The Inspiration of Bruce Lee

He’s been a huge source of inspiration in much of our work, and more importantly in our daily lives. Aside from being known as one of the most influential martial artists of all time, Bruce Lee has long been remembered for inspiring through his philosophies, teachings, and beliefs. In honor of what would be Bruce Lee’s 72nd birthday, we decided to compile some of our favorite quotes and proverbs from the man himself. His words will forever inspire and his spirit will never die. Happy Birthday Bruce!

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

“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.”

“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.”

“The second-hand artist blindly following his sensei or sifu accepts his pattern. As a result, his action is and , more importantly, his thinking become mechanical. His responses become automatic, according to set patterns, making him narrow and limited.”

“Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. The aim of art is not the one-sided promotion of spirit, soul and senses, but the opening of all human capacities – thought, feeling, will – to the life rhythm of the world of nature. So will the voiceless voice be heard and the self be brought into harmony with it.”

“If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you.”

“In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.”

“When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow – you are not understanding yourself.”

“Don’t fear failure.  Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

Share this article!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Login Now

  • (Have a forum login? Use it!)
  • Remember Me?
Forgot your password?


Registering gives you access to community discussions, exclusive offers, and the latest news here at The Bboy Spot. Don't miss out!
P.S. If you already have a forum login, you're already registered!