From time to time we all need a little inspiration. There are and have been many great people that have made quotes that will stand the test of time from the likes of Bruce Lee, Sir Winston Churchill, Sun Tzu, Matsu Basho, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King to name a few.

Below is an ever-growing collection of quotes that I like from for all types of situations and all walks of life. I hope you find them as inspirational as I do, and, if you come across a quote you would like to see on here please drop me an email [email protected] and I will add it to the list.

I would rather know it and not need it then need it and not know it

To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.
Bruce Lee

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results”
Sir Winston Churchill

I practice martial arts not to win over other people but to win over my own heart.
Tony Jaa

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Understand that the essence of martial arts is not the art itself, but what’s hidden deep within yourself.
Gogen Yamaguchi

A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
Bruce Lee

In martial arts, the biggest enemy is self. Inside you struggle because you want to prove something.
Jet Li

Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.
Mohandas Gandhi

Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit.
Joe Louis

Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.
Matsu Basho

The weakest of all weak things is a virtue that has not been tested in the fire.
Mark Twain

Of old, the expert in battle would first make himself invincible and then wait for his enemy to expose his vulnerability.
Sun Tzu

Courage first; power second; technique third.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.

Cry in the dojo. Laugh on the battlefield.
Author unknown

If you fail to take advantage of your enemies’ collapse, they may recover.
Miyamoto Musashi

Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class.
Choi, Hong Hi, Founder of Taekwon-Do

A superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.