Bruce Lee

  • American actor
  • Born November 27, 1940
  • Died July 20, 1973

Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA). Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West.

Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.

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

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.

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.

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

If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

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.

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.

As you think, so shall you become.

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.

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.

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

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

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.

Obey the principles without being bound by them.

It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.

The possession of anything begins in the mind.

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.

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

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.

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.

Real living is living for others.

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

A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.

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

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.

Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.

Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.