Bruce Lee quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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Hong Kong and American actor, film director, philosopher, martial artist and much more. Lee Jun-fan or as everyone knows him as Bruce Lee is said to be the most influential martial artist of all time. His identity has become a pop culture icon and is credited for evaluating the presentation of Asians in American movies. Way of the Dragon, Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon changed the level of what a martial arts movie should be about in 1972. And Bruce Lee even directed one of them while starring in all three.

  • “As you think, so shall you become.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strange confidence.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Now I see that I will never find the light
    Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel,
    Consuming myself.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Be happy, but never satisfied.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points.”
    ― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
  • “Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I’ll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural, skillfull, swift, and steady.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strange confidence.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity–Bruce Lee”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Don’t fear failure…in great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “The more restricted a method, the lesser the opportunity for one’s individual freedom of expression.”
    ― Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee: Artist of Life
  • “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.”
    ― Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon: An Anthology of Bruce Lee’s Correspondence with Family, Friends, and Fans 1958-1973
  • “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that 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, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
  • “The More we value things, the less we value ourselves”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “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!!”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “If you always put limits 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
  • “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”
    ― Bruce Lee
  • “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
    ― 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

After researching the man, it is clear to me now that the martial artist was a creative philosopher as well. Like all artists and creators, he died young at the age of 32. He is amazing to play as in the video game UFC 2 and he also wrote a lot of his own poetry. His legacy will live on forever!

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