Born on 27 November 1940 in San Francisco, California, Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩), commonly known as Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American Film actor, a Revered Martial Artist, and Philosopher who helped popularize martial arts movies in the 1970s.
Bruce Lee is best known for movies like ‘Fists of Fury‘ and ‘Enter the Dragon,’ and is the founder of the hybrid martial arts: Jeet Kune Do (which ultimately paved the way to modern mixed martial arts, MMA).
One of the most influential pop-culture icon of the 20th century, Bruce Lee was often credited for bridging the gap between Western and Eastern culture and for changing the way Asians were perceived by Western societies.
Unfortunately, Bruce Lee died at a young age of 32 (probably due to brain edema caused by painkillers. source). Despite having such a brief career, Lee became one of the most influential pop-culture icons, posthumously, in the world.
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Below are the best and most inspiring Bruce Lee Quotes so you can embrace your mistakes and live life to the fullest.
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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
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
It is not a shame to be knocked down by other people. The important thing is to ask when you’re being knocked down, ‘Why am I being knocked down?’ If a person can reflect in this way, then there is hope for this person.”Bruce Lee
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it become the cup. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”Bruce Lee
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.”Bruce Lee
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
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.”Bruce Lee
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
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
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
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
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 Kung fu man, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition”Bruce Lee
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