The Wisdom of Master Oogway (from Kung Fu Panda)


I watched Kung Fu Panda 3 recently. It was a fun movie, better than the second, but not as good as the first. My favourite character, though, remains Master Oogway – the elderly tortoise who was master of the Jade Palace. Here are some of his words of wisdom from the various films:

“My friend, the panda will never fulfill his destiny, nor you yours, until you let go of the illusion of control.”

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

” Quit, don’t quit… Noodles, don’t noodles… You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

” I fear they will all lose. Until they find a battle worth fighting.”

And this exchange from the first movie:

Shifu: Master! I have… it’s very bad news! 
Oogway: Ah, Shifu. There is just news. There is no good or bad. 
Shifu: Master, your vision. Your vision was right! Tai-Lung has broken out of prison! He’s on his way! 
Oogway: That IS bad news. 


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