SOME IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT BRUCE LEE FOR INSPIRATION
- Bruce Lee once kicked a man so hard that it broke a bystander’s arm when the man he had kicked fell into him.
- Due to Bruce Lee’s bad eye sight, he was one of the very first people to try contact lenses. Contact lenses were very uncomfortable back in those days!
- Bruce Lee’s kicks were extremely fast which we all know. But what you may not have known is that in one of the scenes in Enter the Dragon they had to re-film the scene in slow motion so that viewers wouldn’t think it was fake!
- Bruce Lee was a huge Muhammad Ali fan. He used to watch his fights on film obsessively.
- Bruce Lee was the voice behind most of the English voices in his films.
- Bruce Lee’s secret hobby was writing poetry. He was actually pretty good at it.
- Bruce Lee was a champion Cha Cha Dancer in Hong Kong! He won a Cha Cha dancing competition when he was in high school. A man of many talents!
- Bruce Lee practiced 5000 punches each day. This explains the power he had!
- Bruce Lee had the sweat glands in his armpits surgically removed.
- Bruce was born on the Chinese Year of the Dragon, on the Day of the Dragon, and on the hour of the Dragon.
- Known for legendary workouts, Lee could do up to 200 pushups – on only one finger or 100 on one thumb!
- He personally trained Kareem Abdul Jabbar in kung fu, and the two often sparred together.
- Despite playing enemies in Way of the Dragon, Chuck Norris was good friends with Lee, and was a pallbearer at his funeral.
- Lee mastered Kung Fu so quickly that he developed his own martial art called Jeet Kune Do
Bruce Lee quotes always inspires us in all our spheres of life
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
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
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
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
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 in your own heart and have it be a part of you means total comprehension and the use of a freestyle. 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
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 oneself 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
36.) “To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.” – Bruce Lee
37.) “Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing.” – Bruce Lee
38.) “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”– Bruce Lee
39.) “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.” – Bruce Lee
40.) “Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.” – Bruce Lee
41.) “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee
42.) “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.” – Bruce Lee
43.) “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee
44.) “If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.” – Bruce Lee
45.) “The more we value things, the less we value ourselves” – Bruce Lee
46.) “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” – Bruce Lee
47.) “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” – Bruce Lee
48.) “Only the self-sufficient stand alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate.” – Bruce Lee
49.) “Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.” – Bruce Lee
50.) “Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”– Bruce Lee
51.) “Take no thought of who is right or wrong, or who is better than. Be not for or against.”– Bruce Lee
52.) “Reality is apparent when one ceases to compare. There is “what is” only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful.”– Bruce Lee
53.) “All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”– Bruce Lee
54.) “You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.”– Bruce Lee
55.) “Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success”– Bruce Lee
56.) “If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you”– Bruce Lee
57.) “Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.”– Bruce Lee
58.) “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.”– Bruce Lee
59.) “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is unique your own.”– Bruce Lee
60.) “Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better.”– Bruce Lee
61.) “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
62.) “What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.”– Bruce Lee
63.) “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.”– Bruce Lee
64.) “I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself.”– Bruce Lee
65.) “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”– Bruce Lee
66.) “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.”– Bruce Lee
67.) “The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”– Bruce Lee
68.) “Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.” – Bruce Lee
69.) “You will never get any more out of life than you expect.”– Bruce Lee
70.) “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
Bruce Lee lived a relatively short life, yet he left a big impact up on all of us . He always advises us not to pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one and reminds us to Empty our minds , formless. Shapeless, like water. He also given the examples that 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 says that 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 in your own heart and have it be a part of you means total comprehension and the use of a freestyle. When you have that you will know that there are no limits .” 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.”“Life is better lived than conceptualized. This writing can be less demanding should I allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I’ve come to understand that life is best to be lived — not to be conceptualized. If you have to think, you still do not understand.”
Bruce Lee identified that Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better. As the great Sun Tzu said: “When you know yourself and your opponent, you will win every time. When you know yourself but not your opponent, you will win one and lose one. However, when you do not know yourself or your opponent, you will be imperiled every time.”
“Bruce Lee also suggests that not to 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 and “Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely – lay your life before him!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.” 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.”
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.”
HENCE LOOK AT BRUCE LEE ……..FOR INSPIRATION FRIENDS