Bruce Lee Quotes & Wallpapers

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

All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge. Bruce Lee

Give up thinking as though not giving it up. Observe techniques as though not observing. Bruce Lee

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

Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man's mind can conceive and believe. Bruce Lee

What comes after victory? Why do people value victory so much? What is 'glory'? What kind of victory is 'glorious'? Bruce Lee

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

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

To take responsibility for one's own actions, good and bad, is something else. Bruce Lee

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

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

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

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

The change is from inner to outer. - We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions. Bruce Lee

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

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

Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in man. Bruce Lee

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

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

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. Bruce Lee

Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick. Bruce Lee

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Bruce Lee

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

When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. Bruce Lee

Conditioning obstructs our view of reality. We do not see IT in its suchness because of our indoctrination, crooked and twisted. Bruce Lee

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

To contemplate a thing implies maintaining oneself OUTSIDE it, resolved to keep a distance between it and ourselves. Bruce Lee

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

If one loves, one need not have an ideology of love. Bruce Lee

Sorrows are our best educator. A man can see further through a tear than a telescope. Bruce Lee

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

Knowledge earns you power, character earns you respect. Bruce Lee

Do not have an attitude, open yourself and focus yourself and express yourself. Reject external form that fails to express internal reality. Bruce Lee

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

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

Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it. Bruce Lee

Efficiency is anything that scores. Bruce Lee

Understanding requires not just a moment of perception, but a continuous awareness, a continuous state of inquiry without conclusion Bruce Lee

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

Learning is a constant process of discovery - a process without end. Bruce Lee

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

...The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity ... the ability to express the utmost with the minimum. It is the halfway cultivation that leads to ornamentation... Bruce Lee

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

To understand your fear is the beginning of really seeing. Bruce Lee

I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude. Bruce Lee

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

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

One great cause of failure is lack of concentration. Bruce Lee

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

Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot Bruce Lee

Do not run away; let go. Do not seek; for it will come when least expected. Bruce Lee

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

Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal. Bruce Lee

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

Loneliness is only an opportunity to cut adrift and find yourself. In solitude you are least alone. Bruce Lee

Humility forms the basis of honor, just as the low ground forms the foundation of a high elevation. Bruce Lee

Truth cannot be structured or confined. Bruce Lee

The meaning of life is that it is to be lived. Bruce Lee

I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself. Bruce Lee

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

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

A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard. Bruce Lee

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

Nothingness cannot be defined; the softest thing cannot be snapped. Bruce Lee

When you feel pain, you know that you are still alive. Bruce Lee

Ideas are the beginning of all achievement. Bruce Lee

By adopting a certain physical posture, a resonant chord is struck in spirit. Bruce Lee

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

Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. Bruce Lee

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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