BRUCE LEE QUOTES

Hong Kong American martial artist & actor (1940-1973)

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, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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Eat. This time you're eating paper. The next time it's going to be glass.

BRUCE LEE, The Chinese Connection

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

BRUCE LEE, The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee

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Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing.

BRUCE LEE, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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Defense is attack, attack is defense, each being the cause and result of the other.

BRUCE LEE, The Tao of Gung Fu

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What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better.

BRUCE LEE, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way

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When you're talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you'd better train every part of your body!

BRUCE LEE, Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview, 1971

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Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.

BRUCE LEE, attributed, Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit

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

BRUCE LEE, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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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, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

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Boards don't hit back.

BRUCE LEE, Enter the Dragon

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Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

BRUCE LEE, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way

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It is useless to try to stir the dirt
Out of the muddy water,
As it will become murkier.
But leave it alone,
And if it should be cleared;
It will become clear by itself.

BRUCE LEE, "Once More I Hold You in My Arms", 1964

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The primary reality is not what I think, but that I live, for those also live who do not think.

BRUCE LEE, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

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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, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

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A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.

BRUCE LEE, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

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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. A man must constantly exceed his level.

BRUCE LEE, attributed, The Art of Expressing the Human Body

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Faith is a state of mind that can be conditioned through self-discipline. Faith will accomplish.

BRUCE LEE, Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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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, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way

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The success of an assailant's attack depends on surprise, and if you're sufficiently alert to prevent a surprise, your counterattack is already halfway to being successful.

BRUCE LEE, The Tao of Gung Fu

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