Bruce Lee Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Bruce Lee quotes and Bruce Lee sayings, and Bruce Lee proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Hong Kong and American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, philosopher, and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do, one of the wushu or kungfu styles. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-chuen.

"Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system."

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

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

"To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is."

"Obey the principles without being bound by them."

"As you think, so shall you become."

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

"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."

"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."

"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities."

"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering."

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

"Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential."

"Real living is living for others."

"The possession of anything begins in the mind."

"Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick."

"A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer."

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

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

"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."

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

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

"Simplicity is the key to brilliance."

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

"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."

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

"It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials."

"I did what I came here to do. What I’ve done I’ve done with sincerity and to the best of my ability. You can’t expect much more from life."

"If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you."

"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"

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