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Bruce Lee, born as Lee Jun Fan on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, California in the hour and the year of the Dragon, is a well-known actor and martial artist. Although he was an actor from the age of three months onward, his initially gained popularity for his role in The Green Hornet, a show that aired from 1966-67.
After a major back injury and upset at the lack of decent acting roles coming his way, Lee moved back to Hong Kong in the summer of ’71. In Hong Kong, Lee signed a contract for two films – Fists of Fury and The Chinese Connection.
Both of these films received bad reviews from US critics, but broke major box office records in Hong Kong. By 1972, Bruce Lee was a huge celebrity in Asia, despite not being very popular in the states. He began a Hollywood project, Enter the Dragon, but died a month before its release at the age of 32. When Enter the Dragon was released posthumously, Lee became officially recognized as a film icon. Enter the Dragon earned more than $200 million, but Bruce Lee’s legacy didn’t end there.
Despite Lee’s early and mysterious death, his legacy as a martial artist and an actor lives on with the likes of Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris. Even today Bruce Lee lives on and is revered as an actor and a premier martial artist, because he didn’t let Hollywood being unready for a major Asian actor stop him from achieving his dreams.
Bruce Lee Quotes About Training The Warrior Within
1.) “If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.” – Bruce Lee
2.) “Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee
3.) “The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.”- Bruce Lee
Motivating Bruce Lee Quotes About Training
4.) “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” – Bruce Lee
5.) “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” – Bruce Lee
6.) “Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.” – Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee Quotes About Life and Expectations
7.) “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” – Bruce Lee
8.) “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
9.) “In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.” – Bruce Lee
10.) “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee
11.) “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” – Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee Quotes About Flowing Like Water
12.) “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity” – Bruce Lee
13.) “I wish neither to possess nor to be possessed. I no longer covet ‘paradise’. More important, I no longer fear ‘hell’.” – Bruce Lee
14.) “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.” – Bruce Lee
15.) “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.” – Bruce Lee
More Bruce Lee quotes about life and pain
16.) The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it, until this moment.
Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, consuming myself.” – Bruce Lee
17.) “…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?…to put the heart of martial arts inyour own heart and have it be a part of you means total comprehension and the use of a free style. When you have that you will know that there are no limits.” – Bruce Lee
18.) “For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.” – Bruce Lee
19.) “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee
20.) “Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.” – Bruce Lee
21.) “As you think, so shall you become”. – Bruce Lee
22.) “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee
23.) “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee Quotes About Reality and Life
24.) “Real living is living for others.” – Bruce Lee
25.) A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.” – Bruce Lee
26.) “There is “what is” only when there is no comparing and to live with “what is” is to be peaceful.” – Bruce Lee
27.) “Be happy, but never satisfied.” – Bruce Lee
28.) “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities”. – Bruce Lee
29.) “I’m moving and not moving at all. I’m like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking. It is not, “I am doing this,” but rather, an inner realization that “this is happening through me,” or “it is doing this for me.” The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.” – Bruce Lee
30.) “…we have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We cannot derive a sense of absolute certitude from anything which has its roots in us. The most poignant sense of insecurity comes from standing alone and we are not alone when we imitate. It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.” – Bruce Lee
31.) “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.” – Bruce Lee
32.) “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.” – Bruce Lee
33.) “Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient. Thus the tensed expert marksman will aim at a level less than his/her student.” – Bruce Lee
34.) “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.” – Bruce Lee
35.) “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. – Bruce Lee
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