25 Kung Fu Grasshopper Quotes From The 1970s TV Show

Anusuya Mukherjee
Dec 12, 2023 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Feb 03, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Young man practicing martial arts.

'Kung Fu' is an American martial arts TV series.

Kwai Chang Caine is the grasshopper in this TV series. Master Po gave his disciple this famous nickname.

Master Po also once told Caine to choose wisely in life. This TV series aired on television since 1972 and after a stint of three seasons and 63 episodes, it ended in 1975. David Carradine portrayed the famous fictional character of the Grasshopper.

You may love this show even now. The strength of each episode lies in what it taught the people about their inner weakness and strength.

Each episode found itself in a philosophical pool that people of any age can enjoy and share with a friend or two. You learn many things such as patience and strength as Grasshopper did. Plus, David Carradine told Grasshopper to choose wisely when picking his pet name as a young man.

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Best 'Kung Fu' Grasshopper Quotes

Here are the best young grasshopper quotes.

1."Kan: Deal with evil through strength. But affirm the good in man through trust. In this way we are prepared for evil, but we encourage good.

Young KCC: And is good a great reward for trusting? ... What is greater than good?

Kan: Love."

- 'Kung Fu'.

2. "KCC: Master, as I walk these roads, are there none I may call on for help, when I need help?

Po: None."

- 'Kung Fu'.

3. "It was the truth. To say less would dishonor the respect for truth, which she has won at such great cost."

- Kwai Chang Caine.

4. "Young KCC: But Lee-You is gone.

Po: Is he not still here, labor upon labor, piece by piece, beauty upon beauty. Is it but a monument, or is it the man himself?"

- 'Kung Fu'.

5. "Young KCC: The stick is straight. Yet in the water it seems to bend … Is what I see so unimportant?

Po: Do you not know that what you see is made of reflections, sent back to your eyes? Like a ball thrown against a wall."

- 'Kung Fu'.

6. "We learn to make powerful the force of our bodies. Yet we are taught to reverence all against whom we may use such force."

- Kwai Chang Caine.

7. "Heaven and earth are one. So must we seek a discipline of mind and body within ourselves."

- Kwai Chang Caine.

8. "Kan: When your life is threatened, or the innocent life of another, you will be prepared to defend them.

KCC: Being thus prepared better than others, should I not always stand and fight?"

- 'Kung Fu'.

9. "KCC: May I ask, master? When I leave the temple, what will be expected of me?

Po: To walk the roads of the land, and use what you have learned for the needs and benefit of the people."

- 'Kung Fu'.

10. "Kan: Seek always peace. Wear no paths for the footsteps of others, unless the soul is endangered. We are all linked by our souls. To endanger one, endangers all.

KCC: And if thus endangered?

Kan: In such times, the soul must be the warrior."

- 'Kung Fu'.

11. "A man can be broken ... By a strength outside, greater than himself. Or a weakness inside, which he cannot understand."

- Kwai Chang Caine.

12. "Lee-You: But I cannot read or write. What can I teach anyone?

Young KCC: Master Po said you had found both great wisdom and great happiness. And if I observed you, I might learn what they are."

- 'Kung Fu'.

13. "Po: You have said farewell?

Young KCC: As best I could.

Po: Death has had no victory, Grasshopper."

- 'Kung Fu'.

14. "Young KCC: It belonged to the man who saved my father's life.

Po: And may perhaps, one day, permit you to pay the debt your father owed to this man ... As a son inherits his father's goods, so he inherits his debts."

- 'Kung Fu'.

15. "Young KCC: Master? The man to whom you spoke, Lee-You? Is he a confused one?

Po: He seeks to satisfy a stronger hunger … Not to understand a man’s purpose does not make him confused."

- 'Kung Fu'.

16. "Master Po: Between father and son, there is a bridge which neither time nor death can shatter. Each stands at one end, needing to cross and meet.

Caine: But he is dead.

Master Po: The bridge of which I speak, Grasshopper, is your love for him."

- 'Kung Fu'.

17. "Learning does not have any age restriction."

- Kwai Chang Caine.

18. "Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear? ... Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet?

Caine: No. Old man, how is it that you hear these things?

Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?"

- 'Kung Fu'.

19. "Lee-You: You are not paid. The work is hard. Why do you continue?

Young KCC: I have not learned what Master Po wishes me to learn."

- 'Kung Fu'.

Important Quotes By Other Characters in 'Kung Fu'

Here are some of the best quotes by other characters from the 'Kung Fu' TV show. These quotes can help you understand life and teach better wisdom, time and again to both old and young ones.

20. "Still water is like glass. It is the perfect level … The heart of a wise man is tranquil and still....The glass of everything...You look into it, and see yourself."

- Kan.

21. "Grasshopper, seek first to know your own journeys beginning and end...But in this seeking, know patience."

- Master Po.

22. "Learn more ways to preserve, than to destroy....for all life is precious. Nor can any be replaced."

- Kan.

23. "But how can you control such a thing as a friendship? It is well to consider deeply, before binding yourself to an ideal, cause, or a man."

- Kan.

24. "Humility may lead to meanness, But vanity may lead to violence."

- Master Po.

25. "The purpose of discipline is to live more fully, not less."

- Master Po.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for kung fu grasshopper quotes then why not take a look at [humility quotes], and Karate quotes.

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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