The Karate Kid – Great Mr. Miyagi Quotes and Conversations

Mr. MiyagiOne of the greatest motion pictures in the history of film, if not the greatest. Growing up, this movie had a lot to do with who I am today. I connected with Daniel on a level that only one friend of mine that I know of, also did. We both took the same lessons from the film. Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel the importance of having friends, knowing himself, and going out to dances. Of experiencing life. Of knowing what is actually worth fighting for, and when it is the right time to fight. About love and hate, acceptance and revenge. On doing what needs to be done, even when it doesn’t seem like it should be done at the time.

Daniel: Hey – you ever get into fights when you were a kid?
Miyagi: Huh – plenty.
Daniel: Yeah, but it wasn’t like the problem I have, right?
Miyagi: Why? Fighting fighting. Same same.
Daniel: Yeah, but you knew karate.
Miyagi: Someone always know more.
Daniel: You mean there were times when you were scared to fight?
Miyagi: Always scare. Miyagi hate fighting.
Daniel: Yeah, but you like karate.
Miyagi: So?
Daniel: So, karate’s fighting. You train to fight.
Miyagi: That what you think?
Daniel: [pondering] No.
Miyagi: Then why train?
Daniel: [thinks] So I won’t have to fight.
Miyagi: [laughs] Miyagi have hope for you.

Miyagi: Your friend, all karate student, eh?
Daniel: Friend? Oh, yeah, those guys.
Miyagi: Problem: attitude.
Daniel: No the problem is, I’m getting my ass kicked every other day, that’s the problem.
Miyagi: Hai, because boys have bad attitude. Karate for defense only.
Daniel: That’s not what these guys are taught.
Miyagi: Hai — can see. No such thing a bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.
Daniel: Oh, great, that solves everything for me. I’ll just go down to the school and straighten it out with the teacher, no problem.
Miyagi: Now use head for something other than target.

[Miyagi karate-chops the tops off three beer bottles]
Daniel: How did you do that? How did you do that?
Miyagi: Don’t know. First time.

Miyagi: We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say, you do, no questions.

Miyagi: Oh, Daniel-san, you too much by self, not good.
Daniel: I’m not by myself, I’m with you.
Miyagi: To make honey, young bee need young flower…not old prune.