A Tribute To Bruce Lee: His Quotes and Philosophy

I’m in work waiting for my first client.  I don’t have many chances at blogging these days on account of it being summer and all, so I have to write during my in-between times.

I wrote that last sentence several days ago, I don’t even know when.  Crud, I’ve been squeezing every last platelet of blood out of this summer.  Popping it’s perennial corpuscles under the biting wheels of my K-2 rollerblades.

And now it’s Monday again – a beautiful monday at that, and I’m sitting here in Cheshire coffee.

I want to write a story, a dialogue, a funny account about an experience in my life.  I can make ANY mundane human occurrence sound spectacular without losing it’s rightful honest shape.  I am a true master, a jack-of-all-trades if you will.  Yes my ego is big, let it be big.  Let yours be big.  Don’t judge.

I am a person who believes that there is no natural talent in the world.  Natural talent is a farce.  The only thing natural is having belief in yourself and passion for your pursuit (and okay, having a keen perspective plays a huge part).  People who believe they are special with natural gifts, are full of themselves.  That being said, my potential is no different from yours, so it’s okay for me to be an arrogant ass.

Anyway, have I gotten enough bullshit out of me yet?  No, no not yet.  I haven’t even begun.

I can’t write about a silly story while my thoughts are leading me elsewhere.  When I write, I follow the flow of my thoughts.  There’s no other way.

I’ve always languidly followed the flow, laughing at everything like an impetuous vagabond taking 3 hour naps on park benches in Barcelona.

I am flighty, but also brilliant.  Nothing is more important in life than taking your time, taking a break – living in that break!  Activities will come naturally, the house will get cleaned, children fed, food cooked.  There’s no need to wind yourself up only to unravel with opiates and martini’s.  The source of all addiction is in your inability at keeping calm.

Stop chasing the bull, stop chasing people for acceptance, stop trying so hard.  Just stop.  Stop and pursue your unrealized “natural talent” and see for yourself how brilliant you are.  First you must handover your addictions and take time.  Tread water.  Examine sand on the beach like a child.


magnified sandThis is what sand looks like magnified 250X.

And be amazed.

When I first began this post, I had the pressing desire to write about Bruce Lee.

bruce lee quote

Bruce Lee can cut through a hot knife with butter.

Bruce lee doesn’t flush the toilet, he scares the shit out of it.

“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.”

Adjusting to an object is a means to understanding it.  By working with it, you learn from it.  It reflects its image onto you like a mirror, while you stay disassociated and clear.  At least, well, that’s my take on it.

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit to them.”

Ha!  Nobody admits to them because they remain stubborn and unaware, imbedded with cognitive dissonance.

“Not being tense but ready.
Not thinking but not dreaming.
Not being set but flexible.
Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement.
It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.”

bruce lee enter the dragon

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

This is the path to perfection, to God.  Your true identity connecting with the world through art.  You don’t gain anything in life, only perspective of what’s real.  Nothing else matters, there is only perfection, only God.  Perfection is telling a story with the least amount of words, but maximum emotion.  Perfection is throwing a punch with the least amount of effort, but with maximum power.  Perfection is always about taking away, not adding to.

“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.”

Ha ha YES!  I just stumbled on this quote – my own words said by a great artist!

“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.”

Exactly!  That’s pretty much the theme of this post.

“Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot”

Shit yo, Bruce and I are kindreds.

“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!!”

I don’t agree with the whole violent imagery in this quote, but I do agree with having no fear.  The one who fears has the disadvantage.

“As you think, so shall you become.”

“Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing.”

“Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.”

“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.”

I’m nearly peeing in my pants reading this stuff.  I swear I never read these quotes before now, but man – I mean come on now, furrealz?  This is like reading quotes taken directly from my blog written my me!

“Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.”

“Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.”

“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”

I wrote about accepting your flaws – remember?  Accept your flaws, accept yourself, stop judging others and living in denial…etc.  Wasn’t that what I wrote in my last post?  I AM BRUCE LEE!

“The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.”

Stillness in itself can not be known or defined.  Only movement defines stillness just as the physical defines the spiritual.  I swear I know I sound like an idiot at times, but there’s some wisdom in me yet.  This should be proof, right?  I think like a master – literally, a master!

“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.”

“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.”

“Those who are unaware are walking in darkness and will never seek the light.”

“If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo. ”

“All knowledge leads to self-knowledge.”

“The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

“Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.”

That last one is totally me.  I hate arguing with people.  It’s not that I’m incapable of taking a stand, it’s just that I don’t care.  I have nothing to prove.


“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.”

“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”

In other words, using your creative right mind – your higher mind.

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

Unless you believe you are not creative, than in that case you depend on established systems and styles.  They become your safety.  A place to go where you’ll never be wrong or harmed by discovering the limitations you set for yourself.

“Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man etc. Then he becomes a slave to the pattern and takes the pattern to be the real thing.”

An example of cognitive dissonance and living in denial.

bruce lee quote

The only thing I can say about the above quote is that hell yes.  Taken from experience.  You’re just going to have to trust me on that.

“It is compassion rather than the principle of justice which can guard us against being unjust to our fellow men.”

Compassion is only felt using your higher creative mind.  If you rely solely on structured systems of justice to define wrong from right, you will never understand why they are wrong, or what makes them right.  You’ll never be able to think for yourself.  You’ll never be able to experience the deeper realms of understanding that exist passed systematic reason.

“If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself.”

“Effort within the mind further limits the mind, because effort implies struggle towards a goal and when you have a goal, a purpose, an end in view, you have placed a limit on the mind.”

Don’t take anything seriously – a secret told plainly in my last post.

“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.”

This can be done with meditation.

“…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.”

I am in absolute accordance with being myself.  And because I’m okay with myself, resistance arrises in others out of their own fear of being incapable of possessing the capacity to stand alone.  I embody what they lack.  Because of this, we can never depend on anyone for our peace of mind.  We should never listen to anyone telling us how we should feel.  Be like water and flow around their judgements with indifferent compassion.

bruce lee

bruce lee

“Voidness is that which stands right in the middle between this and that. The void is all-inclusive, having no opposite–there is nothing which it excludes or opposes. It is living void, because all forms come out of it and whoever realizes the void is filled with life and power and the love of all beings.”

“There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every movement in Jeet Kune-Do is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way.”

“Satori – in the awakening from a dream. Awakening and self-realization and seeing into one’s own being – these are synonymous.”

Okay, I’m done.  I’m floored.  Completely floored.  Here’s a guy, a man born half-way around the world, died before I was even born – coming from an opposite background as my own.  But still, we have more similarities than differences simply because we are able to see truth through simplicity – to feel (intuit) and not think.  To believe that God is in us.

I know nobody really cares about any of this, and that’s fine.  But it’s nice to know that I’m not alone.  That there was at least one other person who philosophized and created his life using the same logic I gained through my awkward year of actualization.  The same logic!  The same insights!

I’m going to be honest here and say that I’m completely in love with Bruce Lee.  I can not be any more in love with anyone than I am with Bruce Lee.

I taken 7 years of karate from ages 9 – 16.  I watched every Bruce Lee movie before reaching 10.  Bruce Lee, unknowingly, has been my greatest inspiration.  I unwittingly adopted his philosophy – which may just be the universal philosophy.

When someone inspires you, they use your own power to propel you, giving you resolve and belief.  When a friend believes in you, it reinforces everything and empowers you, inspiring yourself.  Inspiration is power and can spread when left untouched by doubt.

I’ll believe in you when you start believing in yourself.  You are potential and probability.

I am more than a collection of blog posts.

Spend time, don’t waste time.

The End.


Filed under philosophy, Self help

5 responses to “A Tribute To Bruce Lee: His Quotes and Philosophy

  1. Hey just want to say thank you for back-linking me =) really appreciate it! Have a great summer! =D

  2. Whoa. Thank you for sharing and thanks for linking me as well. Bruce Lee is crunk y’know.

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