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Those with a genuine interest in martial arts understand that it is not just about fighting. Practitioners are aware of a deeper mysticism and wisdom that can be derived from the study of their chosen martial art and seek to find inner peace and strength. This is why there are so many martial arts quotations that are essential reading, as they can help you succeed in everyday life while becoming a better person. Below, we look at 10 famous quotes followed by a very brief explanation.

Ten of the Greatest Martial Arts Quotes of All Time

1. Bruce Lee

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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.

In simple terms, repetition leads to better technique and results. Focus on a single area of improvement and you can succeed, scatter your energies all over the place and you will achieve nothing.

2. Choi Hong Hi

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Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class.

Too many people are unwilling to make sacrifices and do the hard work to get the results.

3. Lao Tzu

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The best fighter is never angry.

Anger clouds the mind and causes you to make mistakes.

4. Theodore Roosevelt

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Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly.

Be a man of peace if at all possible, but when provoked into action, be decisive to emerge victorious.

5. Friedrich Nietzsche

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In times of peace, the warlike man attacks himself.

If you allow anger to rage inside you, the ultimate result will be self-destruction.

6. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

If you are patient enough, your opponent will eventually make a bad decision and all you have to do is sit back and allow him to defeat himself.

7. Matsu Basho

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

Do not aim to replicate the path of others, look for the knowledge they sought, but do so in your own way. We are all different, so following the same path as someone else will not necessarily lead to the same result.

8. Mark Twain

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

Merely stating a belief is not enough, you must also be willing to fight for it if and when the time comes. Everything else is just empty rhetoric.

9. Sun Tzu

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

Be patient and worry about working on your strengths, and eventually your enemy’s weaknesses will become apparent.

10. Yamada Jirokichi

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Sword and mind must be united. Technique by itself is insufficient, and spirit alone is not enough.

Having the physical prowess without the mental and emotional strength and vice versa will only lead to failure. To see real improvement, you must work on all aspects.