The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid quotes

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Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
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John Kreese: We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, in the streets, in competition. A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy. What is the problem, Mr. Lawrence?


Daniel LaRusso: How come you didn't tell me?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Tell you what?
Daniel LaRusso: That you knew karate?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: You never ask?
Daniel LaRusso: Well, where did you learn it?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Father.
Daniel LaRusso: But I thought he was a fisherman.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: In Okinawa, all Miyagi know two things: fish and karate. Karate come from China, sixteenth century, called te, "hand". Hundred year later, Miyagi ancestor bring to Okinawa, call karate. "empty hand".
Daniel LaRusso: I always thought it came from Buddhist temples and stuff like that.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: You too much TV.
Daniel LaRusso: That what my mother tells me.

Daniel-san, you bunch of humor!

[repeated line to Daniel] Look eye! Always look eye!

To make honey, young bee need young flower, not old prune.

Tommy: Get him a body bag, yeah!

Johnny Lawrence: You're all right, LaRusso. [handing Daniel the tournament trophy]

John Kreese: Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it?
Cobra Kai: No, Sensei!
John Kreese: Pain does not exist in this dojo, does it?
Cobra Kai: No, Sensei!
John Kreese: Defeat does not exist in this dojo, does it?
Cobra Kai: No, Sensei!
John Kreese: Prepare! What do we study here?
Cobra Kai: The way of the fist, sir!
John Kreese: And what is that way?
Cobra Kai: Strike first, strike hard, no mercy, sir!
John Kreese: I can't hear you!
Cobra Kai: Strike first, strike hard, no mercy, sir!

Dutch: Looking for a shortcut back to Newark, Daniel?
Tommy: I think he wants to learn karate! Right?
Johnny Lawrence: Yeah! Okay, here's your first lesson: how to take a fall!
Dutch: Don't think about the pain.

Daniel LaRusso: This damn bike. I hate this bike. I hate this frigging bike. Stupid bike.
Lucille LaRusso: Daniel! What's the matter? Why did you throw your bike away?
Daniel LaRusso: Because I felt like it, Mum.

Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Fighting always answer to problem.
Daniel LaRusso: No offense, Mr Miyajee, but I don't think you understand my problem...
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: [interrupting] Mi... ya... gi... understand problem perfect. Your friend, all karate student, eh?
Daniel LaRusso: Friend? Oh, yeah, those guys.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Problem: attitude.
Daniel LaRusso: No the problem is, I'm getting my ass kicked every other day, that's the problem.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Because boys have bad attitude. Karate for defense only.
Daniel LaRusso: That's not what these guys are taught.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Hai - can see. No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.
Daniel LaRusso: Oh, great, that solves everything for me. I'll just go down to the school and straighten it out with the teacher, no problem.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Now use head for something other than target.
Daniel LaRusso: Hey, I was just kidding about that.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Why kidding?
Daniel LaRusso: Because I'll get killed if I go down there.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Get killed anyway.

Daniel LaRusso: Hey, what kind of belt do you have?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Canvas. J.C. Penny. Three ninety-eight. You like. [laughs]
Daniel LaRusso: No, I meant...
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants. [laughs; then, seriously] Daniel-san, karate here. [taps his head] Karate here. [taps his heart] Karate never here. [points to his belt] Understand?
Daniel LaRusso: I think so.

Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel LaRusso: Yeah, I guess so.
Mr, Kesuke Miyagi: [sighs] Daniel-san, must talk. [they both kneel] Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later, [makes squish gesture] get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do "yes", or karate do "no". You karate do "guess so", [makes squish gesture] just like grape. Understand?
Daniel LaRusso: Yeah, I understand.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel LaRusso: Yeah, I'm ready.
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: First make sacred pact. I promise teach karate. That my part. You promise learn. I say, you do, no questions. That your part.

Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on...
Daniel LaRusso: Hey, why do I have to...?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!
Daniel LaRusso: Yeah, but...
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Hai! [makes circular gestures with each hand] Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out of mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important. [walks away, still making circular motions with hands] Wax on... wax off. Wax on... wax off.
Daniel LaRusso: Hey where do these old cars come from?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Detroit.

Daniel LaRusso: Wouldn't a fly swatter be easier?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Man who catch fly with chopsticks accomplish anything.
Daniel LaRusso: Ever catch one?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Not yet.