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Quotes from Bruce Lee

3 de abril de 2016, por PurposeFairy.
  1. Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
  2. 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.
  5. Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
  6. 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.
  7. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
  8. I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.
  9. 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.
  10. If you always put limit 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.
  11. Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.
  12. 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.
  13. A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
  14. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.
  15. Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
  16. A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
  17. 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.
  18. Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.
  19. Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
  20. For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.
  21. 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.
  22. It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.
  23. Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.
  24. 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.
  25. In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.
  26. Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.
  27. 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.
  28. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.
  29. If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
  30. 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.
  31. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
  32. A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
  33. The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.
  34. All knowledge leads to self-knowledge.
  35. As you think, so shall you become.
  36. Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
  37. 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.
  38. Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.
  39. Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.