Kobe Bryant quotes reflect the life of a man who loved the game and gave it his all. In his remarks he shares many stories of what it is like to be one of the greatest and face those who seemed like giants in the way. His life ended tragically as he died in a horrific accident along with daughter Gianna and seven other close friends. The world was shocked and many shared heartfelt sympathies to his family. The incident left Michael Jordan and many of his friends hurting.
Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player and played as a shooting guard. He played a career 20 seasons in the NBA and all for one team, the Los Angeles Lakers. He leaves behind a legacy that is hard for many to reach and the NBA All-Star Game MVP Award has been permanently named after him. He had a great friendship with Will Smith and once said he will be the Will Smith of the NBA. You can read about his legacy below in many of the quotes he shared.
“Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do."
“The Strength to make it becomes greater than the fear of missing it"
“The last time I was intimidated was when I was 6 years old in karate class. I was an orange belt and the instructor ordered me to fight a black belt who was a couple years older and a lot bigger. I was scared s—less. I mean, I was terrified and he kicked my ass. But then I realized he didn’t kick my ass as bad as I thought he was going to and that there was nothing really to be afraid of. That was around the time I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind."
“I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.”
"I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose."
“The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear."
“When you make a choice and say ‘come hell or high water’ I am going to be this, then you should be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that feels intoxicating or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that…when that moment comes, of course it is here because it has been here the whole time because it has been in your mind the whole time."
“When we are saying this cannot be accomplished, this cannot be done, then we are short-changing ourselves. My brain, it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I have to sit there and face myself and tell myself ‘you are a failure,’ I think that is almost worse than dying."
“The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment."
“If you are afraid to fail, then you're probably going to fail"
“There’s a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something, there’s a choice you have to make. We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.”
“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it."
“It doesn’t bother me at all. Do I hold any hard feelings? Not at all. Life is too short to sit around and hold grudges. I don’t hold any whatsoever."
“If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will do it for you."
“Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again."
“The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win."
“Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change. Don’t let it stop you from being who you can be. Exhaustion tells you when you ought to stop. You only reach your limit when you can go no further."
“Sports is such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences."
"Dedication sees dreams come true."
“Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose. Put them through school, set them up with job interviews and help them become leaders in their own right. Hold them to the same level of hard work and dedication that it took for you to get to where you are now, and where you will eventually go."
"There is no “I” in team but there is in win."
“I played through the sweat and hurt
“Winning takes precedence over all. There's no gray area, no almost."
“The examples are endless but my philosophy is simple. Once I knew my seed, I was able to discover my muse and my purpose for being was crystal clear."
“Being passive aggressive in this competition means you’re fine with simply going with the flow and unwilling to disturb the calm waters of the game to accomplish your goals."
“Everything I saw, heard, read, or felt was viewed through the lens of growing as a basketball player. This perspective makes me curious about everything, makes everything interesting, and means that life is a living library where all I need to do is pay attention."
“This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me."
"You need to figure out a way to invest in the future of your family and friends. This sounds simple, and you may think it’s a no-brainer, but take some time to think on it further. I said INVEST. I did not say GIVE."
“What a journey this has been. Setting this mark is a huge honor. I’m aware of Father Time’s curfew. He has sent me to my room to brush my teeth before he tucks me in, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t walk to the bathroom slowly. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t act as if someone misplaced the toothpaste. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t brush every tooth twice, brush my tongue three times, floss until my gums bleed and rinse with mouthwash until the inside of my mouth burns and then goes numb."
“Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache…"
“The odd thing is that I wound up learning more about the world around me by having a singular focus inside of me."
"Determination silences doubters."
“We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal."
“Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success."
“Passion is the fuel for success."
“Friends hang from time to time, banners hang forever."
“Learn to love the hate. Embrace it. Enjoy it. You earned it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and everyone should have one about you. Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones."
“To be an event, every single night. Something witnessed. Not just watched. I had a different drive. The kind that made people uneasy. Some people wanted me to come back down to earth. To come down to their level.To relax. But I couldn’t. It wasn’t in my DNA. Because to go where others have never gone, you have to do what others have never done."
“Be willing to sacrifice anything, but compromise nothing in your quest to be your best."
“We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it."
“I saw things differently. I didn’t want to do what others had done. That didn’t drive me, didn’t get me in the gym before others got up. I wanted to do one better. Actually, I wanted to do a lot better. There were players I looked up to until I looked them square in the eyes. I know that one day, when I left the game, I didn’t actually want to leave. I wanted to leave my mark."
“The biggest dreams aren’t fueled by belief. They’re fueled by doubt."
Kobe Bryant quotes are a great source of inspiration from someone who gave all to what he loved, the game of basketball. LeBron James now plays for his former team, what a great team that would have been if he was still playing then. I hope you find these quotes motivating to take you forward in life. May the memory of his life live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him and the world at large.