Quotes by Bruce Lee

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Bruce Junfan Lee (November 27, 1940 July 20, 1973) was a Chinese American martial artist and martial arts actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. Lee's movies, especially his performance in the Hollywood-produced Enter the Dragon, elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity, paving the way for future martial artists and martial arts actors such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Chuck Norris. Bruce Lee sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West. The direction and tone of Bruce Lee's movies have forever changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in Hong Kong and China, and the rest of the world. more

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Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

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.
As you think, so shall you become.
To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead -- big possibilities. Like the song says, We've just begun.
Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.
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.
Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
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.
I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.
All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
Obey the principles without being bound by them.
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.
The height of cultivation runs to simplicity. Halfway cultivation runs to ornamentation.
You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
Circumstances hell! I make circumstances!

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