Bruce Lee Quotes

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I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
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Bruce Lee
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Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one
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Bruce Lee
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Are you out of your goddamn mind? You think we can take on two hundred soldiers? I know I am an extremely attractive man, J, but I am not Bruce Lee.” β€œWho’s Bruce Lee?” β€œWho’s Bruce Lee?” Kenji asks, horrified. β€œOh my God. We can’t even be friends anymore.” β€œWhy? Was he a friend of yours?” β€œYou know what,” he says, β€œjust stop. Justβ€”I can’t even talk to you right now.
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Tahereh Mafi (Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3))
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Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
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Bruce Lee
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Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
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Bruce Lee
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Be happy, but never satisfied.
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Don't fear failure. β€” Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
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Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
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I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.
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Bruce Lee
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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
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Bruce Lee
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A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
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Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
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If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
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It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.
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Bruce Lee
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To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
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Bruce Lee
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Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
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Bruce Lee
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The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.
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She’s like Bruce Lee, the Hulk and Neo from The Matrix all rolled in to one.
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Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1))
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The doubters said, "Man can not fly," The doers said, "Maybe, but we'll try," And finally soared In the morning glow While non-believers Watched from below.
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Bruce Lee
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You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.
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Bruce Lee
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If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
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Bruce Lee
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Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it.
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Bruce Lee
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Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
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Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
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Bruce Lee
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A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.
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Bruce Lee
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Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.
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Bruce Lee
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For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.
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Bruce Lee
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If there is a God, he is within. You don't ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.
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Bruce Lee
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If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
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Bruce Lee
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As you think, so shall you become.
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Now I see that I will never find the light Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself.
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Bruce Lee
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Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
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Bruce Lee
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The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way)
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Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely- lay your life before him!!
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Bruce Lee
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Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
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Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.
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Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot
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Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing.
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Bruce Lee
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Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.
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Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves. This difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization is very important. Most people live only for their image
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β€ŽThe successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
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Bruce Lee
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The More we value things, the less we value ourselves
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Bruce Lee
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Self-knowledge involves relationship. To know oneself is to study one self in action with another person. Relationship is a process of self evaluation and self revelation. Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself - to be is to be related.
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Bruce Lee
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Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.
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Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.
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The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a patter of systems.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living (The Bruce Lee library))
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Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.
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Bruce Lee
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To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.
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Bruce Lee
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All knowledge leads to self-knowledge.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.
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Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.
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Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.
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It's like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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Boards don't hit back.
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Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient. Thus the tensed expert marksman will aim at a level less than his/her student.
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Bruce Lee
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Real living is living for others.
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Bruce Lee
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Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee β€” Wisdom for the Way)
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The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.
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Bruce Lee
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Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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If you think a thing is impossible,you'll only make it impossible.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Obey the principles without being bound by them.
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Bruce Lee
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To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
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Bruce Lee
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Who's Bruce Lee?" Kenji asks, horrified. "Oh my God. We can't even be friends anymore.
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Tahereh Mafi (Ignite Me (The Juliette Chronicles, #3))
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The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.
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Bruce Lee
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If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
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Bruce Lee
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It is compassion rather than the principle of justice which can guard us against being unjust to our fellow men.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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In Buddhism, there is no place for using effort. Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water and when you're tired go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Don't think. FEEL. It's like a finger pointing at the moon. Do not concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all of the heavenly glory.
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Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.
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You cannot force the Now. β€” But can you neither condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on? You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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All these years later, people still wonder about how Bruce died. I prefer to remember how he lived.
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Linda Lee Cadwell (The Life And Tragic Death Of Bruce Lee)
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Effort within the mind further limits the mind, because effort implies struggle towards a goal and when you have a goal, a purpose, an end in view, you have placed a limit on the mind.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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If I tell you I'm good, probably you will say I'm boasting. But if I tell you I'm not good, you'll know I'm lying.
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Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
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Bruce Lee
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The possession of anything begins in the mind.
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Bruce Lee
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Relationship is understanding. It is a process of self-revelation. Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself -- to be is to be related.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.
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Bruce Lee
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If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow -- you are not understanding yourself.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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The world is full of people who are determined to be somebody or to give trouble. They want to get ahead, to stand out. Such ambition has no use for a gung fu man, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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And you should warn him that if he hurts you, I will scissor kick him in the nuts.Β  Tell him, okay? You tell him that.Β  Because I mean it.Β  I’ll go all kinds of Bruce Lee on his tasty ass.
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Michelle Leighton (Up to Me (The Bad Boys, #2))
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In the middle of chaos lies opportunity--Bruce Lee
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I am not afraid of a person who knows 10000 kicks. But I am afraid of a person who knows one kick but practices it for 10000 times.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee β€” Wisdom for the Way)
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To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.
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Bruce Lee
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In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.
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Knowledge earns you power, character earns you respect.
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Only the self-sufficient stand alone - most people follow the crowd and imitate.
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Bruce Lee
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The word "superstar" is an ilusion
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All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
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Bruce Lee
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...if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.
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Bruce Lee
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Linda and I aren't one and one. We are two halves that make a whole -- two halves fitted together are more efficient than either half would ever be alone!
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water is fearless,you put water into a cup,it becomes the cup ,you put water into a teapot it becomes the teapot,water can flow drip ,creap,or crash!
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Bruce Lee
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Using no way as way. Having no limitation as your only limitation.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
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Bruce Lee
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The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.
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Bruce Lee
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Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.
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Bruce Lee
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But neither can you condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on. You can never invite the wind but you must leave the window open.
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Bruce Lee
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Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
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Bruce Lee
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Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Be water, my friend.
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The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all. He lives only in what is.
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Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-conciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.
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Bruce Lee
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Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you're tired, go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand.
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Bruce Lee
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Having totality means being capable of following "what is," because "what is" is constantly moving and constantly changing. If one is anchored to a particular view, one will not be able to follow the swift movement of "what is.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.
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Bruce Lee
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As long as I can remember I feel I have had this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. My brain becomes magnetized with this dominating force which I hold in my hand.
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Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man etc. Then he becomes a slave to the patter and takes the pattern to be the real thing.
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...we have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We cannot derive a sense of absolute certitude from anything which has its roots in us. The most poignant sense of insecurity comes from standing alone and we are not alone when we imitate. It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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I'm moving and not moving at all. I'm like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking. It is not, "I am doing this," but rather, an inner realization that "this is happening through me," or "it is doing this for me." The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Emotion can be the enemy, if you give into your emotion, you lose yourself. You must be at one with your emotions, because the body always follows the mind.
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Bruce Lee
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Satori - in the awakening from a dream. Awakening and self-realization and seeing into one's own being - these are synonymous.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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Voidness is that which stands right in the middle between this and that. The void is all-inclusive, having no opposite--there is nothing which it excludes or opposes. It is living void, because all forms come out of it and whoever realizes the void is filled with life and power and the love of all beings.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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As the martial artist and actor Bruce Lee said, β€œI fear not the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times.
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Daniel Coyle (The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills)
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if you want to be immortal live a life worth remembering
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Bruce Lee
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To express oneself honestly, not lying to oneselfβ€”that, my friend, is very hard to do.
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Bruce Lee
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One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity. β€”BRUCE LEE
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Timothy Ferriss (The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded And Updated: Expanded And Updated, With Over 100 New Pages Of Cutting Edge Content)
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Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless β€” like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
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Bruce Lee
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Practice makes perfect. After a long time of practicing, our work will become natural, skillfull, swift, and steady.
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Bruce Lee
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In Life There are No Limits, Only Plateaus.
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Bruce Lee
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Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for a difficult on with the strength to endure it.
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Bruce Lee
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Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strange confidence.
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Bruce Lee
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Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I'll not willingly offend, nor be easily offended.
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Bruce Lee
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Boards, don't hit back. ~Bruce Lee
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Bruce Lee
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Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.
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Bruce Lee
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If you truly love life, don't waste time because time is what life is made of.
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Bruce Lee
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To see a thing uncolored by one’s own personal preferences and desires is to see it in its own pristine simplicity.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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It is not a shame to be knocked down by other people. The important thing is to ask when you're being knocked down, 'Why am I being knocked down?' If a person can reflect in this way, then there is hope for this person.
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Bruce Lee
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Be like water making its way through crack. Do not be assertive but adjust to the object and you shall find a way round it or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid outward thigs will disclose themselves. Moving be like water. Still be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
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Bruce Lee
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Jeet Kune Do, you see, has no definite lines or boundaries β€” only those you make yourself.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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To free one’s self from preconceived notions, prejudices, and conditioned responses is essential to understanding truth and reality.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living (Bruce Lee Library))
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The most dangerous person is the one who listens, thinks and observes
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Bruce Lee
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If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you.
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Bruce Lee
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A conditioned mind is never a free mind.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Artist of Life)
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The disease of philosophy. - Philosophy is itself the disease for which it pretends to be the cure: the wise man does not pursue wisdom but lives his life, and therein precisely does his wisdom lie.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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Tidak ada yang jagoan di bumi ini, sekalipun dia seorang Bruce Lee atau Old Shatterhand. Lelaki memang harus keras, tapi bukan berarti kekerasan. Keras dalam arti menghadapi hidup dan menggeluti hidup yang serba susah ini. Lelaki memang harus begitu.
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Gola Gong (Balada Si Roy 1: Joe)
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There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every movement in Jeet Kune-Do is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Ricorda, amico mio, che non Γ¨ tanto importante quello che ti succede, ma come reagisci agli eventi.
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Bruce Lee (Il Tao del Dragone: Verso la liberazione del corpo e dell'anima)
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My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.
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Anger should be expressed. -Β Any anger that is not comingΒ out, flowing freely, will turn into sadism, power drive, stammering, and other means of torturing.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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Put 'going the extra mile' to work as part of one's daily habit.
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Bruce Lee
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Don't fear failure...in great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
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When the opponent expand, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And, when there is an opportunity, I do not hit - it hits all by itself.
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Bruce Lee
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Learn the principles, abide by the principles, and then dissolve the principles.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Artist of Life)
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There is β€œwhat is” only when there is no comparing and to live with β€œwhat is” is to be peaceful.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing you will never get it done
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To know, but to be as though not knowing, is the height of wisdom.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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It is futile to argue as to which single leaf, which design of branch, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all its blossoming.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living (Bruce Lee Library))
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Masters in all branches of art must first be masters in living, for the soul creates everything.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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showing off is the fools's idea of glory.
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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward you goal.
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Bruce Lee
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Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease, when the mind is obsessed with it.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Artist of Life)
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I wish neither to possess nor to be possessed. I no longer covet 'paradise'. More important, I no longer fear 'hell'. The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it, until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, consuming myself.
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Bruce Lee
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Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win, but never to accept the way to lose, to accept defeat, to learn to die is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind, and learn the art of dying.
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Bruce Lee
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I am not afraid of an opponent who practiced ten thousand kicks once. What I am afraid of is an opponent who practiced one kick, ten thousand times
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Bruce Lee
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Relationship is a process of self-revelation.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Artist of Life)
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Never try to copy a successful personality.
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Bruce Lee
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To doubt is to think, and thought is the only thing in the universe whose existence cannot be denied, because to deny is to think.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Artist of Life (Bruce Lee Library))
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Action is a highroad to self-esteem.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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The enemy of development is this pain phobia - the unwillingness to do a tiny bit of suffering.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” -Bruce Lee
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James Chalk (The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures #1))
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To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon: An Anthology of Bruce Lee's Correspondence with Family, Friends, and Fans 1958-1973 (The Bruce Lee Library))
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To understand techniques, you must learn that they contain a lot of condensed movement.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do: New Expanded Edition)
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Use no way as way, make no limitation, limitation.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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It doesn't matter you were born as Legend But what does matter is Legendary End. Think About It.
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Bruce Lee
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Under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family.
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Bruce Lee
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When the ultimate perfection is attained, the body and limbs perform by themselves what is assigned to them to do with no interference from the mind. The
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Artist of Life (Bruce Lee Library))
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Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure the difficult one
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Bruce Lee
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I don't fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks but the man who has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times!
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Bruce Lee
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The attitude, β€œYou can win if you want to badly enough,” means that the will to win is constant. No amount of punishment, no amount of effort, no condition is too β€œtough” to take in order to win. Such an attitude can be developed only if winning is closely tied to the practitioner’s ideals and dreams.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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True mastery transcends any particular art. It stems from mastery of oneself--the ability, developed through self-discipline, to be calm, fully aware, and completely in tune with oneself and the surroundings. Then, and only then, can a person know himself.
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Bruce Lee
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The best fighter is not a Boxer, Karate or Judo man. The best fighter is someone who can adapt on any style. He kicks too good for a Boxer, throws too good for a Karate man, and punches too good for a Judo man.
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Bruce Lee
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The ideal is unnatural naturalness, or natural unnaturalness. I mean it is a combination of both. I mean here is natural instinct and here is control. You are to combine the two in harmony. Not if you have one to the extreme, you'll be very unscientific. If you have another to the extreme, you become, all of a sudden, a mechanical man No longer a human being. It is a successful combination of both. That way it is a process of continuing growth. Be water, my friend.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Artist of Life)
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The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose. Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart; if you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between β€œfor” and β€œagainst” is the mind’s worst disease.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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I fear not the man that can throw a thousand different kicks once, but the man who can throw one kick a thousand times.
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Bruce Lee
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The essential quality of living life lies simply in the living.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Artist of Life)
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Always be yourself and have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and try to duplicate it.
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Bruce Lee
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There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you.
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Bruce Lee
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A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously.
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Bruce Lee
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Loneliness is an opportunity to find yourself. In solitude, you are least alone.
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Bruce Lee
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Reject external form that fails to express internal reality.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning, but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel.
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Bruce Lee
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Don't neglect life by worrying about Death. - I don't know what is the meaning of death, but I am not afraid to die - and I go on, non-stop, going forward [with life]. Even though, I, Bruce Lee, may die some day without fulfilling all of my ambitions, I will have no regrets. I did what I wanted to do and what I've done, I've done with sincerity and to the best of my ability. You can't expect much more from life.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
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Bruce Lee
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The martial arts are based upon understanding, hard work and a total comprehension of skills. Power training and the use of force are easy, but total comprehension of all of the skills of the martial arts is very difficult to achieve.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do: New Expanded Edition)
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Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.
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Bruce Lee
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Goals give life substance. - To strive actively to achieve some goal gives your life meaning and substance.
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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The more restricted a method, the lesser the opportunity for one's individual freedom of expression.
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Bruce Lee (Bruce Lee: Artist of Life)
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What you must not do now is to worry and think of the Nationals that is now of the past. What you HABITUALLY THINK largely determines what you will become. Remember, success is a journey, not a destination. I have faith in your ability. You will do just fine.
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Bruce Lee (Letters of the Dragon)
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...good technique includes quick changes, great variety and speed. It may be a system of reversals much like a concept of God and the Devil. In the speed of events, which one is really in charge?...to put the heart of martial arts inyour own heart and have it be a part of you means total comprehension and the use of a free style. When you have that you will know that there are no limits.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Where some people have a self, most people have a void, because they are too busy in wasting their vital creative energy to project themselves as this or that, dedicating their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like rather than actualizing their potentiality as a human being
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Bruce Lee (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living)
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We have great work ahead of us, and it needs devotion and much, much energy. To grow, to discover, we need involvement, which is something I experience every day β€” sometimes good, sometimes frustrating. No matter what, you must let your inner light guide you out of the darkness.
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Bruce Lee
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Honestly expressing yourself...it is very difficult to do. I mean it is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky and be flooded with a cocky feeling and then feel like pretty cool...or I can make all kind of phony things, you see what I mean, blinded by it or I can show you some really fancy movement. But to express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself...now that, my friend, is very hard to do.
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Bruce Lee
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He who knows not, knows not, he knows not, he is a fool shun him. He who knows not and he knows not, he is simple teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows, he is asleep, awaken him. He who knows and knows that he knows, he is wise, follow him.
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Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)
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Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else; it'll spread over into the rest of your life. It'll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being... There are NO limits. There are plateus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.
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Bruce Lee