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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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30 Most Famous Quotes of All Time to Motivate You

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It seems in the last decade or so, motivational quotes and inspirational quotes are front and center on Facebook and Instagram feeds. It’s no wonder why. They really do have that impactful kick to make you get up and do stuff!

I know for me, it was all these quotes that I kept reading that:

  • pushed me out of my comfort zone
  • gave me courage to smash goals
  • helped me believe in myself
  • soothed my broken heart sometimes
  • helped me out of rock bottom, and
  • kept me strong in times of trouble

Legends like Les Brown, Joel Brown and Tony Robbins motivated the crap out of me. I stayed strong and focused because of their powerful words. I mean, they did quote all these inspirational words to motivate us, no?

Of course they did. So I’ve searched high and low for the best and most empowering famous quotes of all time in hopes they inspire you like they did me. 

Do quotes really help?

The answer is yes and no. No they won’t work if you read them, brush them off and never feel the power of their words.

Yes they will work if you make them work for you and you want them too. Quotes are like affirmations. Many of us recant affirmations either as part of our morning routine, evening routine or just whenever we need a boost. 

When you read them and repeat them out loud and feel each and every word in every ounce of your being, they work!! Besides, I’m living proof they help. Empowering quotes have helped me out of rock bottom twice, depression a few times, and helped me smash and achieve goals. 

So yes, they work. And these most famous quotes I’ve chosen are famous for a reason. They have inspired, motivated and empowered millions of people around the world to chase their dreams, believe in themselves and never give up. 

Without further ado…

10 famous quotes on taking action and not giving up

1. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney

2. Anybody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death. ~Jen Sincero

3. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way, you’re right. ~Henry Ford

4. The woman I am today would like to thank the woman I was 5 years ago for not giving up. You’re awesome. ~Iva Ursano

5. I’ll try is the battle cry of wimps. ~Tony Robbins

6. You must be the change you wish to see in the world ~Ghandi

7. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~Mother Teresa

8. Those who dare to fail miserably, can achieve greatly. ~John Kennedy

9. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~Dalai Lama

10. I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage, or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. ~Brené Brown

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11. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~Maya Angelou

12. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

13. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu

14. The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~Buddha

15. Everything you do and every decision you make should be from a place of good. You should always be striving to make the world a better place. ~Les Brown

16. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~Mae West

17. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. ~Paulo Coelho

18. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~Franklin D.Roosevelt

19. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. ~Napoleon Hill

20. Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw

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21. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain

22. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

23. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr

24. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. ~Nelson Mandela

25. If you surround yourself with positive people who build you up, the sky’s the limit. ~Joel Brown

26. Tough times never last but tough people do. ~Robert H. Schuller

27. You miss 100% of the shots you never take. ~Wayne Gretzky

28. If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

29. I have not failed. I just found 10,000 that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison

30. Often our most rewarding dreams are staring us right in the face but for some reason we focus on how hard things are, how we are scared of the unknown and what would happen if we failed. ~Joel Brown

Write them out!

I always tell people to write that out and stick it in a place you will see it and read it everyday. That’s how quotes work. 

My favourite famous quote of all time and one you should read over and over again, Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right. Read that when self doubt creeps in. 

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