25 Powerful Bruce Lee Quotes That Will Stimulate Personal Development

  • “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.”
  • “Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, un-rhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.”
  • “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.”
  • “All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”
  • “The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”
  • “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.”
  • “The knowledge and skills you have achieved are meant to be forgotten so you can float comfortably in emptiness, without obstruction.”
  • “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.”
  • “Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
  • “Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.”
  • “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.”
  • “Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”
  • “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.”
  • “What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”
  • “Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
  •  “Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.”
  • “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.”
  • “Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.”
  •  “Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.”
  •  “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
  •  “Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
  •  “The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.”
  •  “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.”
  •  “Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.”
  •  “The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”

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