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50 Kobe Bryant Quotes On Success, Hard Work and Life

Looking for inspirational Kobe Bryant quotes about what it takes to develop a killer work ethic and mindset?

Who is Kobe Bryant?

Only the greats are known by only one name: Lincoln, Martin, Jordan, Gandhi, Moses, and so on. Love him or hate him; call him, a hero or villain, no one can deny Kobe’s (Bryant) greatness.  There was a time in my life where I didn’t care for Kobe.

As a Laker fan, I appreciated everything Kobe did to help us win championships. But his off-the-court persona is what turned me off from being a Kobe fan.  Arrogant, selfish, and aloof were my thoughts of him.  My perception of him changed when I started to go through some major issues in my life.

I remember during a brief fallout with my family, I heard a story about Kobe’s fallout with his family. I started to relate to him on a whole different level from that point on.  I too had my doubters, been crucified for doing things my own way, and been called aloof because I like to stay away from negativity.

I’m a hard worker, very motivated, determined, and stubborn. But when I feel defeated or need extra motivation, one of the people I turn to for inspiration is Kobe.  Here are 50 quotes by Kobe Bryant that are sure to inspire you.

Motivational Kobe Bryant quotes

1.) “Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”  – Kobe Bryant


2.) “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” – Huffington Post, 5 Kobe Bryant Quotes To Inspire Greatness and Keep Entrepreneurs Motivated

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3.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant,


4.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant,


5.) “I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose” – Kobe Bryant,


6.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant,

7.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant, Muse: The Kobe Bryant Documentary

8.) “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” – Kobe Bryant, Muse: The Kobe Bryant Documentary

9.) “The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.” – Kobe Bryant,

quotes by kobe bryant10.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse”, 2015

11.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant


12.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant

13.) “If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will do it for you” – Kobe Bryant,

14.) “The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win” – Kobe Bryant,

15.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant,

16.) “Sports is such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.” – Kobe Bryant

17.) “Dedication sees dreams come true.” – Kobe Bryant


Kobe Bryant Quotes  To Inspire The Greatness In You

18.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant, “Letter to My Younger Self”, The Players’ Tribune

19.) “I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.”
– Kobe Bryant, Dear Basketball

quotes by kobe bryant20.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant, The Beautiful Scar

21.) “Either way, I refuse to change what I am. A lion has to eat. Run with me or run from me.” – Kobe Bryant, 8teen

22.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant,  8teen

23.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant,  The Beautiful Scar

24.) “This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me.” – Kobe Bryant, OK (The Process)

25.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant,  Letter to My Younger Self

26.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant, Zero

27.) “Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache…” – Kobe Bryant, Letter to My Younger Self

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28.) “I create my own path. It was straight and narrow. I looked at it this way: you were either in my way, or out of it. If you were standing between me and the game, I was going to knock you on your back and not feel bad about it. I was unapologetically me. That’s all I ever wanted to be I was never worried about my reputation- that’s how I earned one. That’s how I became the Black Mamba.” – Kobe Bryant,

29.) “The odd thing is that I wound up learning more about the world around me by having a singular focus inside of me.” – Kobe Bryant, The Beautiful Scar

30.) “Determination silences doubters” – Kobe Bryant

More of the Best Kobe Bryant Quotes

31.) “We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal” – Kobe Bryant, post game interview

32.) “Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success” – Kobe Bryant, post game interview

33.) “Passion is the fuel for success” – Kobe Bryant,

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34.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant,

35.) Everything negative; pressure, challenges, is an opportunity for me to rise.” – Kobe Bryant,


36.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant, 11 Lessons from the Master

37.) “Be willing to sacrifice anything, but compromise nothing in your quest to be your best.” – Kobe Bryant, Bodyarmor ad

38.) “If you are going to be a leader, you’re not going to please everybody. You got to hold people accountable, even if you have that moment of being uncomfortable.” – Kobe Bryant,

39.) “We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” – Kobe Bryant, 11 Lessons from the Master

40.) “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.” – Kobe Bryant, I Had Tunnel Vision


41.) “The biggest dreams aren’t fueled by belief. They’re fueled by doubt.” – Kobe Bryant, Nike Ad

42.) “It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly. If you do it right, your game will live on in others. You’ll be imitated and emulated by those you played with, those you played against and those who never saw you play at all. So leave everything on the court. Leave the game better than you found it. And when it comes time for you to leave, leave a legend.” – Kobe Bryant, You Legacy Is Up To You

kobe bryant quotes 43.) “We don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.” – Kobe Bryant, Facebook page

44.) “I’ve shot too much from the time I was 8 years old. But ‘too much’ is a matter of perspective. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. Let me put it this way: I entertain people who say I shoot too much. I find it very interesting. Going back to Mozart, he responded to critics by saying there were neither too many notes or too few. There were as many as necessary.” – Kobe Bryant, Q&A with Chuck Klosterman for GQ

Greatness Has A Cost (Kobe Bryant Retirement Tribute)

Did these Kobe Bryant quotes inspire you?

Through these quotes, you can see what made him special as an athlete and intriguing as a person. Most of us love him because we can relate to him and have the same mind frame, that the only thing stopping us from achieving our goals is us.

Others hate him because he has the relentlessness that many wish they had. There’s no doubt his words poke at your soul like needles. Cherish these quotes by Kobe Bryant and find your inner “Mamba Mentality”.

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