ᐅ169+ Best Bruce Lee Quotes ("Be Like Water, My Friend")

"Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win, but never to accept the way to lose - to accept defeat. To learn to die is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes you must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying!" ~ Bruce Lee

"The martial arts are based upon understanding, hard work and a total comprehension of skills. Power training and the use of force are easy, but total comprehension of all of the skills of the martial arts is very difficult to achieve." ~ Bruce Lee

“Action is a high road to self-confidence and esteem. Where it is open, all energies

"Action is a high road to self-confidence and esteem. Where it is open, all energies flow toward it. It comes readily to most people, and its rewards are tangible." ~ Bruce Lee

"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

"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

"Success only means doing something sincerely and wholeheartedly. I think life is a process. Through the ages, the end of heroes is the same as ordinary men. They all died and gradually faded away in the memory of man. But when we are still alive, we have to understand ourselves, discover ourselves and express ourselves. In this way, we can progress, but we may not be successful." ~ Bruce Lee

"Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement. I'm still learning, for learning is boundless." ~ Bruce Lee

“In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.”

"In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup." ~ Bruce Lee

“Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when

"Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better." ~ Bruce Lee

"Go toward self-actualization rather than self-image actualization... Search within... for honest self- expression." ~ Bruce Lee

"Learn it all, then forget it all." ~ 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

"Understand your limitations and capitalize on them." ~ Bruce Lee

"Running water never grows stale." ~ 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

"A man must constantly exceed his level" ~ Bruce Lee

"The more relaxed the muscles are, the more energy can flow through the body. Using muscular tensions to try to 'do' the punch or attempting to use brute force to knock someone over will only work to opposite effect." ~ Bruce Lee

"If I tell you I'm good, probably you will say I'm boasting. But if I tell you I'm not good, you'll know I'm lying." ~ Bruce Lee

"The doubters said, "Man can not fly," The doers said, "Maybe, but we'll try," And finally soared In the morning glow While non-believers Watched from below." ~ Bruce Lee

"What we are after is the root and not the branches. The root is the real knowledge; the branches are surface knowledge. Real knowledge breeds 'body feel' and personal expression; surface knowledge breeds mechanical conditioning and imposing limitation and squelches creativity." ~ Bruce Lee

"All knowledge leads to self-knowledge." ~ Bruce Lee

"The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest." ~ Bruce Lee

"In Buddhism, there is no place for using effort. 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

"Boards don't hit back." ~ Bruce Lee

"One should be in harmony with, not in opposition to, the strength and force of the opposition. This means that one should do nothing that is not natural or spontaneous; the important thing is not to strain in any way." ~ Bruce Lee

"Remember, you are expressing the techniques and not doing the techniques." ~ Bruce Lee

"While it may come as a profound surprise to those of us who are in the throes of an emotional or life crisis, the fact remains that the answer to virtually all of our problems resides within us already. It exist in the form of a vast reservoir of free-flowing energy that, when channeled to our muscles, can give us great strength and, when channeled to our brain, can give us great insight and understanding." ~ Bruce Lee

"Man, he is constantly growing and when he is bound by a set pattern of ideas or way of doing things, that's when he stops growing" ~ Bruce Lee

"When you fight, if it is a real fight, use every tool that you have, use your whole body. Use your fists, your legs, your fingers, your head if you have to, and hit them in every vulnerable spot, the balls, the eyes etc. to win." ~ Bruce Lee

"There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every movement in Jeet Kune-Do is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way." ~ Bruce Lee

"Circumstances hell! I make circumstances!" ~ Bruce Lee

"Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make." ~ Bruce Lee

"All types of knowledge ultimately lead to self-knowledge. So, therefore, these people are asking me to teach them, not so much how to defend themselves or how to do somebody in. Rather, they want to learn to express themselves through some movement, be it anger, be it determination or whatever. So, in other words, they're paying me to show them, in combative form, the art of expressing the human body." ~ Bruce Lee

"In combat, spontaneity rules; rote performance of technique perishes." ~ Bruce Lee

"When you freely express, you are the total style." ~ Bruce Lee

"The point is the doing of them rather than the accomplishments . There is no actor but the action; there is no experiencer but the experience." ~ Bruce Lee

"Seek freedom from the conformity of styles" ~ Bruce Lee

"It is the man that has nothing to lose or is willing to lose everything to beat you that I am afraid of. If a man is willing to lose his life to bite off my nose then I don't care how good I am or what I do to him- he's gonna get my nose." ~ Bruce Lee

"Efficiency is anything that scores." ~ Bruce Lee

"Jeet Kune Do does not beat around the bush. It does not take winding detours. It follows a straight line to the objective. Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points." ~ Bruce Lee

"My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting." ~ Bruce Lee

"A kung fu man who was really good was not proud at all. Pride emphasizes the superiority of one's status. There has to be fear and insecurity in pride, because when you aim at being highly esteemed and achieve such status, you automatically start to worry about losing status." ~ Bruce Lee

"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 Lee

"Be like water, my friend." ~ Bruce Lee

"Bring the mind to a sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere." ~ 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

"Concepts vs. self-actualization. - Instead of dedicating your life to actualize a concept of what you should be like, ACTUALIZE YOURSELF. The process of maturing does not mean to become a captive of conceptualization. It is to come to the realization of what lies in our innermost selves." ~ Bruce Lee

"Unfortunately, now in boxing people are only allowed to punch. In Judo, people are only allowed to throw. I do not despise these kinds of martial arts. What I mean is, we now find rigid forms which create differences among clans, and the world of martial art is shattered as a result." ~ Bruce Lee

"It is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky..but to express oneself honestly not lying to oneself, now that my friend is very hard to do" ~ Bruce Lee

"If there is always light, you don’t experience light anymore. You have to have the rhythm of light and darkness." ~ Bruce Lee

"A kung fu man lives without being dependant on the opinions of others, and a master, unlike the beginner, holds himself in reserve. He is quiet and unassuming, with no desire to show off." ~ Bruce Lee

"How can there be methods and systems to arrive at something that is living? To that which is static, fixed, dead, there can be a way, a definite path, but not to that which is living. Do not reduce reality to a static thing and then invent methods to reach it. ...Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing. It has no resting place, no form, no organized institution, no philosophy. When you see that, you will understand that this living thing is also what you are. You cannot express and be alive through static, put-together form, through stylized movement." ~ 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

“A quality martial artist is always ready for any move, and trains oneself invincible.”

"A quality martial artist is always ready for any move, and trains oneself invincible." ~ Bruce Lee

"Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul." ~ Bruce Lee

"I refer to my hands, feet and body as the tools of the trade. The hands and feet must be sharpened and improved daily to be efficient." ~ Bruce Lee

"Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come." ~ 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

"Training for strength and flexibility is a must. You must use it to support your techniques. Techniques alone are no good if you don't support them with strength and flexibility." ~ Bruce Lee

"We have great work ahead of us, and it needs devotion and much, much energy. To grow, to discover, we need involvement." ~ Bruce Lee

"When we hold to the core, the opposite sides are the same if they are seen from the center of the moving circle. I do not experience; I am experience. I am not the subject of experience; I am that experience. I am awareness. Nothing else can be I or can exist." ~ Bruce Lee

"To me, racial barriers do not exist in reality. If I say that 'everyone under the sun is a member of a universal family,' you may think that I am bluffing and being idealistic. But if anyone still believes in racial differences, I think he is too backward and narrow in his perspective. Perhaps he still does not understand man's equality and love." ~ Bruce Lee

“The best form of endurance exercise is the performance of the event.”

"The best form of endurance exercise is the performance of the event." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity." ~ Bruce Lee

"Endurance is lost rapidly if one ceases to work at its maximum." ~ Bruce Lee

"Maturation is the development from environmental support to self-support." ~ Bruce Lee

"The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a patter of systems." ~ Bruce Lee

"I have always been a martial artist by choice, an actor by profession, but above all, am actualising myself to be an artist of life." ~ Bruce Lee

"When finger point at moon, don't look at finger or you'll miss the moon." ~ Bruce Lee

"Willing is not enough, one must apply." ~ Bruce Lee

"Meditation means to be free from all phenomena and calmness means to be internally unperturbed. There will be calmness when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed." ~ Bruce Lee

"To reach me, you must move to me. Your attack offers me an opportunity to intercept you." ~ Bruce Lee

"Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system." ~ Bruce Lee

"We [tend to] have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We [often feel that we] cannot derive a sense of absolute certitude from anything which has its root in us. The most poignant sense of insecurity comes from standing alone; we are not alone when we imitate." ~ Bruce Lee

"To live is a constant process of relating, so come on out of that shell of isolation and conclusion, and relate DIRECTLY to what is being said. Bear in mind I seek neither your approval nor to influence you. So do not make up your mind as to "this is this" or "that is that." I will be more than satisfied if you begin to learn to investigate everything yourself from now on." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself - to be is to be related." ~ Bruce Lee

"I'm not a master. I'm a student-master, meaning that I have the knowledge of a master and the expertise of a master, but I'm still learning. So I'm a student-master. I don't believe in the word 'master.' I consider the master as such when they close the casket." ~ 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

"Before I studied the art, a punch to me was just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. After I learned the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick. Now that I've understood the art, a punch is just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. The height of cultivation is really nothing special. It is merely simplicity; the ability to express the utmost with the minimum." ~ 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

"The abdominal and waist region coordinate all parts of the body and act as the center or generator. Therefore, you can promote the ability to control the body's action and master your will more easily." ~ Bruce Lee

"Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier." ~ Bruce Lee

"You know what I want to think of myself? As a human being. Because, I mean I don't want to be like "As Confucius say," but under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family. It just so happens man that people are different." ~ Bruce Lee

"The unfolding of the bare human soul...that is what interests me." ~ Bruce Lee

"Styles tend to not only separate men - because they have their own doctrines and then the doctrine became the gospel truth that you cannot change. But if you do not have a style, if you just say: Well, here I am as a human being, how can I express myself totally and completely? Now, that way you won't create a style, because style is a crystallization . That way, it's a process of continuing growth." ~ Bruce Lee

"The aim of art is to project an inner vision into the world." ~ Bruce Lee

"The moment is freedom. — I couldn’t live by a rigid schedule. I try to live freely from moment to moment, letting things happen and adjusting to them." ~ Bruce Lee

"Satori - in the awakening from a dream. Awakening and self-realization and seeing into one's own being - these are synonymous." ~ Bruce Lee

"The reward is found in the work." ~ Bruce Lee

"The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose. Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart; if you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between 'for' and 'against' is the mind's worst disease." ~ Bruce Lee

"Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water." ~ Bruce Lee

"There are too many stars and too few actors." ~ Bruce Lee

"Now I see that I will never find the light Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself." ~ Bruce Lee

"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

"From form to formless and from finite to infinite" ~ Bruce Lee

"The happiness that is derived from excitement is like a brilliant fire- soon it will go out." ~ Bruce Lee

“The unconditioned mind intuits truth.”

"The unconditioned mind intuits truth." ~ Bruce Lee

"The timeless moment. - The "moment" has no yesterday or tomorrow. It is not the result of thought and therefore has no time." ~ Bruce Lee

"It is true that the mental aspect of kung-fu is the desired end; however, to achieve this end, technical skill must come first." ~ Bruce Lee

"Belts are only good for holding up your pants" ~ Bruce Lee

"If people say Jeet Kune Do is different from this or from that, then let the name of Jeet Kune Do be wiped out, for that is what it is, just a name. Please don't fuss over it." ~ Bruce Lee

"Truth cannot be structured or confined." ~ Bruce Lee

“The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.”

"The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible." ~ Bruce Lee

"There is a powerful craving in most of us to see ourselves as instruments in the hands of others and thus free ourselves from the responsibility for acts which are prompted by our own questionable inclinations and impulses. Both the strong and the weak grasp at this alibi. The latter hide their malevolence under the virtue of obedience: they acted dishonorably because they had to obey orders. The strong, too, claim absolution by proclaiming themselves the chosen instrument of a higher power -- God, history, fate, nation, or humanity." ~ Bruce Lee

"Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo." ~ Bruce Lee

"I don't believe in different ways of fighting now. I mean, unless human beings have 3 arms and 3 legs, then we will have a different way of fighting. But basically we all have two arms and two legs so that is why I believe there should be only one way of fighting and that is no way." ~ Bruce Lee

"Taoist philosophy is essentially monistic. Matter and energy, Yang and Yin, heaven and earth, are conceived of as essentially one or as two coexistent poles of one indivisible whole." ~ Bruce Lee

"Practice all movements slow and fast, soft and hard; the effectiveness of Jeet Kune-Do depends on split-second timing and reflexive action, which can be achieved only through repetitious practice." ~ Bruce Lee

"The attitude, 'You can win if you want to badly enough,' means that the will to win is constant. No amount of punishment, no amount of effort, no condition is too 'tough' to take in order to win. Such an attitude can be developed only if winning is closely tied to the practitioner's ideals and dreams." ~ Bruce Lee

“A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready.”

"A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready." ~ Bruce Lee

"The world is full of people who are determined to be somebody or to give trouble. They want to get ahead, to stand out. Such ambition has no use for a gung fu man, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition" ~ Bruce Lee

"Know the difference between a catastrophe and an inconvenience. - To realize that it's just an inconvenience, that it is not a catastrophe, but just an unpleasantness, is part of coming into your own, part of waking up." ~ 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

"If there is a God, he is within. You don't ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme." ~ Bruce Lee

"I personally do not believe in the word style. Why? Because, unless there are human beings with three arms and four legs, unless we have another group of beings on earth that are structurally different from us, there can be no different style of fighting. Why is that? Because we have two hands and two legs. ... because of styles, people are separated. They are not united together because styles become law." ~ Bruce Lee

"Use karate, judo, aikido, or any style to build your counter-offensive. It will be interesting!" ~ Bruce Lee

"Nothingness cannot be defined; the softest thing cannot be snapped." ~ 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

"Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth." ~ Bruce Lee

"I personally do not believe in the word style. Why? Because, unless there are human beings with three arms and four legs, unless we have another group of human beings that are structually different from us, there can be no different style of fighting." ~ Bruce Lee

"Since weight training involves repetitions, a great deal of energy must be exerted. Therefore, weight training should be practiced only every other day." ~ Bruce Lee

"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

"When you point to the moon, what do you see in front of your finger; Your task is to feel, not to think, when you can understand that the lesson will be learned." ~ Bruce Lee

"I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers or leaves. It is futile to argue as to which leaf, which design of branches, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all its blossoming." ~ Bruce Lee

"The core of understanding lies in the individual mind, and until that is touched everything is uncertain and superficial. Truth cannot be perceived until we come to fully understand our potential and ourselves. After all, knowledge in the martial arts ultimately means self-knowledge." ~ Bruce Lee

"Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. The aim of art is not the one-sided promotion of spirit, soul and senses, but the opening of all human capacities – thought, feeling, will – to the life rhythm of the world of nature. So will the voiceless voice be heard and the self be brought into harmony with it." ~ Bruce Lee

"You need emotional content." ~ Bruce Lee

"Knowledge , surely, is always of time , whereas knowing is not of time. Knowledge is from a source, from accumulation, from conclusion, while knowing is a movement." ~ Bruce Lee

"Its like a finger pointing away to the moon. Dont concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory." ~ Bruce Lee

"If mere mechanical efficiency can make everyone a martial artist, then all is well. Unfortunately, combat, like freedom, is something that can not be preconceived." ~ Bruce Lee

"Independent inquiry is needed in your search for truth, not dependence on anyone else's view or a mere book." ~ Bruce Lee

"The more complicated and restricted the method, the less opportunity for expression of one's original sense of freedom." ~ Bruce Lee

"A good martial artist does not become tend but ready, not thinking but jet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come." ~ Bruce Lee

"I did what I came here to do. 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

“To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself.”

"To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself." ~ Bruce Lee

“Never take your eyes off your opponent, even when you bow.”

"Never take your eyes off your opponent, even when you bow." ~ Bruce Lee

"Reality is apparent when one ceases to compare." ~ Bruce Lee

"Training is one of the most neglected phases of athletics. Too much time is given to the development of skill and too little to the development of the individual for participation." ~ Bruce Lee

"One will never get any more than he thinks he can get. YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. Look back and see your progress - damn the torpedo, full speed ahead!" ~ Bruce Lee

"More and more I believe in the fact that you have two hands and two legs, and the thing is how to make good use of yourself - and that's about it." ~ Bruce Lee

"Don't be forecasting evil unless it is what you can guard against. Anxiety is good for nothing if we can't turn it into a defense." ~ Bruce Lee

"Remember, Life is a journey, not a destination." ~ Bruce Lee

"If your opponent is at a distance, kick him in the groin. If he gets close, poke him in the eyes, bring up your knee, pop him with an elbow, dig a corkscrew punch to his stomach." ~ Bruce Lee

"Linda and I aren't one and one. We are two halves that make a whole -- two halves fitted together are more efficient than either half would ever be alone!" ~ Bruce Lee

"Jeet Kune Do: it's just a name; don't fuss over it. There's no such thing as a style if you understand the roots of combat." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"If you think a thing is impossible,you'll only make it impossible." ~ Bruce Lee

"Though methods play an important role in the early stage, the techniques should not be too mechanical, complex or restrictive. If we cling blindly to them, we shall eventually become bound by their limitations. Remember, you are expressing the techniques and not doing the techniques. If somebody attacks you, your response is not Technique No.1, Stance No. 2, Section 4, Paragraph 5. Instead you simply move in like sound and echo, without any deliberation. It is as though when I call you, you answer me, or when I throw you something, you catch it. It's as simple as that - no fuss, no mess." ~ Bruce Lee

"Take what's useful, discard what is not." ~ Bruce Lee

"Self-will seems to be the only virtue that takes no account of man-made laws." ~ Bruce Lee

"The aim of art is to project an inner vision into the world, to state in aesthetic creation the deepest psychic and personal experiences of a human being. It is to enable those experiences to be intelligible and generally recognized within the total framework of an ideal world." ~ Bruce Lee

"Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there." ~ Bruce Lee

"There is "what is" only when there is no comparing and to live with "what is" is to be peaceful." ~ Bruce Lee

"Understanding comes about through feeling, from moment to moment in the mirror of relationship." ~ Bruce Lee

"For something that is static, fixed, dead, there can be a way or a definite path; but not for anything that is moving and living." ~ Bruce Lee

"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

"Don’t indulge in any unnecessary, sophisticated moves" ~ Bruce Lee

“Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.”

"Things live by moving and gain strength as they go." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"Good technique includes quick changes, great variety and speed. It may be a system of reversals much like a concept of God and the Devil. In the speed of events, which one is really in charge? Do they change places with lightning speed? The Chinese believe so. To put the heart of the martial arts in your own heart and have it be a part of you means total comprehension." ~ Bruce Lee

"The second-hand artist blindly following his sensei or sifu accepts his pattern. As a result, his action is and , more importantly, his thinking become mechanical. His responses become automatic, according to set patterns, making him narrow and limited." ~ Bruce Lee

"The primary Reality is not what I think, but that I live, for those also live who do not think." ~ Bruce Lee

"You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world." ~ 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

"Art lives where absolute freedom is, because where it is not, there can be no creativity." ~ Bruce Lee

"The Now is indivisible. Completeness, the now, is an absence of the conscious mind to strive to divide that which is indivisible. For once the completeness of things is taken apart it is no longer complete." ~ Bruce Lee

"I think of myself as a human being." ~ Bruce Lee

"Too much horsing around with unrealistic stances and classic forms and rituals is just too artificial and mechanical, and doesn't really prepare the student for actual combat. A guy could get clobbered while getting into this classical mess. Classical methods like these, which I consider a form of paralysis, only solidify and constrain what was once fluid. Their practitioners are merely blindly rehearsing routines and stunts that will lead nowhere." ~ Bruce Lee

"The word "superstar" is an ilusion" ~ Bruce Lee

"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering." ~ Bruce Lee

"After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge." ~ Bruce Lee

"The athlete who is building muscles though weight training should be very sure to work adequately on speed and flexibility at the same time. In combat, without the prior attributes, a strong man will be like the bull with its colossal strength futilely pursuing the matador or like a low-geared truck chasing a rabbit." ~ Bruce Lee

"All martial art is simply an honest expression of one's body — with a lot of deception in between." ~ Bruce Lee

"All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns." ~ Bruce Lee

"The most important thing to me is, how, in the process of learning how to use my body, can I come to understand myself ?" ~ Bruce Lee

"The founder of any branch must be more ingenious than the common man. However, if his achievement is not carried on by disciples of the same ingenuity, then things will only become formalized and get stuck in a cul-de-sac; whereby breakthrough and progress will be almost impossible." ~ Bruce Lee

"The knowledge and skills you have achieved are meant to be forgotten so you can float comfortably in emptiness, without obstruction." ~ Bruce Lee

“‘What is’ is more important than ‘what should be.’ Too many people are looking

"'What is' is more important than 'what should be.' Too many people are looking at 'what is' from a position of thinking 'what should be'." ~ Bruce Lee

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

"As long as we separate this oneness into two we won't achieve realization." ~ 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

"Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationships to man. He then becomes a slave to the pattern and takes the pattern to be the real thing." ~ Bruce Lee

"Self-knowledge is the basis of jeet kune do because it is effective not only for the individual's martial art but also for his life as a human being." ~ Bruce Lee

"Here I am as a human being...how can I express myself, totally and completely?" ~ Bruce Lee

"There's so much myth and baloney. Like a 80-year-old man able to manhandle a 300-pounder with his little finger. Ridiculous. Or this matter of breaking bricks and boards wth the edge of your hand. Now I ask you, did you ever see a brick or a board pick a fight with anybody?" ~ Bruce Lee

"I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers or leaves." ~ Bruce Lee

"Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, un-rhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go." ~ Bruce Lee

"True thusness is the substance of thought, and thought is the function of true thusness. There is no thought except that of true thusness. Thusness does not move, but its motion and function are inexhaustible." ~ Bruce Lee

"Finally, a Jeet Kune Do man who says Jeet Kune Do is exclusively Jeet Kune Do is simply not with it. He is still hung up on his self-closing resistance, in this case anchored down to reactionary pattern, and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can move within its limits. He has not digested the simple fact that truth exists outside all molds; pattern and awareness is never exclusive. Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one's back." ~ Bruce Lee

"I do not fear the man who practices 1,000 kicks one time each. I fear the man who practices 1 kick 1,000 times." ~ 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