Quotations by Bruce Lee (33 lines of wisdom)

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Lee Jun-fan, known professionally as Bruce Lee, was a famous Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, philosopher and cultural icon.

By way of a legacy of quotes and in film, he continues to teach us how to cultivate our truest selves and be in harmony with the world, helpful for anyone seeking meaning and consciousness in day to day living.

Here’s your list of 33 wisdom quotations by Bruce Lee…


To realize freedom the mind has to learn to look at life, which is a vast movement, without the bondage of time, for freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness — care for watching, but don’t stop and interpret “I am free,” then you’re living in a memory of something that has gone before.


You know what I want to think of myself? As a human being. Because, I mean I don’t want to be like “As Confucius say”, but under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family. It just so happens that people are different.


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 spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.


All types of knowledge, ultimately mean self knowledge.


What we are after is the root, and not the branches. The root is the real knowledge; the branches are surface knowledge. Real knowledge breeds “body feel” and personal expression; surface knowledge breeds mechanical conditioning and imposing limitation and squelches creativity.


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.


A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. -Bruce Lee Share on X


Don’t think, feel… it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!


Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.

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Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.


Emptiness is the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.


What IS is more important than WHAT SHOULD BE. Too many people are looking at “what is” from a position of thinking “what should be.”


Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle 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.


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.


You cannot force the Now. But can you neither condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on? You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.

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In science we have finally come back to the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus, who said everything is flow, flux, process. There are no “things.” Nothingness in Eastern language is “no-thingness”. We in the West think of nothingness as a void, an emptiness, an nonexistence. In Eastern philosophy and modern physical science, nothingness “no-thingness”, is a form of process, ever moving.


The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.


If thought exists, I who think and the world about which I think also exist; the one exists but for the other, having no possible separation between them. Therefore, the world and I are both in active correlation; I am that which sees the world, and the world is that which is seen by me. I exist for the world and the world exists for me. … One sure and primary and fundamental fact is the joint existence of a subject and of its world. The one does not exist without the other. I acquire no understanding of myself except as I take account of objects, of the surroundings. I do not think unless I think of things — and there I find myself.


The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all. He lives only in what is.


Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, unrhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.


The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.

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Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.


Liberate yourself from concepts and see the truth with your own eyes. It exists HERE and NOW; it requires only one thing to see it: openness, freedom, the freedom to be open and not tethered by any ideas, concepts, etc.


When our mind is tranquil, there will be an occasional pause to its feverish activities, there will be a let-go, and it is only then in the interval between two thoughts that a flash of UNDERSTANDING, understanding, which is not thought, can take place.


Possession of anything begins in the mind.


Thoughts are things.


Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.


The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.

The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible. -Bruce Lee Share on X


The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.


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.


The change is from inner to outer. We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions.


Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

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