Inspirational lessons from Bruce Lee
Inspirational quotes from Bruce Lee
By Mark Wager
You mention the name Bruce Lee to people and they are likely to have an image in their minds of Bruce Lee in his yellow track suit fighting on screen. "Oh yes Bruce Lee, he acted in those Kung fu movies" is the common reply.
Bruce Lee is commonly known as an actor but he was far more than just an actor. Bruce Lee was a film director, screenwriter, philosopher and above all a martial artist. A son of a Cantonese opera star Bruce Lee never believed in limitations or barriers. He starred in American films when at the time Asians where rarely seen on screen. Instead of sticking to one method of martial arts Bruce Lee founded his own martial arts school called Jee Kune Do, which simply meant "the style of no style." His intention was not to confine the martial artist to one particular style. This is commonly referred to as the true birth of the sport we know today as mixed martial arts. In his 32 years on this planet he left a legacy that is still felt to this day
I am the person who is on the face of it least like Bruce Lee. I'm not Asian, I'm English I'm not an actor, director or a screenwriter and despite how much I love watching UFC I will never be a mixed martial artist. The battle I have is whether I should have one or two slices of chocolate cake. But when you talk about Bruce Lee the philosopher I see a kindred spirit, someone who believed barriers in life where placed there to test you and not to stop you. My own philosophies on life and success have been heavily influenced by reading the words of Bruce Lee and I wanted to compile a few of his quotes so that you could be inspired in the same way I was.
“Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
“The More we value things, the less we value ourselves”
“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”
“Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”
“Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.”
“I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.”
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. "
"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
“Be happy, but never satisfied"
“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”
“The doubters said,
"Man can not fly,"
The doers said,
"Maybe, but we'll try,"
And finally soared
In the morning glow
Watched from below.”
“If you always put limits 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.”
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.”
“Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
“If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.”
“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime"
“If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
“Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.”
“Self-knowledge involves relationship. To know oneself is to study one self in action with another person. Relationship is a process of self evaluation and self revelation. Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself - to be is to be related.”
“As you think, so shall you become.”
"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."
“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.”
“Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves.
This difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization is very important. Most people live only for their image”
"In building a statute, a sculptor doesn't keep adding clay to his subject. Actually he keeps chiseling away at the inessentials until the truth of its creation is revealed."
"All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns."
"You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world."
Finally Bruce Lee's most appropriate quote:
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
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Posted: Saturday 23 March 2013