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36 Motivational Bruce Lee Quotes




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Martial artist, actor, instructor, filmmaker and philanthropist, the legendary Bruce Lee was arguably the most influential martial artist of all time.

Bruce Lee’s appearance in films such as Enter the Dragon made him an iconic figure throughout the world, popularising Hong Kong martial artists in the Western World and beyond. Many have also credited him as the man who changed the way Asians were presented in Hollywood, and Lee was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

All of this was achieved in spite of his unfortunate death at the age of 32 in 1973.

Ruthlessly dedicated, composed and focused, Lee’s philosophy of life was impregnated with traditional Confucian principles, and his wisdom ought to be applied by anyone seeking to live a daring, purposeful life.

Here are 36 timeless Bruce Lee quotes that will challenge you to live an incredible life.

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

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

“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 its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.”- Bruce Lee

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

“If you always put limit 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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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


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“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.”   – Bruce Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own”  – Bruce Lee

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

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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

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

What was your favorite Bruce Lee quote? Comment below!

Sebastian is an ambitious, self-starting and confident Bachelor of Business Studies Graduate from Trinity College Dublin with a specialty in advertising and marketing. He is also an avid reader of self development books.



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    Steven Dovak

    Oct 9, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Bruce Lee is a legend! With its speed, even now, no one can reach this level.

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    Toilet Seat Guru

    Oct 7, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Be happy, but never satisfied. It’ll change your life. Sick list of quotes!

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    Malcolm Q

    Sep 28, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Sanks Sebastian for sharing Bruce Lee’s motivational quotes! They are amazing

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    lee samupindi

    Jul 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Bruce Lee is the legend of all time.l just enjoy his quotes!

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    Quinton abrahams

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    This man,..Bruce Lee, was the master of disaster, the king of sting, and the muscles of Brussels !..
    Rest in peace hero !’ve done some great work for your life and success !..
    Will always be remembered, and I’m still inspired by your wisdom and teachings !

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    Kamal Gill

    Apr 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Great list of quotes. Most people I know seem to forget that Bruce Lee was not just a martial artist. He was also a great philosopher. Thanks for the good read!

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    Feb 23, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Thank you Sebastian for sharing this great list of some of Bruce Lee’s profound quotes! He inspired me then and because of you I’m inspired once again because of you both!

    Cheers and many Thanks


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    Trevor Freeman

    Oct 24, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Bruce lee is the kind. I visited his grave in Seattle last month, what an incredible place.

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    Harish davgan

    May 17, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    my god!! Great stuff

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    May 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    THis is very deep really good quotes, i just have no words to express

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    May 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I had changed my life after listting broucelee

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    Nov 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I salute the Master, the Legend I must say some of the Quotes really relate to me

    Thank You

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    Oct 29, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Learning again
    What I recall Master Bruce telling me,
    from beyond the Grave.

    Thank You, Master.

    I remember. And I shall seek again,
    like a man starved, yet full,
    inquisitive, yet knowing
    and Patient, yet firm and Assertive.

    Move like the water.

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    Oct 15, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Not failure, but low aim, is the crime…… I wonder what he might say in 2015 🙁 #Rip

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    Oct 13, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Bruce Lee has some of my all-time time favourite quotes! Geat list. 🙂

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