Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
Striking Thoughts (2000, pg. 43)
Running water never grows stale. So you just have to "keep on flowing."Bruce LeeThe Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee (1996, pg. 48).
Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.Bruce LeeStriking Thoughts (2000, p. 46)
Life itself is your teacher , and you are in a state of constant learning.Bruce Leep. 5 (Striking Thoughts (2000))
Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life , don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.Bruce LeeBruce Lee, Striking Thoughts (2000), p. 10; Here Lee paraphrases a much older English proverb: If you care for life, don't waste your time; for time is what life is made of. (as quoted in Bordighera and the Western Riviera (1883) by Frederick Fitzroy Hamilton, p. 189).
Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.Bruce LeeStriking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living, Part VIII: On Ultimate (Final) Principles, p. 121 (2000).
What you HABITUALLY THINK largely determines what you will ultimately become.Bruce Leep. 120; This probably derives from a Rosicrucian proverb, "As you think, so shall you become", which is itself probably derived from Proverbs 23:7 "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he."Possibly, but more likely derived from the Buddha: "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become."
The change is from inner to outer. We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions.Bruce Leep. 120 (Striking Thoughts (2000))
Nowadays you don't go around on the street kicking people, punching people because if you do (makes gun shape with hand), well that's it I don't care how good you are.Bruce LeeBruce Lee interview on the Pierre Berton Show (1971)
Don't think, feel ....it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!Bruce LeeBruce Lee: Enter the Dragon (1973); In a training session with one of the temple students.
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.Bruce LeeAs quoted in "From Wing Chun to Jeet Kune Do" by Jesse R. Glover in Black Belt Vol. 31, No. 9 (September 1993), p. 35
Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement. I'm still learning, for learning is boundless.Bruce LeePart 6 "Beyond System — The Ultimate Source of Jeet Kune Do"
Take inventory of everyone with whom you have contact.Bruce LeePart 6 "Beyond System — The Ultimate Source of Jeet Kune Do"
The aphorism "as a man thinketh in his heart so is he" contains the secret of life .Bruce Leep. 4; Lee here quotes Proverbs 23:7 "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he."
Meaning is found in relationship. Meaning is the relationship of the foreground figure to the background.Bruce Leep. 4 (Striking Thoughts (2000))
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.Bruce Leep. 121; this likely derives from the observation of Joseph Joubert: The goal is not always meant to be reached, but to serve as a mark for our aim.As translated by Katharine Lyttelton, in Joubert : A Selection from His Thoughts (1899)
The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all. He lives only in what is.Bruce LeePart 6 "Beyond System — The Ultimate Source of Jeet Kune Do"
The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.Bruce LeeBruce Lee (2000) Striking Thoughts. edited by John Little. p. 3
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