50 Best Kobe Bryant Quotes About Life & Success

50 Best Kobe Bryant Quotes About Life & Success

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Kobe Bryant was one of the best basketball players of all time, having made history in the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers. During his prime, he nicknamed himself “Black Mamba” to mimic the serpent’s speed and aggression while playing basketball. Kobe played his heart out for 20 seasons, taking home numerous awards before finally retiring in 2016. But even after retirement, Kobe continued to inspire millions of people around the world.

January 26, 2020, was one of the darkest days for the Basketball fraternity. Kobe, his daughter Gigi, and seven other victims lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His death left many in shock, some only holding on to words of wisdom he constantly shared throughout his life and career. On that note, here are 50 best Kobe Bryant quotes about life and success from the 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion.

“The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.”

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

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“Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose.”

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

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“The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.”

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“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”

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“Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”

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“Despite fear, finish the job.”

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“Winning takes precedence overall. There’s no gray area. No almosts.”

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“Dedication sees dreams come true.”

“Everything negative — pressure, challenges — is all an opportunity for me to rise.”

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“Rest at the end, not at the middle.”

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

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“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.”

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“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.”

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“We don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.”

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“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”

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“People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning.”

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“We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.”

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“Boos don’t block dunks.”

“Losing is losing, there aren’t different degrees of losing.”

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“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.”

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“It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.”

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“It’s an intentional pass to oneself, so it’s an assist. That way people can’t say all I do is shoot. ”

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“Would people be celebrating me if I scored 138 points? You know how it is; some people would, some people wouldn’t.”

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“I’ve shot too much from the time I was 8 years old. But ‘too much’ is a matter of perspective.”

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“My brain . . . it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I sit there and have to face myself and tell myself, ‘You’re a failure’ . . . I think that’s almost worse than death.”

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“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.”

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“This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me and in front of me.”

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“Determination silences doubters.”

“Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache.”

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“I don’t think a coach becomes the right coach until he wins a championship.”

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“A lot of people say they want to be great, but they’re not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness.”

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“May you always remember to enjoy the road, especially when it’s a hard one.”

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“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.”

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“The biggest dreams aren’t fueled by belief. They’re fueled by doubt.”

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“Be willing to sacrifice anything, but compromise nothing in your quest to be your best.”

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“From the beginning, I wanted to be the best. I had a constant craving, a yearning, to improve and be the best. I never needed any external forces to motivate me.”

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“The odd thing is that I wound up learning more about the world around me by having a singular focus inside of me.”

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“Passion is the fuel for success.”

“There’s a big misconception where people thinking winning or success comes from everybody putting their arms around each other and singing kumbaya and patting them on the back when they mess up, and that’s just not reality.”

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“We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.”

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“I’m going to break it down to its smallest form, smallest detail, and go after it. Day by day, one day at a time.”

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“Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.”

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“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.”

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“Greatness has a cost.”

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“I saw you come in and I wanted you to know that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, that I’m willing to work harder than you.”

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“You shot that shot hundreds and thousands of times. Just shoot another one.”

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“Life is too short to sit around and hold grudges. It doesn’t make any sense to do it.”

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

Kobe Bryant Facts!

Born on August 23, 1978, Kobe Bryant was 6 feet and 6 inches tall by the time of his death. His name derives from a type of steak from a cattle species originating from the Kobe region of Japan.

His father played in the Italian Professional Basketball League. As a result, Kobe, who also lived with his dad in Italy for eight years, spoke Italian. 

While growing up in Italy, Kobe was more interested in soccer than basketball. He played several soccer matches with his friends in Italy, first as a goalkeeper and later on as a midfielder.

Kobe joined the NBA straight out of high school, holding the record of the Youngest Player in NBA history at that time. He was 18 years, two months, and 11 days old. 

Also, in 1997, he became the youngest player ever to win the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. By the time of his retirement, he had won five NBA titles. 

He comes 4th in the list of the highest-scoring NBA players in history. Lebron James comes first, followed by Michael Jordan and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar in that order. 

Kobe played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers, from 1996 to 2016.

There’s no doubt that Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest athletes ever and a great individual altogether. Not even the horrific helicopter crash could erase his legacy as a fantastic friend, brother, dad, athlete, husband; you name it. Speaking of successful and influential people, you might also love reading these 50 Powerful & Life-Changing Will Smith Quotes!

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