I can not teach you, only help you to explore yourself. Nothing more. – Bruce Lee

The following poem reminded me of one of my favorite Bruce Lee quotes. Here is the poem that was shared with me from a student. 

It’s up to you!

– Unknown

I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you. 

I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn. 

I can give you directions, but I cannot always be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it. 

I can take you to temples but I cannot make you believe. 

I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot decide for you

I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you. 

I can teach you to be a friend, but I cannot make you unselfish. 

I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor. 

I can grieve about your report card, but I cannot make you study. 

I can advise you about friends, but I cannot choose them for you. 

I can teach you about sex and the facts of life, but I cannot decide for you. 

I can tell you about drinking, but I cannot say ‘no’ for you. 

I can teach you about goals and dreams, but I cannot achieve them for you. 

I can warn you about sin, but I cannot make your morals. 

I can love you as a daughter, but I cannot place you in God’s family

I can pray for you and your future, but I cannot make you do the same. 

I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life. 

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One thought on “I can not teach you, only help you to explore yourself. Nothing more. – Bruce Lee

  1. Good stuff, friend. I love all his books and teachings. Especially Enter the dragon.
    ‘Do not concentrate on the finger … ‘
    All the best!

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