21 Inspiring Quotes by Bruce Lee

July 12, 2017

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Few people can rival the drive and passion of the great Bruce Lee. Though known for his acting and martial arts skills, he was actually a bright philosopher who spent a lot of time considering how the ideal life should be lived. He aimed to improve himself and live up to these standards every day and serve as an amazing example for the rest of us.


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One of my favorite books is Striking Thoughts, a compilation of Lee’s ideas. Any time I need inspiration or a boost to my day, this is an excellent book to guide me through it. Here are 21 thoughts by Bruce Lee to inspire you today.


  1. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
  1. “When you are awake, you must be fully awake and conscious about everything. This is a wonderful mental exercise.”
  1. “Every emotion expresses itself in the muscular system. Anxiety is tremendous excitement held, bottled up.”
  1. “Only eat what your body requires, and don’t become carried away with foods that don’t benefit you.”
  1. “Don’t be in a hurry to “fix” things; rather, enrich your understanding in the ever-going process of discovery and finding more the cause of your ignorance.”
  1. “Humility forms the basis of honor, just as the low ground forms the foundation of a high elevation.”
  1. “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.”
  1. “What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.”
  1. “Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts. All problems are brought into existence – drop them.”
  1. “You have your choice – you are master of your attitude – choose the POSITIVE, the CONSTRUCTIVE. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”
  1. “Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.”
  1. “What IS is more important than WHAT SHOULD BE. Too many people are looking at ‘what is’ from a position of thinking ‘what should be’.”
  1. “Keep your mind on the things you want and off those you don’t.”
  1. “You will never get any more out of life than you expect. Every man today is the result of his thoughts of yesterday.”
  1. “Remember, success is a journey, not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine.”
  1. “To free yourself, observe closely what you normally practice. Do not condemn or approve, merely observe.”
  1. “One must always strive to be better. The sky’s the limit.”
  1. “I am what I am here and now.”
  1. “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
  1. “Freedom lies in understanding yourself from moment to moment.”
  1. “Growth is the constant discovery and understanding in one’s process of living.”


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My name is Jennifer Mouzon, I'm a 25 year old "self-improver" that is passionate about learning, cooking and loving the earth. I enjoy researching new ideas and methods to keep growing and want to share them with you!

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