Martial artist, actor, instructor, filmmaker and philanthropist, the legendary Bruce Lee was arguably the most influential martial artist of all time.
Bruce Lee’s appearance in films such as Enter the Dragon made him an iconic figure throughout the world, popularizing Hong Kong martial artists in the Western World and beyond. Many have also credited him as the man who changed the way Asians were presented in Hollywood, and Lee was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
All of this was achieved in spite of his unfortunate death at the age of 32 in 1973.
Ruthlessly dedicated, composed and focused, Lee's philosophy of life was impregnated with traditional Confucian principles, and his wisdom ought to be applied by anyone seeking to live a daring, purposeful life.
Here are timeless Bruce Lee quotes that will challenge you to live an incredible life.
“If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.”
“Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
“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.”
“Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
“Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.”
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
“As you think, so shall you become”.
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.” ng 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.”
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
“Real living is living for others.”
A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
“Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.”
“There is “what is” only when there is no comparing and to live with “what is” is to be peaceful.”