Kobe Bryant’s 14 most inspirational quotes and moments from his auto-documentary, ‘Muse’

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Kobe Bryant will have both of his numbers retired on Monday night during a ceremony when the Los Angeles Lakers face the Golden State Warriors.

During Kobe’s final season, he released an auto-documentary, “Muse,” a film that took a look at many of the challenges Kobe faced in his career.

From moving back to the United States as a teenager and barely being able to write English, to skipping college, to troubles with his marriage, and the struggle to prove he could succeed without Shaquille O’Neal as a teammate, there were many trials and tribulations during his 20 NBA seasons.

The constant struggles provided Bryant with numerous moments of inspiration for himself that could also be used by others.

Here are the best quotes and moments from “Muse.”

This post first appeared on Business Insider during the 2015-16 NBA season.


On success.

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On constantly moving around as a child as his dad played professional basketball in Europe.

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On playing with rage.

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On skipping college and going straight from high school to the NBA.

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On making sacrifices.

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After winning his first championship.

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After winning his fifth ring, he was still in the gym when most other players are partying.

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On “The Black Mamba,” an alter-ego he created to help him deal with the struggles in his life off the court.

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Read more: Kobe Bryant created an alter-ego as a way to separate his personal and professional lives


On failure.

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In the moments prior to playing in his first game following an Achilles’s injury that would have ended the career of most, Kobe reflected between two photos of Magic Johnson.

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On becoming one of the best ever.

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On the mental challenge of injuries.

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On keeping his body in shape at his age.

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On being the best.

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