While many people simply know Bruce Lee as being an iconic martial artist, the famed late athlete was so much more. Dedicated to developing both his mind and his body, Bruce Lee dedicated his life to the pursuit of his craft. Although his life was short, he accomplished a great deal during his time. He not only set records in his sport and inspired many to join martial arts, but he battled racial stereotypes and developed a highly successful movie career in the process.
One of the most inspiring things about Bruce Lee is that he didn’t just have big goals for himself after he had reached international fame, he started his life with big goals for himself. He started at the bottom and worked his way to the top. This is why he is one of our favorite motivational icons of all times. In honor of Bruce Lee and all of his accomplishments here are some of the best inspirational Bruce Lee quotes from the late athlete.
“You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.”
The first time Bruce Lee uttered these words, very few people took him seriously. Although he faced adversity during his early challenges, he really did become the biggest Chinese star in our world today. He fought hard, worked hard and made sure that he was the best in the business and the best in the world.
“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”
Despite being one of the most talented athletes of all time, one thing that really set Bruce Lee apart from other athletes was his commitment towards staying humble. Even though he was extremely talented, Bruce Lee never showed off and never honored those who did either. He knew that true glory came from staying humble and working hard.
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
Bruce Lee was not born into great circumstances. He started with nothing and struggled for much of his life to be accepted in America due to his race. However, this never brought him down. He was focused on looking past these circumstances and creating opportunities for himself.
“Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.”
This is one of Bruce Lee’s most famous quotes and it was one that surprised many people. Bruce Lee was inarguably one of the best martial artists in history and he made a career out of beating others in the ring. However, this zen approach to life was really how he lived. He was so focused on the mental and spiritual aspect of martial arts that he never focused on winners and lose rand right and wrong.
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
Although he received worldwide fame, Bruce Lee was actually a very simple man and a man of great character. He didn’t believe in all of the “extras” and all of the unessential nonsense that so many people believe in today. He loved his family, loved martial arts and was very focused and driven, he didn’t let himself get consumed with everything else.
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
If there was one thing that Bruce Lee was good at, besides martial arts, it was achieving his goals. He was very driven and focused and above all things, he was a ‘doer.’ He didn’t spend time dwelling on the past or overthinking things. He was a man of action and one that was always ready to ‘do’ in order to achieve his goals.