“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” Here are 40 Inspirational Bruce Lee Quotes.

Bruce Lee Quotes

1. “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

2. “The world is full of people who are determined to be somebody or to give trouble. They want to get ahead, to stand out. Such ambition has no use for a gung fu man, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition.”- Bruce Lee

3. “Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.”- Bruce Lee

4. “After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge.”- Bruce Lee

5. “Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.”- Bruce Lee

6. “Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing.”- Bruce Lee

7. “Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man etc. Then he becomes a slave to the pattern and takes the pattern to be the real thing.”- Bruce Lee

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

9. “Endurance is lost rapidly if one ceases to work at its maximum.”- Bruce Lee

10. “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

Bruce Lee Quotes

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

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

13. “The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.”- Bruce Lee

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

15. “It’s like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”- Bruce Lee

16. “The second-hand artist blindly following his sensei or sifu accepts his pattern. As a result, his action is and, more importantly, his thinking become mechanical. His responses become automatic, according to set patterns, making him narrow and limited.”- Bruce Lee

17. “Learning is never cumulative; it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.”- Bruce Lee

18. “Remember, no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.”- Bruce Lee

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

20. “Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. The aim of art is not the one-sided promotion of spirit, soul and senses, but the opening of all human capacities – thought, feeling, will – to the life rhythm of the world of nature. So will the voiceless voice be heard and the self be brought into harmony with it.”- Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quotes

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

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

23. “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

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

25. “The word ‘superstar’ is an illusion.”– Bruce Lee

26. “One should be in harmony with, not in opposition to, the strength and force of the opposition. This means that one should do nothing that is not natural or spontaneous; the important thing is not to strain in any way.”- Bruce Lee

27. “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.”- Bruce Lee

28. “What is” is more important than ‘what should be.’ Too many people are looking at ‘what is’ from a position of thinking ‘what should be’.”- Bruce Lee

29. “The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.” – Bruce Lee

30. “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.”– Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quotes

31. “Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.”– Bruce Lee

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

33. “Be self-aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”– Bruce Lee

34. “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.”– Bruce Lee

35. “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

36. “I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself.”– Bruce Lee

37. “Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible. It is being “wholly” and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.”– Bruce Lee

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

39. “The knowledge and skills you have achieved are meant to be forgotten so you can float comfortably in emptiness, without obstruction.”– Bruce Lee

40. “In order to taste my cup of water, you must first empty your cup.” – Bruce Lee

Best Bruce Lee Quotes

“Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.”– Bruce Lee
“The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”– Bruce Lee
“What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”– Bruce Lee

Ian Warner

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I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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