Bruce Lee Quotes

Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible.


A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract; and when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, “I” do not hit, “it” hits all by itself.


Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.


As you think, so shall you become.


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.


If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.


Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.


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


Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.


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


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


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.


“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”


“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”


“The timeless moment. — The “moment” has no yesterday or tomorrow. It is not the result of thought and therefore has no time.”


“Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.”


“Obey the principles without being bound by them.”


“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.“


“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”


“As you think, so shall you become.”


If you knew you had to fight for your life tomorrow, would you change your training today?


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.


All goals apart from the means are illusions; becoming is a denial of being.


Effort within the mind further limits the mind, because effort implies struggle towards a goal and when you have a goal, a purpose, an end in view, you have placed a limit on the mind.


A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.


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


Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own


Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.


Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.


Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.


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.


In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.


It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.


Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.


Put every great teacher in a room, and they’d agree about everything, but put their disciples in there and they’d argue about everything.


False teachers of the Way of life use flowery words.


“What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”


“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.”


“The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”


“Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible. It is being “wholly” and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.”


“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”


“To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.”

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