UPDATED: I have included the new Kung Fu Panda 3 inspirational quotes right below as well. So now it has more than 10 quotes! Enjoy!

Watched Kung Fu Panda? If your answer is a no, then you should watch it, all the films, Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 and 3!

Next year, in 2016, Dreamworks is going to release Kung Fu Panda 3.

The reason I strongly encourage you to watch the movie is that there are plenty of inspirational quotes and life lessons in the movie.

Well, even though it is an animated film, but the storyline is good. If you don’t really enjoy cartoon or feel that this is just not your type of movie, just take it as a time for you to relax and watch something different.

More importantly, you don’t really need to go through all the movies to understand the quotes and the lessons I’m sharing here.

Of course, if you watch the movie, you can connect better and the quotes may sync more with you…

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it the present”

― Master Oogway

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For me, this is the best quote from the movie. I love this saying. We just can’t change the history and our past. Whatever happened, happened, and we just can’t do anything to change.

So if you are getting stuck in the past, it is time for you to let go. As for the future, we can only hope and envision the best of it.

No one can read the future, I can’t. Hence, all we can do is to hope for the best and dream that everything will work out perfect for us.

And for now, at this moment, they call it the ‘present’. Right now at this moment, you are living it. You can choose how you want to live it. You can do whatever you want with it.

It is a ‘present’ given to you. If you hate your life, change it. If you don’t like your job, you can choose to quit. You have the control and you can decide to change.

So learn from your past, envision for a brighter future and work in the present.

Share your gift with the world. Who knows, how many lives you are saving just by doing so. Your gift not only helps you but all those you come in contact with.

“Your story may not have such a happy beginning but that does not make you who you are, it is the rest of it – who you choose to be”

― Soothsayer

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This is another meaningful quote from Kung Fu Panda 2. Many times in our lives, we will face challenges and uncertainties. We may not always have good times, there are tough times and we may feel that everything is going against us.

However, tough times don’t define us. When you are having difficulties in life, it doesn’t mean that it is the end of the world.

Adversities and setbacks don’t make us who we are; it is the strength to overcome them that makes us strong and how we perceive the future that makes us who we are.

Extraordinary people such as Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, J.K Rowling, Nelson Mandela, etc, all gone through tough times.

But they never let the adversities stop them. They overcome setbacks and thrive again.

Additional read: How To Overcome Tough Times And Succeed (5 Principles To Overcome Setbacks)

“Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it gets agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.”

– Master Oogway

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Sometimes you just need to let go and release yourself. You can’t proceed forward if your mind is clouded.

I remembered clearly Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba once told the audience in his talk that sometimes when he faced with a difficult challenge and he can’t find any solution, he would just walk away from it and take a nap.

And usually, after the short nap, he would feel refresh and able to tackle the problem again.

Like the quote from Master Oogway, you can’t see clearly if your mind gets clouded with problems and negative thoughts. You need to let it settle before you can see clearly.

“You are the master of your destiny: No one and nothing can come in between you and your destiny except you. Take destiny by the horns and have fun.”

– Kung Fu Panda

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You are who you are and where you are right now because of all your decisions and your own actions.

No one can decide how you live your life and no one can force you to do things if you don’t want to. If you can read this article in my blog, it simply means that you have enough freedom to choose how you can live your life.

If you hate your work, you can just call your boss and tell him that you want to resign. It is your own thinking that stops you from getting what you want.

It is your own excuse saying that you can’t quit because you have too much commitments and stuff.

If you always wanted to start your own business or invest in properties and stocks, what is holding you back? Not the market, not your wife and certainly not others. It is you that is holding yourself back.

It is your thinking that is stopping you. You are stopping yourself from moving forward and change.

When you understand that you are in control of your life, nothing can come in between what you and what you want, except you.

So have fun enjoying the life that you created for yourself.

“You don’t need to meditate for hours and hours to attain inner peace and enlightenment. You need only see, feel, and act from the heart. Let the heart guide you to your peaceful enlightenment.”

– Kung Fu Panda

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Learn from your heart and your intuition. Your heart feeling will guide you through life.

Too often, we depended too much with facts and figures. We think without really using our heart.

Steve Jobs was the guy who studies Zen and used his intuition in his business. This is what he said, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work.

Steve Jobs seems to be able to foresee and envision the future. This is how he was able to capture the music industry with his iPod and the smartphone industry with his iPhone.

Listening to your heart and follow your intuition is not something mystical. In fact, the more you rely on them the more accurate and effective they are going to be.

So trust your intuition and listen closely to your heart. They can help you in every aspect of your life.

“Don’t push past memories deeper inside of yourself. Let those memories breathe and let old wounds heal.”

– Kung Fu Panda

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You can’t go forward if you are stuck in the past. If you want to go fast and go forward, let go of the past.

Your past doesn’t equal your future. If you failed in business before, it doesn’t mean that you can’t build a successful business in the future.

A lot of people let their past define their future, which is not right. If you failed in mathematics, it doesn’t mean that your math sucks.

Maybe it was because that time you didn’t really prepare for it. Or maybe the paper was way too difficult.

So if you think that you are useless and amount to nothing, stop thinking that way because whatever happened in the past, doesn’t determine your future.

How can you grow and live a successful life if you always stuck in your past and keep telling yourself that you are no good?

“There are no accidents.”

– Master Oogway

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Sometimes you may feel like things happened to you without any clear reason. Your business can just go bust without you knowing why. You fail your exams even if you put in a lot of effort to study the subject.

Why? Things happened for a reason, and there are no accidents.

You are who you are right now because of your past action and decision. You are where you are right now because you chose to be where you are today.

You failed in your business probably because you don’t know how to manage it well. You succeed in it probably because you have learned through the failures you had before and you work hard on it.

You are reading this right now probably you saw it in Facebook and you think that it is interesting and you decided to read this article.

We live in a world of cause and effect. There is a cause and there is always an effect. There are no accidents.

Thus, plan your life and design your destiny. You can get what you want and live the life you desire, only if you are willing to work on it.

“Once I realized the problem was not you but within me. I found inner peace and was able to harness the flow of the universe.”

– Master Shifu

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This is about taking responsibility with your life. You can’t change if you don’t take responsibility with your life.

When you take full responsibility with your life, you have the power to control and the power to change your life.

Let me give you an example, when the economy is not doing well and your business is going down, if you blame on the economy, what can you do?

Nothing much, because you are giving away your power to control to other things that you cannot manage.

However, if you take responsibility thinking that it is your business that can’t evolve and can’t cope with the slow economy, you stand a chance to improve your business.

You can come up with all sorts of strategies to improve the sales and grow your business even it is in a down economy. This is exactly what Osim, the company that sells massage chairs did during the economy downturn.

When the times are tough and a lot of companies suffering losses, Osim take responsibility and grow its business internationally to increase the market share.

You see, when you take the responsibility on yourself, you have the opportunity to change and to improve. Just like the Master Shifu did.

“To make something special you just have to believe it’s special.”

– Mr Ping

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Mr Ping, Po’s father, running a business selling noodles. He keep telling the world saying that his noodles are special and even Po, the Panda believes that his father has his own special recipe.

Lo and behold, Mr Ping finally spilled the bean, telling Po that there is no special recipe with his noodles.

It is the same in you and your life. You need to believe that you are special and you are good so that you will be able to tap into your full potential.

You don’t need to be Michael Jordan to play like him. You just need to be yourself and be unique.

Don’t copy, just be authentic.

Everybody else has been taken; you just need to be back who you are. If Walt Disney listened to other people’s opinion, I don’t think we have the Disney theme parks today.

If J.K Rowling doesn’t believe in her storybooks, there won’t be any Harry Potter today. If the Wright Brothers don’t trust themselves, there will be no airplanes today.

Be yourself, be special, be unique and be authentic.

“There is just news. There is no good or bad.”

– Master Oogway

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Many times we look at things differently. When there is traffic congestion on the highway, the first thing that comes into most people’s mind is whether the jam is due to an accident.

There is no good or bad news, just news. I don’t look at car accidents in the highway as bad news; it is just an accident, that’s it.

It depends on how you perceive it what is happening around you. If you think that it is bad news, then it will be bad news for you. If you think that it is good news, then it will be something good for you.

When someone overtakes you while driving, how do you feel? Some people will feel angry, while some people just take it as it is, feeling neutral. It is just traffic.

Therefore, don’t let your thinking leads your feelings. Be conscious with what you think in your head.

If your thinking does not empower you, change them. Let the positive and empowering thoughts guide you and grow with you.

Inspirational Quotes from Kung Fu Panda 3 – UPDATED

Below are the latest updates in 2016. Kung Fu Panda 3 is awesome and I will recommend you to watch it, even if it is just an animation. The wisdom behind the movie is remarkable.

Let’s dive right into the newly updated quotes that will change your life and inspire you to the max!

“Time is an illusion, there is only the now.”

– Master Shifu

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Often times, we lost the sense of time. Our mind wanders into the future and thinking about how tough life can be or how we are going to earn more to pay our bills.

Sometimes we will think about our past and totally lost the sense of time with all the bad things that have happened to us and ask, “Why does this all have to happen to me?”

No, you do not have to dwell in the past nor the future. You can focus your mind on the now. Focus on what you can do right now.

Whatever has passed, you can’t change it. Whatever that will come, you cannot control or predict it. All you can do is to be the best you at this moment.

So stop thinking about what has happened or what will happen and start living in the now.

Remember the first quote above? Here’s a reminder:

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it the present”

Always keep this in mind and live in the moment.

“Get ready to dance… with danger!”

– Panda Mei Mei

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This is the Kung Fu Panda version of “Learn to dance in the rain”. You have to learn to embrace change and difficulties.

You have to understand that failures, rejections, setbacks and challenges will come. So you must learn to dance with your problems, not escaping them.

In fact, the failure, the setback, and the hardship will shape you into the person you want to be. There’s no gain without pain.

In order to become the successful person you want to you, you must learn to ‘level up’ yourself through the hardships that are there to test you.

So endure the setbacks. Learn from your mistakes and failures. Never give up and keep moving forward.

“Before the battle of the fist comes the battle of the mind… then the dramatic entrance”

– Master Shifu

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Whatever decision you made in your life, it is because of your mind. Your thinking will shape your life.

So before you can win in life, you must learn to conquer your mind. I love the saying from Lao Tzu:

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary people is that extraordinary people know how to handle their mind and they master their thoughts.

They choose to think positively and think about what they want to achieve in life most of the time.

On the other hand, ordinary people who live in mediocrity always think about other people or things that do not really matter.

So master your mind if you want to master your life.

“Your real strength comes from being the best you you can be. Who are you? What are you good at? What makes you, you?”

– Kung Fu Panda, Po

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I love this quote. So what makes you, you? Who are you? Who do you want to be? And what do you want to accomplish in your life?

This is so true. Your strength comes from you doing your best you. In life, you can only produce a remarkable result when you become you and do your best.

Therefore, you must first understand yourself. You must first find out what you want to be and what you are good at.

If you want to be an expert and a master in what you do, you must follow your heart and do what you do best. This is how successful people create extraordinary results in life.

“There is always something more to learn. Even for a master.”

– Master Oogway

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Anthony Robbins coined the word, CANI or Constant-And-Never-ending-Improvement, and I think we all should commit to it.

There’s always something for us to learn, no matter how good we are. If you want to improve what you do to produce a better result, you have to commit to life-long learning.

This is one of the reasons I read at least 2 or 3 books a month. Every morning after I wake up, I will start off my day with reading books.

Imagine if you commit to reading a book a week. Within a year, you will have read at least 50 books. And do you think these 50 books can change your life or improve your life?

The answer is obvious. So commit to constant learning and make it a habit to learn every day.

“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be more than you are now.”

– Master Shifu

This is my favorite quote in the Kung Fu Panda 3. If you want to get a different result, do something else.

Albert Einstein defines insane as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get a different outcome.

So stop being insane. If you want a different result, stop doing what you are doing right now because what you are doing right now has given you the result and lead you where you are today.

Dare to be different and dare to go out of the box. You do not have to follow the crowd. If you do what most people do, you will get what most people get.

Hence, think outside the box and be different.

The Conclusion

Sometimes you just need to hold back and take a rest in order to go forward. Now, take this chance to watch this movie if you haven’t. And in case you had watched it, try to recall the moments and learn from these inspirational quotes.

In fact, there are many things you can learn in life are from your daily life. There are many things you can learn from nature as well. You just need to step out and look at it from another angle.

If you like this Kung Fu Panda quotes, I believe you will love my latest, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory Quotes, check it out.

Hope you enjoy these 16 life-changing and inspirational quotes from Kung Fu Panda.

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  1. kung fu panda saved my life, i aspire to be master shifu when i grow up!!!

    • shawnlim Reply

      Hello Mr Ping, I love Kung Fu Panda.
      Especially those meaningful quotes they used in the script.
      Very inspiring and very insightful.
      Cheers.. 🙂

      • omg……this has absolutely changed the way i viewed life, ever since i have read these my life has been turned from sitting on the couch playing fortnite from 11 at day to 11 at night. now i have a job as the ceo of apple in australia and i have 4 kids and a gorgeous wife and i live in a big white mansion, all i can say is thank you master oogway

  2. Amazing movie. I love it. Also, these quotes are very inspiring.

    • shawnlim Reply

      Hey Chetan, yup, amazing and great movies. And I love the quotes too!

    • shawnlim Reply

      Same goes for me. I love Oogway’s teachings.. lol

  3. “The mark of a true hero is humility.” – I like this one the most

    • shawnlim Reply

      Hi Nani, aww, humility can boost productivity and creativity.
      I missed out this one, thanks for reminding.. 🙂

  4. Farheen khan Reply

    I love kungfu panda movies because of these amazing qoutes and also kung fu panda 3

  5. sankar ganesh Reply

    You missed an ultimate OOGWAY quote from 3rd one.


    • dave piotrowski Reply

      is it also true that, the more you give the less you have !!

      • Melissa S. Reply

        Not in my opinion! The more you give the more you feel good inside and the more others give to you out of their appreciation!! You just have to remember to give to yourself as well 🙂

  6. I just love kung fu panda…I love the inspiring thoughts in the script….I didnt find any other movie in which so many inspiring thoughts are being used…Thanks shawnlim

    • shawnlim Reply

      Srishti, I love Kung Fu Panda too, all the 3 episodes. 🙂

    • Yeah, Kung Fu Panda is one of the animated movies I like so much. But I always compare it inspiring quotes to that from the Lion King – original.

  7. “you’ll never be more than you are” is what master shifu said

    • shawnlim Reply

      Hey, glad to hear that you find these Kung Fu Panda quotes helpful. Remember to share if you like it. Cheers. 🙂

  8. Thanks ..loved the quotes…so much wisdom packed in simple humor ..instead of heavy jargon.
    Great Job

    • shawnlim Reply

      Hey, thanks for your compliment. There will be more to come. 🙂

  9. You missed “one often meets his destiny on the road the takes to avoid it.” -master oogway

    • shawnlim Reply

      Aww, great one. Yea, I missed out, thanks for reminding. 🙂 I might add it in the next update. Thanks

  10. What is Master Oogway trying to say when he says “The more you take, the less you have.”?

    • shawnlim Reply

      I believe Master Oogway was trying to say about ‘detachment’. When we ‘over-attach’ ourselves to things, chasing the next shiny object and become materialistic, we wanted to own more. Thus, the more you take, the less you have.

      • The act of taking makes you selfish. When you are selfish, you are only thinking of yourself and thus closing yourself off from the rest of the world. Being closed off from the world causes you to have less of everything that matters. Because you will be so busy trying to prevent what was taken in the first place from being taken from you that you will have less trust, faith, and relationships.

  11. I am so thankful for these quotes and the Movies. They really opened my eyes.

    • shawnlim Reply

      Hi Lydia, thank you for leaving your comment here. I have got your comment amended. 🙂

  12. Thank you for post Kung Fu Panda movies are the most inspiring I have your quotes printed and pasted on my office walls !! also like the quote from Master Oogway about the Acorn can only become a mighty oak and not a cherry tree… its very powerful quote as we must let people be who they want to be, not who we want them to become or try to change them or force them to be like us.

  13. dave piotrowski Reply

    maybe if there where more givers in this world and less takers then we ALL would have more !!

  14. Lovely. Thank you for sharing us this remarkable wisdom words. 🙂

    • shawnlim Reply

      Great quotes from Kung Fu Panda right, I love them too. 🙂

      • Hey Shawn these are the great words from a movie or the writer of movie but it’s not done by just only reding them we had to put them on our lives but my question is that how could we put them in our lives

        • shawnlim Reply

          Hi Abhimanyu, the application may be a little subjective as these are just quotes with and ways of life. For me, sometimes I will relate these quotes to the events that are happening in my life. They give me “light” and inspiration to go on ahead against all the challenges. Sometimes it can be hard to relate to your daily life, but sometimes, things can be clear.

          • Abhimanyu

            Thanks Shawn for these great words for changing my life so much

  15. jv lupisan Reply

    I am a 51 year old man. this marks the day I change my life to what I truly feel. Thank you for such a great work!

  16. This movie, the music, the quotes, everything to it… it saved my life. Before i saw it and understood it, i was planing on killing myself, but then i saw this… it changed my life forever, i still cry watching it.

    • Shawn Lim Reply

      Wow, no kidding? Life’s beautiful my friend. 🙂

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  18. Hi, I am a headteacher and use Kung Fu Panda (and other film quotes and clips) regularly in assemblies to inspire the children. This is a great collection of quotes. Thank you.

    • Shawn Lim Reply

      Absolutely happy to hear this. Well, I love all the Kung Fu Panda series storyline myself. They are very inspirational. Whenever I face some tough times, I will remind myself of these quotes. Cheers

  19. Ian McBride Reply

    Love Kung Fu Panda! Greatest quotes in life! A good quote can make the darkest of days become a little brighter

  20. Rabiul Islam Reply

    I watched the part one several times,and I assumed it the best one.

  21. shivangi sharma Reply

    these words are so awesome.
    it made my day.
    thank you for sharing.

  22. Just perfect lines, especially by Master Shifu, and
    that rebel line from the lady “Get ready to dance with danger” made my day

  23. Tamzida Sraboni Reply

    To make something special, you just have to believe ” IT’S SPECIAL!!!! “

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  25. awesome quotes, im glad i watched kung fu panda as a child and learned that much!

    • Shawn Lim Reply

      I know right, great quotes from the movie series. 🙂

  26. Timmy Sanvictores Reply

    It’s supposed to be “If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you are now.”

    • Shawn Lim Reply

      Hi Tim, I have checked the movie script, and I want to say that you’re right. And I thank you for pointing out the mistake. And I’ve also changed the quote. Cheers.. 🙂

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  31. There is no secret ingredient, it’s just you!
    Believe in yourself.

  32. Hi Shawn, great article!
    My favourite is: “If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be more than you are now.”
    Would you mind if I use 3 of the quote images for a presentation where we share about Ai technology and that there’s always something for us to learn and to improve of.

    Thanks a lot!

    Michelle Chan

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