Bruce Lee still amazes people today, decades after his death. His physical strength and speed along with a sharp wit and a unique approach that transcended training and applied to all of life make him a one-of-a-kind person.
Today we’re sharing our top 10 Bruce Lee quotes that not only will help you in any fitness or training goals you may have, but that will also apply to other areas of your life: business, school, and beyond. You’ll be ready to face all challenges after this inspiration.
Top 10 Bruce Lee Quotes
1: “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
Well said, Bruce. There always are times in life when we must bend or be broken. What matters is how we spring back upright when the difficulty passes.
2: “The possession of anything begins in the mind.”
No matter our goal, our mind is our most powerful tool. Use it fully.
3: “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
Without knowing where you hope to end up, how can you judge your progress?
4: “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
Action is the ultimate aim of thought. Wise words from the master of speed.
5: “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.”
Bruce Lee is a personified lesson on the value of focus; he chose a focus, and devoted his entire life to that focus. In this way he became a legend.
6: “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
How many people waste away their lives filling their time with trivial things and trivial people? Don’t be one of those people.
7: “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.”
Again Bruce Lee nails it. As a professional athlete, he must have hit — and figured out how to surpass — many plateaus in his career. Each time you hit a barrier, there is a way around it.
8: “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
Bruce Lee was not just a talented martial artist and philosopher; he also was a great person. Quotes like this explain why. Never let yourself get lost in ego or let your goals suppress who you really are.
9: “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
Most people don’t understand that admitting mistakes is a form of strength. Only by honestly looking backwards and reflecting on what we have done right — and wrong — can we make the right decisions in the future.
Bruce Lee lived a life with purpose and conviction. It was not easy, but because he approached his life with a good attitude and positive energy, he was able to persevere — at least, until his life was tragically cut short. Rest in peace, Bruce. Your wisdom lives on in these Bruce Lee quotes!