11 Bruce Lee Quotes that Pack a Punch

bruce leeBruce Lee, a true master of mind and body, believed that the two could not be separated.

The richness of his mind and inner life is reflective in his words of wisdom and in his being. He was also a philosopher and a poet.

Though less well-known, this side of his personality undoubtedly played a major role in the mystical qualities he brought to his life and work.

He believed that the beauty of all things was in simplicity, which was also inculcated in his very own martial arts system Jeet Kune Do.

The shedding of the unnecessary just as a sculptor beginning with a clump of clay sheds what is unnecessary, formed the basis of all his practices. Here are a few of his best quotes and their meanings:

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

Do not be attached to the outcome or the goal itself, rather keep it as a rough outline of what you would like to see happen as a result of walking the path. Both the goal and path are subject to change. However, the goal was designed to keep us walking.

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

Wisdom is the application of knowledge in a way that serves the expansion of our own being and our surroundings.

The willingness to do something means nothing until we are in the process of doing it. Willingness is not a state of mind alone, it is a practice.

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

A foolish man willingly attaches himself to ignorance, and insists that he already knows. No amount of wisdom unveiled by others can change this until he lifts the veil himself. A wise man knows that there is something to learn in everything; he does not assume to know. He believes in learning and expansion.

Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Be yourself!

When in pursuit of themselves, one will find exactly what one is looking for. The truth resides within you and only you. By being the truest version of yourself you can unlock it time again as you evolve.

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

bruce lee quotesKnowing yourself is a lifelong journey – your values, your goals, your beliefs and who we truly are. But instead of working on ourselves we often spend our energy in finding faults in others and criticizing others.

Truly knowing our inner self, which requires a high level of introspection and self-awareness, will give us access to our highest potential.

Give up all expectations and let nature take its course.

Sometimes to lose control is the best possible thing that can happen to us. It releases us from the shackles of pain that comes from expectations and teaches us faith and to be calm. We soon discover on that journey that our actions are more perfect than we believed. We start to love what is, at every gifted moment.

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

“…Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself.” The light, the ease of being, the great cosmic love, is not something outside of ourselves. A lantern enables us to see what is outside of ourselves but with no light within, we project our darkness onto everything we see. Acknowledge and honor the love within so that everything you see is basked in the light of awareness.

The meaning of life is that it is to be lived.

Life is not one thing over another. It cannot be packed into little labeled boxes or filed away in some metaphorical cabinet. There is little we can do to reason with it and we may find we have no reason to reason with it in the first place. It is the order in chaos, the miracle and the gift. Everything is meant to be felt out, experienced and lent to expand our perspectives.

If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.

bruce lee be water

We can make the most of the moment or we can waste it. When we use our time carelessly we are not respecting our own mortality. We are being unreceptive to the pure potential it has to be something we can celebrate. Spend time wisely, with care and with love.

Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth.

The truth is easily gauged with a clear mind. A clear mind cleans itself of restrictive thought patterns, prejudices and expectations. It does not see what the ego wants. It only sees what is. When the mind is clear, true information shows itself in a fraction of a second.

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

No life is easy. Our existence is filled with contrasts. They shape our perspectives, mold us and make us who we are. They keep us thankful and always growing. A bland life teaches little. Finding strength within a harsh life is a deeply meditative and expansive process. It opens us up to unthinkable channels of light and love that ground us in our own power.

Be soft like water.

People think of hardness and rigidity and equate it to strength, but it is the bamboo that bends and survives the strongest winds. Water takes the shape of all containers, makes its path on the hardest of rocks. Nothing can break it. It is cool, calm, collected. It can flow and it can crash, as it chooses. Be like water and make peace with your being. Have no fear of what you may fall into for you have the potential to adjust to all forms, to all you interact with.

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  • Pia 'Llama' is a visual artist specializing in photography, illustration and comic strips. She aims to help people question their conditioning, shed the non-useful and move into a state of love and awareness so they can embrace themselves and one another fully.

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