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Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick. Bruce Lee
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To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Bruce Lee
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With every adversity comes a blessing because a shock acts as a reminder to oneself that we must not get stale in routine. Bruce Lee
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When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. Bruce Lee
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Conditioning obstructs our view of reality. We do not see IT in its suchness because of our indoctrination, crooked and twisted. Bruce Lee
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The Western approach to reality is mostly through theory, and theory begins by denying reality - to talk about reality, to go around reality, to catch anything that attracts our sense-intellect and abstract it away from reality itself. Thus philosophy begins by saying that the outside world is not a basic fact, that its existence can be doubted and that every proposition in which the reality of the outside world is affirmed is not an evident proposition but one that needs to be divided, dissected and analyzed. It is to stand consciously aside and try to square a circle. Bruce Lee
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To contemplate a thing implies maintaining oneself OUTSIDE it, resolved to keep a distance between it and ourselves. Bruce Lee
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To realize freedom the mind has to learn to look at life, which is a vast movement, without the bondage of time , for freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness care for watching, but don't stop and interpret "I am free," then you're living in a memory of something that has gone before. Bruce Lee
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Remember... you are expressing the technique, not doing the technique. Bruce Lee
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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. Bruce Lee
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To me defeat in anything is merely temporary. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth. Bruce Lee
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Zen is not "attained" by mirror-wiping mediation, but by "self-forgetfulness in the existential 'present' of life here and now." We do not "come", we "are." Don't strive to become, but be. 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. Bruce Lee
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Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in man. Bruce Lee
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Nowadays you don't go around on the street kicking people, punching people - because if you do, well that's it - I don't care how good you are. Bruce Lee
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Soon my fists began to swell from hitting his hard head. Right then I realized Wing Chun was not too practical and began to alter my way of fighting. Bruce Lee
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When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow - you are not understanding yourself. Bruce Lee
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A self-willed man obeys a different law, the one law I, too, hold absolutely sacred - the human law in himself, his own individual will. Bruce Lee
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The change is from inner to outer. - We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions. Bruce Lee
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Cease negative mental chattering. - If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed. 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. Bruce Lee
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What comes after victory? Why do people value victory so much? What is 'glory'? What kind of victory is 'glorious'? 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. Bruce Lee
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There's only one basic principle of self-defense- you must apply the most effective weapon, as soon as possible, to the most vulnerable target. Bruce Lee
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To take responsibility for one's own actions, good and bad, is something else. Bruce Lee
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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. Bruce Lee
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To be what I term a 'quality' human being one has to be transparently real and have the courage to be what he is. Bruce Lee
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Know the difference between a catastrophe and an inconvenience. - To realize that it's just an inconvenience, that it is not a catastrophe, but just an unpleasantness, is part of coming into your own, part of waking up. Bruce Lee
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Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal. Bruce Lee
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Jeet Kune Do favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms and since Jeet Kune Do has no style, it can fit in with all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is bound by none and, likewise, uses any techniques which serve its end. Bruce Lee
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Do not run away; let go. Do not seek; for it will come when least expected. Bruce Lee
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There is no such thing as maturity. There is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing. Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That's the end. That's when the coffin is closed. You might be deteriorating physically in the long process of aging, but your personal process of daily discovery is ongoing. You continue to learn more and more about yourself every day. Bruce Lee
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If one loves, one need not have an ideology of love. Bruce Lee
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Sorrows are our best educator. A man can see further through a tear than a telescope. Bruce Lee
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Each moment that passes changes you...You can't even own yourself. How can you ever hope to own anyone or anything else. Bruce Lee
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Learning is definitely not mere imitation, nor is it the ability to accumulate and regurgitate fixed knowledge. Learning is a constant process of discovery - a process without end. Bruce Lee
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I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude. Bruce Lee
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The past is an illusion. You must learn to live in the present and accept yourself for what you are now. What you lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge and constant practice. Bruce Lee
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Truth cannot be structured or confined. Bruce Lee
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The meaning of life is that it is to be lived. Bruce Lee
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I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself. Bruce Lee
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A powerful athlete is not a strong athlete, but one who can exert his strength quickly. Since power equals force times speed, if the athlete learns to make faster movements he increases his power, even though the contractile pulling strength of his muscles remains unchanged. Thus, a smaller man who can swing faster may hit as hard or as far as the heavier man who swings slowly. Bruce Lee
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Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing. Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Awareness has no frontier; it is giving of your whole being, without exclusion. Bruce Lee
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A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard. Bruce Lee
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There's only one basic principle of self-defense- you must apply the most effective weapon, as soon as possible, to the most vulnerable target. Bruce Lee
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Nothingness cannot be defined; the softest thing cannot be snapped. Bruce Lee
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When you feel pain, you know that you are still alive. Bruce Lee
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Ideas are the beginning of all achievement. Bruce Lee
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By adopting a certain physical posture, a resonant chord is struck in spirit. Bruce Lee
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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. Bruce Lee
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One great cause of failure is lack of concentration. Bruce Lee
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When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style. Bruce Lee
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Do not have an attitude, open yourself and focus yourself and express yourself. Reject external form that fails to express internal reality. Bruce Lee
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I believe in having a few pupils at one time as it requires a constant alert observation of each individual in order to establish a direct relationship. A good teacher can never be fixed in a routine... each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting. Bruce Lee
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Though they play an important role in the early stages, the techniques should not be too mechanical, complex, or restrictive. Remember, you are expressing the techniques and not doing the techniques. When attacked, your response is not technique 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-rather you simply move in like sound and echo, without any deliberation. React as when I throw something to you, you catch it. Nothing else. Bruce Lee
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Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it. Bruce Lee
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Efficiency is anything that scores. Bruce Lee
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Understanding requires not just a moment of perception, but a continuous awareness, a continuous state of inquiry without conclusion Bruce Lee
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The principle of martial arts is not a thing that can be learned, like a science, by fact-finding and instruction in facts. It has to grow spontaneously, like a flower, in a mind free from emotions and desires. Bruce Lee
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Learning is a constant process of discovery - a process without end. Bruce Lee
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The deluded mind is the mind affectively burdened by intellect. Thus, it cannot move without stopping and reflecting on itself. This obstructs its native fluidity. Bruce Lee
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Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot Bruce Lee
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Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. Bruce Lee
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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. Bruce Lee
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The possession of anything begins in the mind. Bruce Lee
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Boards don't hit back. Bruce Lee
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I create opportunities. Bruce Lee
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If there is always light, you don't experience light anymore. You have to have the rhythm of light and darkness. Bruce Lee
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There are too many stars and too few actors. Bruce Lee
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Don't be forecasting evil unless it is what you can guard against. Anxiety is good for nothing if we can't turn it into a defense. Bruce Lee
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