When the going gets tough, there are these 40 Bruce Lee quotes to keep you going.
A famed martial artist, action-film actor, and seemingly immortal cultural icon, Bruce Lee is remembered as much for his words of wisdom as he is for his lightning fast kicks. Today, we look at some of the most introspective and inspirational Bruce Lee quotes:
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Be happy, but never satisfied.
If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.
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 pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
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.
Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
Cease negative mental chattering -- if you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible.
Running water never grows stale. So you just have to keep on flowing.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Real living is living for others.
The happiness that is derived from excitement is like a brilliant fire - soon it will go out.
Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.
Obey the principles without being bound by them.
If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.
There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
Reality is apparent when one ceases to compare.
Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in man.
To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
If you always put limits 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.
Ultimately the greatest help is self-help.
For it is easy to criticise and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.
Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.
What is is more important than what should be.
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
As you think, so shall you become.
Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.
Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
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Alexander is a Brooklyn-based cofounder of All That's Interesting with an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in History and Economics and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Economics. He specializes in American history, the Cold War, and true crime.
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.