Bamboo Sayings and Quotes

Small but mighty, bamboo is often synonymous with unwavering strength. Highly adaptable, bamboo bends with the elements, but does not break. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful bamboo quotes.


Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.     

Bruce Lee

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.     

Japanese Proverb

Memory that yearns to join the center, a limb remembering the body from which it has been severed, like those bamboo thighs of the god.     

Derek Walcott

Give me a Japanese division armed with bamboo spears and I'll wipe out the entire Russian Far Eastern Army.     

Sadao Araki

Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom. The pine is evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, and elegant.     

Morihei Ueshiba

I wanted to inspire people not to work under a bamboo ceiling. Whatever you are — yellow, black, white, brown — you don't have to allow your skin to define who you are or how you operate your business. There's not one face to anything.     

Eddie Huang

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance.     

Jodi Picoult

The young bamboo can be easily bent, but the full grown bamboo breaks when it is bent with force. It is easy to bend the young heart towards God, but the untrained heart of the old escapes the hold whenever it is so drawn.     

Ramakrishna Paramahansa

And as a friend at a major American newspaper said to me when I complained about this tendency in his own paper, 'You know how these media narratives are. They’re like bamboo.' Meaning, once they start growing, you can’t kill them.     

George Weigel

You can learn from an ordinary bamboo leaf what ought to happen. It bends lower and lower under the weight of snow. Suddenly the snow slips to the ground without the leaf having stirred. Stay like that at the point of highest tension until the shot falls from you. So, indeed, it is: when the tension is fulfilled, the shot must fall, it must fall from the archer like snow from a bamboo leaf, before he even thinks it.     

Eugen Herrigel