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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. 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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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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After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge. Bruce Lee
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I refer to my hands, feet and body as the tools of the trade. The hands and feet must be sharpened and improved daily to be efficient. Bruce Lee
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Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success. Bruce Lee
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'What is' is more important than 'what should be.' Too many people are looking at 'what is' from a position of thinking 'what should be'. Bruce Lee
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Success only means doing something sincerely and wholeheartedly. I think life is a process. Through the ages, the end of heroes is the same as ordinary men. They all died and gradually faded away in the memory of man. But when we are still alive, we have to understand ourselves, discover ourselves and express ourselves. In this way, we can progress, but we may not be successful. Bruce Lee
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Running water never grows stale. 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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Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. The aim of art is not the one-sided promotion of spirit, soul and senses, but the opening of all human capacities - thought, feeling, will - to the life rhythm of the world of nature. So will the voiceless voice be heard and the self be brought into harmony with it. Bruce Lee
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The second-hand artist blindly following his sensei or sifu accepts his pattern. As a result, his action is and , more importantly, his thinking become mechanical. His responses become automatic, according to set patterns, making him narrow and limited. Bruce Lee
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Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better. As the great Sun Tzu said: "When you know yourself and your opponent, you will win every time. When you know yourself but not your opponent, you will win one and lose one. However, when you do not know yourself or your opponent, you will be imperiled every time. Bruce Lee
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To reach me, you must move to me. Your attack offers me an opportunity to intercept you. Bruce Lee
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To be bound by traditional martial art style or styles is the way of the mindless, enslaved martial artist. But to be inspired by the traditional martial art and to achieve further heights is the way of genius. Bruce Lee
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Because of styles people are separated. Research your own experience, absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own. Bruce Lee
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There are lots of guys around the world that are lazy. They have big fat guts. They talk about chi power and things they can do, but don't believe it. Bruce Lee
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All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge. Bruce Lee
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Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing. Bruce Lee
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Emptiness the starting point. - In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty. 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. 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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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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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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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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Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal. 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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What can you take from me which is not already yours? Bruce Lee
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It is not what happens that is success or failure, but what it does to the heart of man. Bruce Lee
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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. Bruce Lee
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Boards don't hit back. Bruce Lee
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You and your opponent are one. There is a coexisting relationship between you. You coexist with your opponent and become his complement, absorbing his attack and using his force to overcome him. Bruce Lee
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To understand your fear is the beginning of really seeing. 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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Knowledge earns you power, character earns you respect. 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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Humility forms the basis of honor, just as the low ground forms the foundation of a high elevation. Bruce Lee
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Loneliness is only an opportunity to cut adrift and find yourself. In solitude you are least alone. 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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I create opportunities. Bruce Lee
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It is the man that has nothing to lose or is willing to lose everything to beat you that I am afraid of. If a man is willing to lose his life to bite off my nose then I don't care how good I am or what I do to him- he's gonna get my nose. Bruce Lee
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In Jeet Kune Do, it's not how much you have learned, but how much you have absorbed from what you have learned. It is not how much fixed knowledge you can accumulate, but what you can apply livingly that counts. 'Being' is more valued than doing. Bruce Lee
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The aphorism as a man thinketh in his heart so is he contains the secret of life. Bruce Lee
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Knowledge, surely, is always of time, whereas knowing is not of time. Knowledge is from a source, from accumulation, from conclusion, while knowing is a movement. Bruce Lee
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Seek to understand the root. - 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. Bruce Lee
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Balance your thoughts with action. - If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. Bruce Lee
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Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. Bruce Lee
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To live is to express, and to express you have to create. Creation is never merely repetition. To live is to express oneself freely in creation. Bruce Lee
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The measure of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being Bruce Lee
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If there is always light, you do' experience light anymore. You have to have the rhythm of light and darkness. 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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