“When your temper rises, lower your fists. When your fists rise, lower your temper.” - Here are 24 Best Mr. Miyagi Quotes That Will Inspire and Motivate You.

Mr. Miyagi Quotes

1. “To make honey, a young bee needs a young flower, not an old prune.” - Mr. Miyagi

2. “First, we’ll make a sacred pact. I promise to teach you karate. That is my part. You promise to learn. I say you do, no questions. That is your part.”- Mr. Miyagi

3. “Just remember, (a driving) license can never replace eyes, ears, and a brain.”- Mr. Miyagi

4. “You trust the quality of what you know, not quantity.”- Mr. Miyagi

5. “If the root is strong, the tree will survive.”- Mr. Miyagi

6. “Never trust a spiritual leader who cannot dance.”- Mr. Miyagi

The Karate Kid

Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), an unassuming repairman who just happens

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Mr. Miyagi Quotes

7. “It’s okay to lose to an opponent. It’s never okay to lose to fear.”- Mr. Miyagi

8. “Fighting is always the last answer to the problem.”- Mr. Miyagi

9. “The answer is only important if you ask the right question.”- Mr. Miyagi

10. “Never put passion in front of principle. Even if you win, you’ll lose.”- Mr. Miyagi

11. “Fighting is not good. But if you must fight — win.”- Mr. Miyagi

12. “A lie becomes the truth only if the person wants to believe it.”- Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi Quotes

13. “A man who can catch a fly with a chopstick can accomplish anything.”- Mr. Miyagi

14. “Use focus! Your best karate is still inside. Now it’s time to let it out!- Mr. Miyagi

15. “There’s no such thing as a bad student, only a bad teacher. The teacher says the students do.”- Mr. Miyagi

16. “In Okinawa, a belt means you don’t need a rope to hold your pants up. Daniel-san, karate is here [taps his head]. Karate is here [taps his heart]. Karate is never here [points to his belt]. Understand?”- Mr. Miyagi

17. “Walk on road, hmm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later… get squished just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do “yes” or karate do “no.” You karate do “guess so,” (get squished) just like grape.”- Mr. Miyagi

18. “For a man with no forgiveness in his heart, life is a worse punishment than death.”- Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi Quotes

19. “Only root karate comes from Miyagi. Just like a bonsai chooses its own way to grow because the root is strong; you can choose your own way to do karate for the same reason.”- Mr. Miyagi

20. “Here are the 2 Rules of Miyagi-Ryu Karate. Rule number 1: ‘Karate for defense only.’ Rule number 2: ‘First learn rule number 1.’”- Mr. Miyagi

21. “Sometimes, what the heart knows, the head forgets.”- Mr. Miyagi

22. “First learn to stand, then learn to fly. Nature’s rules Daniel-san, not mine.”- Mr. Miyagi

23. “Daniel-san, you’re looking for revenge. The way you start is by digging two graves!”- Mr. Miyagi

24. “The lesson is not just for karate only. The lesson is for the whole life. If your whole life has balance, everything will be better.”- Mr. Miyagi

25. “If karate is used to defend honor, defend life — karate means something. If karate is used to defend a plastic metal trophy — karate doesn't mean anything.”- Mr. Miyagi

26. “If it comes from inside you, it’s always the right one.”- Mr. Miyagi

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Best of Mr. Miyagi Quotes Quotes

“It’s okay to lose to an opponent. It’s never okay to lose to fear.”
“Never put passion in front of principle. Even if you win, you’ll lose.”
“A lie becomes the truth only if the person wants to believe it.”

Ian Warmer

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Ian Warner has spent over 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete. He went on to become an All-American sprinter at Iowa State, and he represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics. Ian founded Habit Stacker and dedicated his life to helping people to develop winning habits.

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