and living.

--Bruce Lee

photo of brown parquet

My strength comes from my abdomen. It's the center of gravity and the source of real power.

--Bruce Lee

cluster of stars in the sky

I don't know what is the meaning of death, but I am not afraid to die -- and I go on, non-stop, going forward.

--Bruce Lee

blue textile on brown wooden table

If your opponent is at a distance, kick him in the groin. If he gets close, poke him in the eyes, bring up your knee, pop him with an elbow, dig a corkscrew punch to his stomach.

--Bruce Lee


photo of pine tree

What Is, is more important than What Should Be.

--Bruce Lee

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

To know, but to be as though not knowing, is the height of wisdom.

--Bruce Lee

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

A quality martial artist is always ready for any move, and trains oneself invincible.

--Bruce Lee


two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

One will never get any more than he thinks he can get.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

One will never get any more than he thinks he can get. YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. Look back and see your progress - damn the torpedo, full speed ahead!


empty seashore near high-rise building

An instructor should exemplify the things he seeks to teach. It will be of great advantage if you yourself can do all you ask of your students and more.

--Bruce Lee

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

I've come to understand that life is best lived, not conceptualized.

--Bruce Lee

solid background

The deluded mind is the mind affectively burdened by intellect. Thus, it cannot move without stopping and reflecting on itself. This obstructs its native fluidity.

--Bruce Lee

island during daytime

Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I'll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended.

--Bruce Lee

three clear glass cups

Every morning like a scholar at his first class I prepare a blank mind for the day to write upon.

--Bruce Lee


four wooden boat on teal sea

Get maximum effect from minimum effort.

--Bruce Lee

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

The poorer we are inwardly, the more we try to enrich ourselves outwardly.

--Bruce Lee

lights

After all, all knowledge simply means self knowledge.

--Bruce Lee

group of people waving their hands

The most dangerous person is the one who listens, thinks and observes.

--Bruce Lee


black and white rectangular frame

The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.

--Bruce Lee

grayscale photo of woman wearing collared shirt

Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-conciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.

--Bruce Lee

island during daytime

The more restricted a method, the lesser the opportunity for one's individual freedom of expression.

--Bruce Lee

pink petaled flower field

There's only one basic principle of self-defense- you must apply the most effective weapon, as soon as possible, to the most vulnerable target.

--Bruce Lee

green leaf in close up photography

All knowledge leads to self-knowledge.

--Bruce Lee

gray road beside a trees

Be like water, my friend.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

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.


blue white and red flag

Boards don't hit back.

--Bruce Lee

four wooden boat on teal sea

Evaluation by others is not a guide for me.

--Bruce Lee


close up shot of white flower

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

--Bruce Lee


woman wearing white dress

Running water never grows stale.

--Bruce Lee


closeup photo of white petaled flowers

Now I see that I will never find the light
Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel,
Consuming myself.

--Bruce Lee

blue sky with stars during night time

To see a thing uncolored by one's own personal preferences and desires is to see it in its own pristine simplicity.

--Bruce Lee


mountains with trees under white star at night

Action is a high road to self-confidence and esteem.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

Action is a high road to self-confidence and self-esteem.




round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

The more relaxed the muscles are, the more energy can flow through the body. Using muscular tensions to try to 'do' the punch or attempting to use brute force to knock someone over will only work to opposite effect.

--Bruce Lee

sunset

Understanding comes about through feeling, from moment to moment in the mirror of relationship.

--Bruce Lee

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

When you say that something is impossible, you have made it impossible.

--Bruce Lee

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

Meditation means to be free from all phenomena and calmness means to be internally unperturbed. There will be calmness when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed.

--Bruce Lee

person holding white book

I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers or leaves.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers or leaves. It is futile to argue as to which leaf, which design of branches, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all its blossoming.


silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Art lives where absolute freedom is, because where it is not, there can be no creativity.

--Bruce Lee

pink rose in close up photography

It doesn't matter you were born as Legend
But what does matter is Legendary End.
Think About It.

--Bruce Lee

2 people riding on boat during sunset

More and more I believe in the fact that you have two hands and two legs, and the thing is how to make good use of yourself -- and that's about it.

--Bruce Lee

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.

--Bruce Lee

beach during daytime

Understanding requires not just a moment of perception, but a continuous awareness, a continuous state of inquiry without conclusion.

--Bruce Lee

water drops on glass

To tolerate is to insult.

--Bruce Lee

closed white painted door with exit signage

If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow -- you are not understanding yourself.

--Bruce Lee

two persons holding each other hands

A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.

--Bruce Lee


photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

When one is not expressing himself, he is not free. thus, he begins to struggle and the struggle breeds methodical routine. Soon, he is doing his methodical routine as response rather than responding to what is.

--Bruce Lee

band performing on stage in front of people

Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine.

--Bruce Lee

white wall tiles

You and your opponent are one. There is a coexisting relationship between you. You coexist with your opponent and become his complement, absorbing his attack and using his force to overcome him.

--Bruce Lee

black mountain under blue sky during night time

I have always been a martial artist by choice, an actor by profession, but above all, am actualising myself to be an artist of life.

--Bruce Lee

coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

Believe me that in every big thing or achievement there are always obstacles-big or small- and the reaction one shows to such obstacles is what counts, not the obstacle itself.

--Bruce Lee


person in black and white mask

Instead of dedicating your life to actualize a concept of what you should be like, actualize yourself.

--Bruce Lee


pink flower

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

--Bruce Lee

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

Independent inquiry is needed in your search for truth, not dependence on anyone else's view or a mere book.

--Bruce Lee

blue and black abstract painting

When one has no form, one can be all forms.

--Bruce Lee

purple and black skies

People try to hold onto the sameness. This holding onto prevents growth.

--Bruce Lee


white-and-pink flowers

To be what I term a 'quality' human being one has to be transparently real and have the courage to be what he is.

--Bruce Lee


woman standing on sunflower field

Using no way as way. Having no limitation as your only limitation.

--Bruce Lee

blue and red bird during daytime

Take inventory of everyone with whom you have contact.

--Bruce Lee


blue and white striped textile

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward you goal.


group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime

A kung fu man lives without being dependant on the opinions of others, and a master, unlike the beginner, holds himself in reserve. He is quiet and unassuming, with no desire to show off.

--Bruce Lee


pink flowers in vase

Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural, skillfull, swift, and steady.

--Bruce Lee

raging waves through shores

Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.

--Bruce Lee


purple and black skies

Genius: The capacity to see and to express what is simple, simply!

--Bruce Lee

brown grass field during daytime

Let nature take its course and your tools will strike at the right moment.

--Bruce Lee

white and black boat on sea during daytime

Take what's useful, discard what is not.

--Bruce Lee


brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

A conditioned mind is never a free mind.

--Bruce Lee

pink cherry blossom tree under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Bruce Lee

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

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

--Bruce Lee

pink petaled flower field

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

person wearing Apple watch

To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself.

--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself. Now, it is very difficult to do. It has always been very easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, and be flooded with a cocky feeling and feel pretty cool and all that. I can make all kinds of phoney things. Blinded by it. Or I can show some really fancy movement. But to experience oneself honestly, not lying to oneself, and to express myself honestly, now that is very hard to do.


red rose in bloom during daytime

The primary Reality is not what I think, but that I live, for those also live who do not think.

--Bruce Lee


elephant play with brown sand

It's not what happens that counts... it's how you react.

--Bruce Lee

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

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

--Bruce Lee

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

But to those who kept saying
"It can't be done,"
Never are the victories
Or the honors won.
But, rather,
By the believing, doing kind,
While the doubters
Watched from far behind.

--Bruce Lee

closeup photo of sunflower

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

--Bruce Lee

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

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

--Bruce Lee

person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

Low aim, not failure, is the crime.

--Bruce Lee

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

Yielding will overcome anything superior to itself; its strength is boundless.

--Bruce Lee

red rose

Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible.

--Bruce Lee

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

Use karate, judo, aikido, or any style to build your counter-offensive. It will be interesting!

--Bruce Lee

clear hour glass with brown frame

I have the absolute confidence not to be number two, but then I have enough sense to realize that there can be no number one.

--Bruce Lee

minimalist photography of open door

The mind is like a fertile garden in which anything that is planted, flowers or weeds, will grow.

--Bruce Lee

four coffee cups on floor

The usefulness of a cup is its emptiness.

--Bruce Lee

yellow and white painted wall

The disease of philosophy. -- Philosophy is itself the disease for which it pretends to be the cure: the wise man does not pursue wisdom but lives his life, and therein precisely does his wisdom lie.

--Bruce Lee

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

Belts are only good for holding up your pants.

--Bruce Lee

worm's eye view of trees during night time

Remember, Life is a journey, not a destination.

--Bruce Lee




black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Don't pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

--Bruce Lee

houses and trees during nighttime

To express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself--that, my friend, is very hard to do.

--Bruce Lee

selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

Success means doing something sincerely and wholeheartedly.

--Bruce Lee

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

What is true stillness? Stillness in movement.

--Bruce Lee

landscape photography of road at savannah

Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

--Bruce Lee

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