25 Kobe Bryant Quotes Celebrating His Life

These Kobe Bryant quotes will remind you that Kobe is a champ on or off the court.

Remember the life of the basketball legend with these Kobe Bryant quotes.

On January 26, 2020, the world lost Kobe Bryant in a tragic helicopter crash.

The below collection of Kobe Bryant quotes helps provide insight into the mindset of this amazing man and legendary NBA superstar.

RIP Kobe.

For two decades, Kobe Bryant was one of the most dominating forces in the NBA.

He led the Lakers to multiple championship series and won several times.

Bryant—AKA Black Mamba—had moves like we hadn’t seen since Michael Jordan, and even today, fans still miss watching him on the court.

Motivational Kobe Bryant quotes

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

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2. “The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win” — Kobe Bryant

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3. “Dedication sees dreams come true.” — Kobe Bryant

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

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5. “Either way, I refuse to change what I am. A lion has to eat. Run with me or run from me.” — Kobe Bryant

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6. “I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose” — Kobe Bryant

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7. “Determination silences doubters.” — Kobe Bryant

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8. “Passion is the fuel for success.” — Kobe Bryant

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9. “Everything negative; pressure, challenges, is an opportunity for me to rise.” — Kobe Bryant

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10. “The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.” — Kobe Bryant

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11. “I have self-doubt. I have insecurity… We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” — Kobe Bryant

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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

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13. “The last time I was intimidated was when I was six 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

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14. “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” — Kobe Bryant

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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

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

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17. “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

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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

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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

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20. “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

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21. “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

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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

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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

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24. “This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me.” — Kobe Bryant

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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

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Through these quotes, you can see what made him special as an athlete and intriguing as a person.

Most of us loved him because we could 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.”

Share this list with your basketball-loving friends, and tell us your favorite Kobe quotes in the comments.

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Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. is a native of Hampton, Virginia whose main goal is to spread motivation, inspiration and love. His work serves to encourage others to look past their differences and focus on uniting to make the world a better place. He currently resides in Tampa, Florida serving his community as a youth sports coach, mentor and motivational speaker, as well as community activist. While we all face challenges in life, his philosophy is that perseverance, positivity and a heart full of love will enable us to rise above our struggles and become the instruments to spark constructive societal change. Mr. Buggs is the author of “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving”, “Vid’s Viddles”, and “Getting Out of the Dark: How to Have a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness”
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  1. Ivan

    June 28, 2019 at 3:42 AM

    Thank you for this post.

    • Gary

      January 27, 2020 at 2:54 AM

      RIP to the goat. Made me a Laker fan for life.

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