My Way of Living with Master Oogway’s Quotes

Master oogway quotes

Master Oogway’s quotes can be life-changing if you live according to them. Yes, the turtle from kung fu panda. 

But, you may ask, what does a turtle have to offer?

We all need guidance to live a good life, but, according to some, following a character from a popular movie, ‘kung fu panda,’ is not that logical. 

But, if you think carefully and notice what Master Oogway wanted to offer, your perception may change. 

I live according to Master Oogway’s quotes and beliefs, which helped me understand life and control my stress and restlessness. 

We are all restless, running every day and not reaching anywhere. We are confused, tired and angry at the injustice that is led upon. 

In these times, sometimes a fictional character can guide you, show you paths where you will find peace and freedom from within and can have the strength to move forward even if it is the darkest time of your life.

10 Life Changing Quotes from Master Oogway- The Turtle From Kung Fu Panda

The tortoise was wise and calm. 

After watching the movie for the first time, I laughed and understood nothing about what Oogway taught. 

As I grew up, I understood the deep meaning behind master Oogway’s teachings. 

Today, I follow these quotes, which have led me to a better life. 

I accumulated the top 10 quotes from Master Oogway that inspired me the most. I hope it will do the same for you as well. 

1. “One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.”

Most of the time, we try to avoid the difficult path in life and choose the easiest. 

But, most often, the difficult road leads us to our goals. 

There was a time when I was working in an office. The problem was I wanted to write and read books and learn 3d modeling. 

It was a completely different path from what I was doing and will lead to losing my job. 

Therefore I tried to avoid this path as much as possible but couldn’t. 

Now after two years, here I am, writing, creating 3d models and jobless. But leaving my job was the best decision of my life, and I will never regret it.

2. “Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

turtle from kung fu panda

This is one of the most powerful kung fu panda series quotes. 

This quote taught me to focus on the present because this is our only truth. 

I don’t have control over the things already done, the people I lost or the mistakes I made. I also don’t have control over the things that are going to happen tomorrow. 

The only place where I can control things is in the present– right now. 

I can take action right now; I can write, sing, and play at this moment. The pity of today’s generation is that we don’t live now. 

We are always living in the future where we will have a good physique and earnings in millions or the past when everything was lost or where we made our greatest mistake. 

If you are doing something now, your brain is still in the future, worrying about the outcome.

3. “You just need to believe. You must believe.”

continue your journey

One can be talented and intelligent and also may be a person who works hard. 

But, if this person lacks belief in himself, he will fail eventually. 

We all can work at good times and dream of our goals and success. Once things get complicated and the darkness surrounds us, we start doubting ourselves. 

Once people start saying that it is impossible and you cannot do it, you start believing in it. 

Once you fail, you start doubting yourself. 

You stop going to the gym; you stop writing your book; you stop working for your startup; you stop being you because somebody out there told you it’s impossible because you failed repeatedly. 

Let me tell you this; you must fail; it’s a must. Without fail, there is no growth. It’s not who you are. 

You become successful once you believe in it. You must believe in yourself. 

4. “Maybe it can – if you are willing to guide it, to nurture it, to believe in it.”

kung fu panda quotes

Someday you will do wonders that you cannot imagine now. 

To do that, you have to believe in your path; you have to believe in yourself. 

My parents were not happy when I didn’t complete my studies; they were not happy when I quit my job and started writing blogs and books. 

They are my parents, and it is their job to worry about our future. They want the best for our life. 

I will not say I am successful and wealthy now, but I will be someday. 


Because I believe in my path, things will get even more challenging, I will fail, and people will look down on me, but know this, the more I will fail, the stronger I will rise.


Master Oogway may be an animated character, but the teachings cannot be more accurate. 

This is also true for someone you want to be successful but doesn’t believe in. 

Maybe that person can do it. It seems impossible now, but with your guidance and belief, they will reach their goals someday. 

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

senior master of the illusion of control

If you want to be something more, you need to do more. 

That’s logical, but we don’t even do what we can do. 

Every time we start doing something, things get better, and once adversities come, we quit. 

We go back to our older selves. 

If you want to build your character, become successful and get out of your limiting beliefs, you must push your boundaries. 

Unsuccessful people choose to quit when they hit their boundaries. 

But I am here to tell you this: the boundaries of your comfort zone matter the most. 

It will be difficult, hard work, and excruciating, but you will expand once you push those boundaries. 

The quote doesn’t mean you don’t do the same stuff repeatedly; it means the opposite. 

 It means you need to be disciplined, go to the gym despite you don’t feel like it, eat a healthy diet, despite you feeling like eating junk food. 

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

water my friend

The advice from master Oggway to master Shifu also applies to our lives. 

The worry and stress of the future make our brains foggy. It becomes difficult to see and think. 

Once a person focuses on his action and stops worrying about the outcome, his vision becomes clear. 

The same is also written in Bhagavad Gita, where Krishna advises Arjun to focus only on his action and not worry about the result. 

Once you worry about outcomes, you start to worry. Will you achieve your goals or not? What is going to happen? 

Your brain becomes agitated. 

Once you leave things to the universe and only do your job, things start to become clear.

7. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

agitated it becomes difficult

Your decision makes you who you are, not where you come from. 

You may be born into a low-income family or from a background where dreaming big is a crime. 

Perhaps, your environment doesn’t support women’s empowerment. 

In this case, you can cry over why you were born in this community or country, or you can make a decision and get out of it. 

You can become what you choose to be and not what others think. 

Ofcourse, it is easier said than done. 

But change takes great strength, and you need to be strong mentally to do what is right. 

I have seen people who don’t have legs or hands but still go to the gym and have a better physique than most of the people who do. 

They could have cried themselves into a corner but chose to fight.

Why can’t we?

8. “Look at this tree, Shifu. I cannot make it blossom when it suits me, nor make it bear fruit before its time.”

blossom when it suits

It doesn’t matter how much you wish for it; the sun will not rise before its time. 

Similarly, you can only reach your goals when the time is right. 

This teaching of master Oogway talks about patience. One needs to be patient in life. 

The universe is unfolding on its own, and you have a role to perform. 

Though you may want to unfold certain events sooner, that is outside your hand. 

You have to be patient while it unfolds. 

This doesn’t mean you can sit back and relax while watching the universe unfolding; it means the opposite. 

You have to perform your duties and work hard to reach your goals. 

You cannot reach your goals by sleeping on your bed all day; you need to move.

9. “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.”

master of destiny

The problem you are still unsuccessful is not because your father didn’t pay the money to start your business; it’s not because nobody supports your vision, and also not because your wife makes unhealthy food that keeps you out of your healthy diet. 

The problem is you. 

The only person who stands between you and your destiny is you. 

You can blame the circumstances, the person who cheated on you, or the environment for not teaching the good things in life. 

You can blame all you want, but nobody gives a dime about your complaints and excuses. 

You and only you can change your life and reach your goals. 

You are responsible for your success because no one is coming to save you. You are on your own. 

This is hard to swallow, but that’s life. You need to stand and keep moving forward. 

You have to put in the effort and grind day in and day out. 

Of course, you will fail and fall, but you must stand back up and move forward. 

10. “When the path you walk always leads back to yourself, you never get anywhere.”

kung fu panda

When you are on a path that doesn’t motivate you, which you have no interest in, like working in a 9-5 job that you never liked, you will never get anywhere in your life. 

You only walk on this path because you want to earn money and survive. 

In this path, there is no growth, satisfaction, or destiny. 

Because the path is a circle that will always lead back to you. 

It would be best if you walked on a path that is not a circle, the path that you are interested in and motivates you and makes you feel alive. 

Of course, the path will be difficult to walk, but you are going somewhere; you are going towards your destiny.


Master Oogway teaches most about staying in the present and focusing on your tasks. 

Our wise tortoise also talks about faith in oneself and commitment. 

The movie kung fu panda may be an animated kids’ movie for some, but for me, it taught me great things that my school failed to teach. 

Don’t worry about the result or outcome of your hard work. You keep doing what you believe in; it will be worth it one day. 

If you do this, you will see you’re not just attached only to your goals but to the process. 

You will love what you do, and life will be meaningful and simple.