The world of martial arts has seen some truly exciting competitors over the years.
Occasionally, just occasionally, martial artists have made the transition over from a world of fighting to a world of filming.
When we watch action movies, there’s nothing better than watching the good guy beat the bad guy’s butt, and inevitably, numerous cronies of the said the bad guy in the process.
We’ve seen martial artists such as Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, and Jackie Chan light up the movie screens and delight audiences for years, yet arguably the one who spawned them all, and the one considered by many to be the ultimate martial artist was Bruce Lee.
Before starting our list the top Bruce Lee quotes, let see who is Bruce Lee?
This is his life story.
Who Is Bruce Lee?
Tragically, Bruce Lee’s life was cut way too short when he reached the age of 32, and yet despite this, he is still widely regarded as the greatest martial artists to ever walk the earth.
In his short life, Lee mastered the art of Kung Fu, he’d developed his very own martial arts style, he built an incredibly impressive physique, he wrote numerous books, he appeared in several TV series, and he became one of the biggest martial arts movie stars and action heroes on the planet.
Many of his movies, including Enter the Dragon, and Way of the Dragon, are still considered by many to be the measuring stick by which other martial arts movies are measured.
Bruce Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco, back on November 27th, 1940.
He was born, according to the Chinese zodiac, on both the year and the hour, of the Dragon.
Aged just three months of age, Lee was taken back to Hong Kong by his parents.
At school, Lee struggled academically and it was believed that he would often get into trouble.
He transferred to another school and was mentored by the school’s boxing coach.
He took to boxing right away and proved to be very talented.
At 16 he started to study Wing Chun.
Aged 18, he returned to the United States where he took up martial arts training more seriously.
In 1959 he actually taught his own style of martial arts.
Interestingly, Bruce Lee is also widely recognized for his acting ability.
His father was an opera star so showbusiness was in his blood.
His first on-screen role was as a baby when he appeared in Golden Gate Girl.
By the age of 18, he appeared in over 20 independent films.
Through his martial arts, Lee met the right people and was able to land some serious movie roles.
His first leading role was in The Big Boss, back in 1971.
This catapulted him to stardom across the globe. Next came Fist of Fury, and Way of the Dragon. Numerous other movies followed, including Enter the Dragon.
Sadly, on May 10th, 1973, when recording audio for Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee collapsed in the studio.
He was diagnosed with cerebral edema.
On July 20th, 1973, Lee again suffered a cerebral edema and sadly died aged just 32.
He left behind a wife and two children.
Best Bruce Lee Quotes
“The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.” – Bruce Lee
Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.” – Bruce Lee
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee
“Don’t fear failure. – Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee
“If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread onto 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.” – Bruce Lee
“There is “what is” only when there is no comparing and to live with “what is” is to be peaceful.” – Bruce Lee
“If you truly love life, don’t waste time the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.” – Bruce Lee
“It is not a shame to be knocked down by other people. The important thing is to ask when you’re being knocked down, ‘Why am I being knocked down?’ If a person can reflect in this way, then there is hope for this person.” – Bruce Lee
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering”. – Bruce Lee
“In the middle of chaos lies opportunity” – Bruce Lee
“Only the self-sufficient standalone -most people follow the crowd and imitate.” – Bruce Lee
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee
“If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.” – Bruce Lee
“Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” – Bruce Lee
“Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.” – Bruce Lee
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee
In order to control myself, I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.” – Bruce Lee
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.” .Bruce Lee
“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.” -Bruce Lee
“The doubters said, “Man can not fly,” The doers said, Maybe, but we’ll try,” And finally soared In the morning glow While non-believers Watched from below.” – Bruce Lee
“Be happy, but never satisfied.” – Bruce Lee
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own” – Bruce Lee
“Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.” – Bruce Lee
A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.” – Bruce Lee
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” – Bruce Lee
“As you think, so shall you become.” – Bruce Lee
“Real living is living for others.” – Bruce Lee
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” – Bruce Lee
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” – Bruce Lee
“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.” – Bruce Lee
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” -Bruce Lee
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.” – Bruce Lee
“Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee
“To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.” – Bruce Lee
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