ᐅ169+ Best Bruce Lee Quotes ("Be Like Water, My Friend")

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced

"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

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

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

“Are you going to let the obstacles in your life be stumbling blocks or stepping stones? Choose

"Are you going to let the obstacles in your life be stumbling blocks or stepping stones? Choose the positive. You are the master of your attitude." ~ Bruce Lee

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”

"Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own." ~ Bruce Lee

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”

"Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one" ~ Bruce Lee

“Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability

"Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine." ~ Bruce Lee

“Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.”

"Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity." ~ Bruce Lee

“In order to realize our true self we must be willing to live without being dependent upon

"In order to realize our true self we must be willing to live without being dependent upon the opinion of others." ~ Bruce Lee

“When you say that something is impossible, you have made it impossible.”

"When you say that something is impossible, you have made it impossible." ~ Bruce Lee

“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes

"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." ~ Bruce Lee

“Everyone wants to learn how to win, but no one wants to learn how to accept defeat.”

"Everyone wants to learn how to win, but no one wants to learn how to accept defeat." ~ Bruce Lee

“In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.”

"In the middle of chaos lies opportunity." ~ Bruce Lee

“Emotion can be the enemy, if you give into your emotion, you lose yourself. You must be

"Emotion can be the enemy, if you give into your emotion, you lose yourself. You must be at one with your emotion, because the body always follows the mind." ~ Bruce Lee

“Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious

"Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail." ~ Bruce Lee

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

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

“If you knew you had to fight for your life tomorrow, would you change your

"If you knew you had to fight for your life tomorrow, would you change your training today?" ~ Bruce Lee

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

"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of." ~ Bruce Lee

“Every man today is the result of his thoughts yesterday.”

"Every man today is the result of his thoughts yesterday." ~ Bruce Lee

“Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.”

"Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning." ~ Bruce Lee

“Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll make it impossible.

"Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed." ~ Bruce Lee

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for

"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." ~ Bruce Lee

“Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive

"Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success." ~ Bruce Lee

“The mind is like a fertile garden in which anything that is planted, flowers or weeds,

"The mind is like a fertile garden in which anything that is planted, flowers or weeds, will grow." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"Only the self-sufficient stand alone - most people follow the crowd and imitate." ~ Bruce Lee

“Knowing is not enough, You must apply”

"Knowing is not enough, You must apply" ~ Bruce Lee

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

"Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light." ~ Bruce Lee

“The change is from inner to outer. We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering

"The change is from inner to outer. We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions." ~ Bruce Lee

“Emptiness the starting point. — In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your

"Emptiness the starting point. — In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty." ~ Bruce Lee

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

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

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

"If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done." ~ Bruce Lee

“Be a calm beholder of what is happening around you.”

"Be a calm beholder of what is happening around you." ~ Bruce Lee

“The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.”

"The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing." ~ Bruce Lee

“When you feel pain, you know that you are still alive.”

"When you feel pain, you know that you are still alive." ~ Bruce Lee

“Pain is weakness leaving your body.”

"Pain is weakness leaving your body." ~ Bruce Lee

“Loneliness is only an opportunity to cut adrift and find yourself. In solitude you are least alone.

"Loneliness is only an opportunity to cut adrift and find yourself. In solitude you are least alone." ~ Bruce Lee

“Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in man.”

"Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in man." ~ Bruce Lee

“There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond

"There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." ~ Bruce Lee

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to

"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

“Success is not in reaching the destination, but in making the journey.”

"Success is not in reaching the destination, but in making the journey." ~ Bruce Lee

“Art is never decoration, embellishment; instead, it is work of enlightenment. Art, in other words

"Art is never decoration, embellishment; instead, it is work of enlightenment. Art, in other words, is a technique for acquiring liberty." ~ Bruce Lee

“There’s only one basic principle of self-defense- you must apply the most effective weapon

"There’s only one basic principle of self-defense- you must apply the most effective weapon, as soon as possible, to the most vulnerable target." ~ Bruce Lee

“Sorrows are our best educator. A man can see further through a tear than a telescope.”

"Sorrows are our best educator. A man can see further through a tear than a telescope." ~ Bruce Lee

“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”

"Showing off is the fool's idea of glory." ~ Bruce Lee

“What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”

"What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become." ~ Bruce Lee

“Flow in the living moment – We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed.”

"Flow in the living moment - We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed." ~ Bruce Lee

“Dedication, absolute dedication, is what keeps one ahead!”

"Dedication, absolute dedication, is what keeps one ahead!" ~ Bruce Lee

"Put 'going the extra mile' to work as part of one's daily habit" ~ Bruce Lee

“People try to hold onto the sameness. This holding onto prevents growth.”

"People try to hold onto the sameness. This holding onto prevents growth." ~ Bruce Lee

“One great cause of failure is lack of concentration.”

"One great cause of failure is lack of concentration." ~ Bruce Lee

“If you make an ass out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you.”

"If you make an ass out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you." ~ Bruce Lee

“Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.”

"Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged." ~ Bruce Lee

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object

"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves." ~ Bruce Lee

“Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural

"Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural, skillfull, swift, and steady." ~ Bruce Lee

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives

"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind." ~ Bruce Lee

“Learning is a constant process of discovery – a process without end.”

"Learning is a constant process of discovery - a process without end." ~ Bruce Lee

“The three most difficult things in life are: 1. To keep a secret. 2. To forget an injury.

"The three most difficult things in life are: 1. To keep a secret. 2. To forget an injury. 3. To make good use of leisure." ~ Bruce Lee

“The poorer we are inwardly, the more we try to

"The poorer we are inwardly, the more we try to enrich ourselves outwardly." ~ Bruce Lee

"Understanding requires not just a moment of perception, but a continuous awareness, a continuous state of inquiry without conclusion" ~ Bruce Lee

“You must accept the fact that there is no help but self-help. I cannot tell you how

"You must accept the fact that there is no help but self-help. I cannot tell you how to gain freedom since freedom exists within you." ~ Bruce Lee

“To me defeat in anything is merely temporary. Defeat simply tells me that something

"To me defeat in anything is merely temporary. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth." ~ Bruce Lee

“In building a statue, a sculptor doesn’t keep adding clay to his subject. Actually

"In building a statue, a sculptor doesn't keep adding clay to his subject. Actually, he keeps chiseling away at the nonessentials until the truth of his creation is revealed without obstruction." ~ Bruce Lee

“The highest technique is to have no technique. My technique is a result

"The highest technique is to have no technique. My technique is a result of your technique; my movement is a result of your movement." ~ Bruce Lee

“Without frustration you will not discover that you might be able to do something

"Without frustration you will not discover that you might be able to do something on your own. We grow through conflict." ~ Bruce Lee

"The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues." ~ Bruce Lee

“Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.

"Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal." ~ Bruce Lee

“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”

"Simplicity is the key to brilliance." ~ Bruce Lee

“The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead

"The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead -- big possibilities. Like the song says, We've just begun." ~ Bruce Lee

“Success means doing something sincerely and wholeheartedly.”

"Success means doing something sincerely and wholeheartedly." ~ Bruce Lee

“Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they

"Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strange confidence." ~ Bruce Lee

“To become a champion requires a good mental attitude toward preparation.

"To become a champion requires a good mental attitude toward preparation. You have to accept the most tedious task with pleasure." ~ Bruce Lee

“To understand your fear is the beginning of really seeing.”

"To understand your fear is the beginning of really seeing." ~ Bruce Lee

“To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From

"To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old', you derive security; from the 'new', you gain the flow." ~ Bruce Lee

“If you want to learn to swim you have to throw yourself in the water.”

"If you want to learn to swim you have to throw yourself in the water." ~ Bruce Lee

“Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”

"Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality." ~ Bruce Lee

“Out of chaos, find simplicity, From discord, find harmony.”

"Out of chaos, find simplicity, From discord, find harmony." ~ Bruce Lee

“Your state of mind is everything.”

"Your state of mind is everything." ~ Bruce Lee

“The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”

"The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits." ~ Bruce Lee

"Obey the principles without being bound by them." ~ Bruce Lee

“The past is no more; the future not yet. Nothing exists except the here and now.

"The past is no more; the future not yet. Nothing exists except the here and now. Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at our hands." ~ Bruce Lee

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else.

"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." ~ Bruce Lee

"Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo." ~ Bruce Lee

“No matter what, you must let your inner light guide you out of the darkness.”

"No matter what, you must let your inner light guide you out of the darkness." ~ Bruce Lee

“We shall find the answer when we examine the problem, the problem is never

"We shall find the answer when we examine the problem, the problem is never apart from the answer, the problem IS the answer, understanding the problem dissolves the problem." ~ Bruce Lee

“I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged.”

"I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged." ~ Bruce Lee

“Believe me that in every big thing or achievement there are always obstacles-big

"Believe me that in every big thing or achievement there are always obstacles-big or small- and the reaction one shows to such obstacles is what counts, not the obstacle itself." ~ Bruce Lee

“As you think, you shall become”

"As you think, you shall become" ~ Bruce Lee

“With every adversity comes a blessing because a shock acts as a reminder

"With every adversity comes a blessing because a shock acts as a reminder to oneself that we must not get stale in routine." ~ Bruce Lee

"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

“Stop wasting time in playing a role or a concept. Instead, learn to ACTUALIZE

"Stop wasting time in playing a role or a concept. Instead, learn to ACTUALIZE YOURSELF, your potential." ~ Bruce Lee

“The possession of anything begins in the mind.”

"The possession of anything begins in the mind." ~ Bruce Lee

“The essence of fighting is the art of moving at the right time.”

"The essence of fighting is the art of moving at the right time." ~ Bruce Lee

“Its not what happens that counts… It’s how you react.”

"Its not what happens that counts... It's how you react." ~ Bruce Lee

“Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.”

"Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today." ~ Bruce Lee

“Anxiety is the gap between the NOW and the THEN. So if you are in the NOW

"Anxiety is the gap between the NOW and the THEN. So if you are in the NOW, you can't be anxious, because your excitement flows immediately into ongoing spontaneous activity." ~ Bruce Lee

“He who wants to succeed should learn how to fight, to strive and to suffer. You

"He who wants to succeed should learn how to fight, to strive and to suffer. You can acquire a lot in life, if you are prepared to give up a lot to get it." ~ Bruce Lee

"I believe in teaching just a few students, as teaching requires a constant alert observation on each individual in order to establish a direct relationship. A good teacher cannot be fixed in a routine, and many are just that. During teaching, each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting." ~ Bruce Lee

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

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

“You will never learn anything new unless you are ready to accept yourself with your limitations.

"You will never learn anything new unless you are ready to accept yourself with your limitations. You must accept the fact that you are capable in some directions and limited in others, and you must develop your capabilities." ~ Bruce Lee

“Observe what is with undivided awareness.”

"Observe what is with undivided awareness." ~ Bruce Lee

“Give recognition where it is due. Compliments stimulate more effort and desire to

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

"Everybody has to think for himself. A right way for a big man may not be a right way for a small man. A right way for someone who is slow may not be a right way for someone who is quick. Each person must understand his weaknesses and his strengths." ~ Bruce Lee

“You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come

"You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession." ~ Bruce Lee

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

"It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." ~ Bruce Lee

"Art requires imagination. It requires Creativity. Creativity requires experience and experience comes from your life. And your life is expressed in your art." ~ Bruce Lee

“Genius: The capacity to see and to express what is simple, simply!”

"Genius: The capacity to see and to express what is simple, simply!" ~ Bruce Lee

"I'm moving and not moving at all. I'm like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking. It is not, "I am doing this," but rather, an inner realization that "this is happening through me," or "it is doing this for me." The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action." ~ Bruce Lee

"Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up - it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not." ~ Bruce Lee

“To be honest to oneself, and that is very hard to do.”

"To be honest to oneself, and that is very hard to do." ~ Bruce Lee

"As long as I can remember I feel I have had this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this dominating force which I hold in my hand." ~ Bruce Lee

“It is not what happens that is success or failure, but what it does to the heart of man.

"It is not what happens that is success or failure, but what it does to the heart of man." ~ Bruce Lee

“Be happy, but never satisfied.”

"Be happy, but never satisfied." ~ Bruce Lee

"Ultimately the greatest help is self-help." ~ Bruce Lee

“Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought

"Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them." ~ Bruce Lee

"Because of styles people are separated. Research your own experience, absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own." ~ Bruce Lee

"For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime." ~ Bruce Lee

"Don't ignore the five senses in search of a sixth." ~ Bruce Lee

"To be what I term a 'quality' human being one has to be transparently real and have the courage to be what he is." ~ Bruce Lee

"Be a practical dreamer backed by action." ~ Bruce Lee

"The more aware you become, the more you shed from day to day what you have learned so that your mind is always fresh and uncontaminated by previous conditioning." ~ Bruce Lee

"If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help." ~ Bruce Lee

"Self-Conquest is the greatest of victories. Mighty is he who conquers himself." ~ Bruce Lee

"I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude." ~ Bruce Lee

"Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment." ~ Bruce Lee

"You have to create your own luck. You have to be aware of the opportunities around you and take advantage of them." ~ Bruce Lee

"Evaluation by others is not a guide for me." ~ Bruce Lee

"When we suddenly awake to the realization that there is no barrier, and never has been, one realizes that one is all things mountains, rivers, grasses, trees, sun, moon, stars, universe are all oneself. There is no longer a division or barrier between myself and others, no longer any feeling of alienation or fear there is nothing apart from oneself and therefore nothing to fear. Realizing this results in true compassion. Other people and things are not seen as apart from oneself but, on the contrary, as one's own body." ~ Bruce Lee

"Defense is attack, attack is defense, each being the cause and result of the other." ~ Bruce Lee

"Have no rigid system in you, and you'll be flexible to change with the ever changing." ~ Bruce Lee

"I'm a philosophy major. That means I can think deep thoughts about being unemployed." ~ Bruce Lee

"You will never get any more out of this life than you expect." ~ Bruce Lee

"A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough." ~ Bruce Lee

"Since life is an ever evolving process, one should flow in this process and discover how to actualize and expand oneself." ~ Bruce Lee

"Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality." ~ Bruce Lee

"Faith is a state of mind that can be conditioned through self-discipline. Faith will accomplish." ~ Bruce Lee

"Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves. This difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization is very important. Most people live only for their image" ~ Bruce Lee

"The highest art is no art. The best form is no form." ~ 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

"Simplicity of expression rather than complexity of form." ~ Bruce Lee

"In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature." ~ Bruce Lee

"To be bound by traditional martial art style or styles is the way of the mindless, enslaved martial artist. But to be inspired by the traditional martial art and to achieve further heights is the way of genius." ~ Bruce Lee

"Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect." ~ Bruce Lee

"It's not what you give, it's the way you give it." ~ Bruce Lee

"Low aim, not failure, is the crime." ~ Bruce Lee

"I've come to understand that life is best lived, not conceptualized." ~ Bruce Lee

"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." ~ Bruce Lee

"If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today." ~ Bruce Lee

"When one has no form, one can be all forms." ~ Bruce Lee

"Live a life worth remembering." ~ Bruce Lee

"The usefulness of the cup is its emptiness." ~ Bruce Lee

"What is true stillness? Stillness in movement." ~ Bruce Lee

"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities." ~ Bruce Lee

“If you want to be immortal live a life worth remembering”

"If you want to be immortal live a life worth remembering" ~ Bruce Lee

"We are told that talent creates opportunity, yet it is desire that creates talent." ~ Bruce Lee

"To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever." ~ Bruce Lee

"Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousn ess." ~ Bruce Lee

"The truth is outside of all fixed patterns." ~ Bruce Lee

"Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man's mind can conceive and believe." ~ Bruce Lee

"A person cannot forget someone who is good to them." ~ Bruce Lee

"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." ~ Bruce Lee

"In life, what more can you ask for than to be real?" ~ Bruce Lee

"Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it." ~ Bruce Lee

"One must be truthful and honest in his approach; a constant independent inquiry and not blindly following a certain blue print laid down by others" ~ Bruce Lee

"A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence." ~ Bruce Lee

“People fear what they do not understand.”

"People fear what they do not understand." ~ Bruce Lee

"We do not become. We simply are." ~ Bruce Lee

"Do not have an attitude, open yourself and focus yourself and express yourself. Reject external form that fails to express internal reality." ~ Bruce Lee

"Once I slow down because I think I have reached my peak, then my skills will go nowhere but down" ~ Bruce Lee

"Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend." ~ Bruce Lee

"Get maximum effect from minimum effort." ~ Bruce Lee

"I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowled" ~ Bruce Lee

"One rule is to not use complicated techniques unless they are necessary to achieve your goal. First, use simple movements, and if they don't work, then introduce the more complex ones." ~ Bruce Lee

"A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard." ~ Bruce Lee

"Humility forms the basis of honor, just as the low ground forms the foundation of a high elevation." ~ Bruce Lee

"I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude." ~ Bruce Lee

"The More we value things, the less we value ourselves" ~ Bruce Lee

"Know the difference between a catastrophe and an inconvenience." ~ Bruce Lee

"To tolerate is to insult." ~ Bruce Lee

"False teachers of the Way of life use flowery words." ~ Bruce Lee

"Love is like a friendship caught on fire." ~ Bruce Lee

"Remember my friend to enjoy your planning as well as your accomplishment, for life is too short for negative energy." ~ Bruce Lee

"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water." ~ Bruce Lee

"I have the absolute confidence not to be number two, but then I have enough sense to realize that there can be no number one." ~ Bruce Lee

"But to those who kept saying "It can't be done," Never are the victories Or the honors won. But, rather, By the believing, doing kind, While the doubters Watched from far behind." ~ Bruce Lee

"Real living is living for others." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"If you want to do your duty properly, you should do just a little more than that." ~ Bruce Lee

"Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it." ~ Bruce Lee

"What can you take from me which is not already yours?" ~ Bruce Lee

“What Is, is more important than What Should Be.”

"What Is, is more important than What Should Be." ~ Bruce Lee

"True refinement seeks simplicity." ~ Bruce Lee

"I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies." ~ Bruce Lee

"A martial artist has to take responsibility for himself and accept the consequences of his own doing." ~ Bruce Lee

"Turn your sparring into play - but always play seriously." ~ Bruce Lee

"Zen is not “attained” by mirror-wiping mediation, but by “self-forgetfulness in the existential 'present' of life here and now.” We do not “come”, we “are.” Don't strive to become, but be." ~ Bruce Lee

"Learning is definitely not mere imitation, nor is it the ability to accumulate and regurgitate fixed knowledge. Learning is a constant process of discovery - a process without end." ~ Bruce Lee

"Through my own observations. I am convinced that an absolutely honest and direct inquiry into oneself will lead to understanding." ~ Bruce Lee

"Fluidity is the way to an empty mind. You must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying." ~ Bruce Lee

"A good teacher can never be fixed in a routine... each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting. A teacher must never impose this student to fit his favourite pattern; a good teacher functions as a pointer, exposing his student's vulnerability and causing him to explore both internally and finally integrating himself with his being. Martial art should not be passed out indiscriminately." ~ Bruce Lee

"We should devote ourselves to being self-sufficient and must not depend upon the external ratings by others for our happiness." ~ Bruce Lee

“There are no limits. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”

"There are no limits. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level." ~ Bruce Lee

“To take responsibility for one’s own actions, good and bad, is something else.”

"To take responsibility for one's own actions, good and bad, is something else." ~ Bruce Lee

"Every morning like a scholar at his first class I prepare a blank mind for the day to write upon." ~ Bruce Lee

"The meaning of life is that it is to be lived." ~ Bruce Lee

"Instead of dedicating your life to actualize a concept of what you should be like, actualize yourself." ~ Bruce Lee

"Let the spirit out - Discard all thoughts of reward, all hopes of praise and fears of blame, all awareness of one's bodily self. And, finally closing the avenues of sense perception, let the spirit out, as it will." ~ Bruce Lee

"A good fighter must sense rather than perceive his chance to strike." ~ Bruce Lee

"Take inventory of everyone with whom you have contact." ~ Bruce Lee

“Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.

"Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind." ~ Bruce Lee

"A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract; and when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, "I" do not hit, "it" hits all by itself." ~ Bruce Lee

"Martial arts, like any art, is an unrestricted athletic expression of an individual soul." ~ Bruce Lee

"To live is to express oneself freely" ~ Bruce Lee

"We have more faith in what we imitate than in what we create" ~ Bruce Lee

"You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession. For instance, if a man has decided that he is going to bite off your nose no matter what happens to him in the process, the chances are he will succeed in doing it. He may be severely beaten up, too, but that will not stop him from carrying out his objective. That is the real fighter." ~ Bruce Lee

"It is better to live as a broken piece of jade, than to live as a useless clay." ~ Bruce Lee

"I am not afraid of a person who knows 10000 kicks. But I am afraid of a person who knows one kick but practices it for 10000 times." ~ Bruce Lee

"We have great work ahead of us, and it needs devotion and much, much energy. To grow, to discover, we need involvement, which is something I experience every day - sometimes good, sometimes frustrating. No matter what, you must let your inner light guide you out of the darkness." ~ Bruce Lee

“All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge.”

"All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge." ~ Bruce Lee

"Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I'll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended." ~ Bruce Lee

"The deluded mind is the mind affectively burdened by intellect. Thus, it cannot move without stopping and reflecting on itself. This obstructs its native fluidity." ~ Bruce Lee

"True observation begins when devoid of set patterns; freedom of expression occurs when one is beyond system." ~ Bruce Lee

"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

"To see is to be decieved. To hear is to be lied to. To FEEL is to believe." ~ Bruce Lee

"The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be." ~ Bruce Lee

"Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of." ~ Bruce Lee

"If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow -- you are not understanding yourself." ~ Bruce Lee

“Either you understand or you don’t, and that is that.”

"Either you understand or you don't, and that is that." ~ Bruce Lee

"I don't believe in getting something for nothing." ~ Bruce Lee

"Let nature take its course and your tools will strike at the right moment." ~ Bruce Lee

"If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo." ~ Bruce Lee

"Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed." ~ Bruce Lee

"I create opportunities." ~ Bruce Lee

"There is no love without friendship. Passion alone does not form relationships of value." ~ Bruce Lee

"Each moment that passes changes you...You can't even own yourself. How can you ever hope to own anyone or anything else." ~ Bruce Lee

"When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity." ~ Bruce Lee

"I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself." ~ Bruce Lee

"Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end." ~ Bruce Lee

"A self-willed man has no other aim than his own growth." ~ Bruce Lee

"Voidness is that which stands right in the middle between this and that." ~ Bruce Lee

"The best fighter is not a Boxer, Karate or Judo man. The best fighter is someone who can adapt on any style. He kicks too good for a Boxer, throws too good for a Karate man, and punches too good for a Judo man." ~ Bruce Lee

"I wish neither to possess nor to be possessed. I no longer covet 'paradise'. More important, I no longer fear 'hell'. The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it, until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, consuming myself." ~ Bruce Lee

"One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity." ~ Bruce Lee

"An intelligent mind is an inquiring mind. It is not satisfied with explanation, with conclusions. Nor is it a mind that believes, because belief is again another form of conclusion." ~ Bruce Lee

"Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind, I will exercise daily when I need the urge to act for any purpose; and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily." ~ Bruce Lee

"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

"Effort within the mind further limits the mind, because effort implies struggle towards a goal and when you have a goal, a purpose, an end in view, you have placed a limit on the mind." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"Can you look at a situation without naming it? Naming it, making it a word, causes fear." ~ Bruce Lee

"My strength comes from my abdomen. It's the center of gravity and the source of real power." ~ Bruce Lee

"A man strikes you, make him bleed. He makes you bleed, you break his bones. He breaks your bones, kill him. Being hit is inevitable, strike back twice as hard." ~ Bruce Lee

"To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself. Now, it is very difficult to do. It has always been very easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, and be flooded with a cocky feeling and feel pretty cool and all that. I can make all kinds of phoney things. Blinded by it. Or I can show some really fancy movement. But to experience oneself honestly, not lying to oneself, and to express myself honestly, now that is very hard to do." ~ Bruce Lee

"Life is better lived than conceptualized. — This writing can be less demanding should I allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I’ve come to understand that life is best to be lived — not to be conceptualized. If you have to think, you still do not understand." ~ Bruce Lee

"Like the cobra, you remain coiled in a loose but compact position and your strike should be felt before it is seen." ~ Bruce Lee

“Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing.”

"Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing." ~ Bruce Lee

"All goals apart from the means are illusions; becoming is a denial of being." ~ Bruce Lee

"Either push your limits or die." ~ 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

"A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself." ~ Bruce Lee

"Truth comes when your mind and heart are purged of all sense of striving and you are no longer trying to become somebody; it is there when the mind is very quiet, listening timelessly to everything." ~ Bruce Lee

"Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient. Thus the tensed expert marksman will aim at a level less than his/her student." ~ Bruce Lee

"The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups." ~ Bruce Lee

"when one is not expressing himself, he is not free. thus, he begins to struggle and the struggle breeds methodical routine. Soon, he is doing his methodical routine as response rather than responding to what is." ~ Bruce Lee

"Self-knowledge involves relationship. To know oneself is to study one self in action with another person. Relationship is a process of self evaluation and self revelation. Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself - to be is to be related." ~ Bruce Lee

“Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot”

"Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot" ~ Bruce Lee

"The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all. He lives only in what is." ~ Bruce Lee

"It's the law of averages: put in more, come out with more." ~ Bruce Lee

"To realize freedom the mind has to learn to look at life, which is a vast movement, without the bondage of time , for freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness care for watching, but don't stop and interpret "I am free," then you're living in a memory of something that has gone before." ~ Bruce Lee

“Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there

"Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception." ~ Bruce Lee

"A self-willed man obeys a different law, the one law I, too, hold absolutely sacred the human law in himself, his own individual will." ~ Bruce Lee

"Where there is no style, there is no slave. Martial Arts mean honestly expressing yourself. No style. No slave." ~ Bruce Lee

"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." ~ Bruce Lee

"The ideal is unnatural naturalness, or natural unnaturalness. I mean it is a combination of both. I mean here is natural instinct and here is control. You are to combine the two in harmony. Not if you have one to the extreme, you'll be very unscientific. If you have another to the extreme, you become, all of a sudden, a mechanical man No longer a human being. It is a successful combination of both. That way it is a process of continuing growth." ~ Bruce Lee

"Ideas are the beginning of all achievement." ~ Bruce Lee

"To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery." ~ Bruce Lee

"You cannot force the Now. — But can you neither 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

"Sincere thought means thought of concentration (quiet awareness). The thought of a distracted mind cannot be sincere" ~ Bruce Lee

"Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible." ~ Bruce Lee

"An instructor should exemplify the things he seeks to teach. It will be of great advantage if you yourself can do all you ask of your students and more." ~ Bruce Lee

"Having totality means being capable of following "what is," because "what is" is constantly moving and constantly changing. If one is anchored to a particular view, one will not be able to follow the swift movement of "what is." ~ Bruce Lee

"You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup." ~ Bruce Lee

"Prosperity is apt to prevent us from examining our conduct; but adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is beneficial to us." ~ Bruce Lee

"To tell the truth, I could beat anybody in the world." ~ Bruce Lee

"Before me now there is only one real fact -- Death. The truth I have been seeking -- this truth is Death. Yet Death is also a seeker. Forever seeking me. So -- we have met at last. And I am prepared. I am at peace. Because I will conquer death with death." ~ Bruce Lee

"To change with change is the changeless state" ~ Bruce Lee

"Let yourself go with dis-ease, be with it, and keep it company. This is the way to be rid of it." ~ Bruce Lee

"Persistence, persistence, and persistence. The Power can be created and maintained through daily practice - continuous effort." ~ Bruce Lee

"The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action." ~ Bruce Lee

"Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain" ~ Bruce Lee

"I don't want to do anything halfway. It has to be perfect." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"To develop the creative attitude, analyze and focus on the wanted SOLUTION; seek out and fill your mind with the FACTS; write down ideas, both sensible and seemingly wild; let the facts and ideas simmer in your mind; evaluate, recheck, settle on the creative ideas." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. In short, enter a mold without being caged in it. Obey the principle without being bound by it. Learn, master, and achieve." ~ Bruce Lee

"Put every great teacher in a room, and they'd agree about everything, but put their disciples in there and they'd argue about everything." ~ Bruce Lee

"The measure of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being" ~ Bruce Lee

"Knowledge earns you power, character earns you respect." ~ Bruce Lee

"When one has reached maturity in this art, one will have the formless form. It is like the dissolving or thawing [of] ice into water that can shape itself to any structure. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, one can fit in with any style." ~ Bruce Lee

“Dedication, absolute dedication, is what keeps one ahead. A sort of

"Dedication, absolute dedication, is what keeps one ahead. A sort of indomitable obsessive dedication and the realization that there is no end or limit to this because life is simply an ever-growing process, an ever-renewing process." ~ Bruce Lee

"Optimism is a faith that leads to success." ~ Bruce Lee