Bruce Lee, who brought the martial arts to the west and revolutionized the way Asians were perceived in the US, was indeed one of the most influential martial artists of all time. He was not just a martial artist, I will share with you some of the Bruce Lee quotes on life that are crucial for every individual in order to achieve success. They teach the lessons of life which we often tend to ignore. Make sure you include these in the lessons of life you teach your children.
Bruce Lee quotes on life every person should know
Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal
It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop. That is what Bruce Lee believed in. The goal at first seems impossible, but if you make one definite move toward it, after a year, you will get 365 steps closer to your goal, and I bet it won’t seem impossible then.
Knowledge will give you power, but character respect
We often teach our children that knowledge is power, keep reading a lot of books, keep studying and keep discussing. Along with all this, we should also teach them to have a good character, knowledge without character will mean nothing, no one will have respect for you in their eyes.
I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine
There is a famous line in Hindi, “log kya sochenge?”, meaning, what will people think?. What other people think of you is none of your business, you should pursue what you love regardless of what others might think of you. Remember this, at first, everyone criticises you for choosing a certain career option, but in end, when you become successful, you are the only one who can look them in the eye and say, “I was right”.
A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard
This doesn’t just apply to an actual fight, but it also applies to whatever your goal may be. If you just keep succeeding in life, without experiencing the failure, you won’t have the slightest idea of what might hit you in future, and how to deal with it. The path to success is filled with obstacles no matter how prepared you are, you have to endure it to emerge stronger. What’s important is to learn from every mistake, every setback and never repeat that again. Every failure is a lesson.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer
What Bruce Lee tells us is, no matter how successful and intelligent you are, you must keep your ears open. No matter how intelligent, you still don’t know a lot of things, and someday a person will come to you with a lesser intellect than yours, but he/she will still be able to teach you something from their words. On the other hand, if one doesn’t listen to anybody, he won’t learn anything.
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
Have you seen the movie Chandani Chowk to China starring Akshay Kumar? If yes then you already know this quote. It is hard to beat a person in something he has been doing a long time, he is your biggest competitor, respect him. And, learn from that kind of person, keep sharpening your ax so that it’s ready when it’s time. Keep studying, singing, dancing, until you become everyone’s biggest competitor.
Ultimately the greatest help is self-help
This is one of my favorite Bruce lee quotes on life. When I was on my fitness journey to lose 32 Kg, I kept on telling myself that no one is coming to save you, but you. Your teacher will help, parents will help you, friends will help, but it is you who has to make the effort. You can bring a horse to a well, but the job of drinking water is the horse’s.
If there is a God, he is within. You don’t ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme
How many time have you noticed yourself praying for extra marks, passing marks, job, relationships, etc? Deep down you know your demands won’t be fulfilled by praying but doing the work you are supposed to do. We even offer bribes to the God if we get what we want. “People make me pass the exam, I will offer you a Prashad for 100 bucks, or donate something”.
A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence
What Bruce Lee means by this is, a teacher should always encourage students to choose their own path and help achieve their goal. What teacher thinks is good for the student may not be the goal of the student.
Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory
Have you seen Mark Zuckerberg walking in the office with $1000 clothes on him? Or have you seen Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezoz, showing off their wealth from the clothes they wear? Founder of Berkshire Hathaway and world’s third richest person, Warren Buffet still uses a flip phone (at least 10 years behind today’s technology) as his daily driver. These people can surely afford to buy expensive things, but they don’t show off. The idea is to be rich, not to look rich.
These are a few important Bruce Lee quotes on life, you must always know and teach our children. If you want to read a book on Bruce Lee’s Philosophies, you can buy the following book:
The Warrior Within: Philosophies of Bruce Lee
Along with Bruce Lee quotes on life, your child also needs a mentor, who can guide them on their academic journey. With the right personal attention, your child has the capability to overcome the fear of mathematics or any other subject they might be weak in.