BRUCE LEE QUOTES

 “Tao of Jeet Kune Do”

  • The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.
  • Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner, and am often lost in the joy of forever developing.
  • I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself.
  • In every passionate pursuit, the pursuit counts more than the object pursued.
  • Understanding requires not just a moment of perception, but a continuous awareness, a continuous state of inquiry without conclusion.
  • Understanding comes about through feeling, from moment to moment in the mirror of relationship.
  • There is no thought, only thusness””what is. Thusness does not move, but its motion and function are inexhaustible.
  • Knowledge is fixed in time, whereas knowing is continual. Knowledge comes from a source, from an accumulation, from a conclusion, while knowing is a movement.
  • There is no fixed teaching. All I can provide is an appropriate medicine for a particular ailment.
  • The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas, and tradition.
  • If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow you are not understanding yourself.
  • If there is any secret, it is missed by seeking.
  • Classical forms dull your creativity, condition and freeze your sense of freedom. You no longer “be,” but merely “do,” without sensitivity.
  • Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety’ in that state of mind there is perception.
  • Self-expression is total, immediate, without conception of time, and you can only express that if you are free, physically and mentally, from fragmentation.
  • Training deals not with an object, but with the human spirit and human emotions.
  • Learning coordination is a matter of training the nervous system and not a question of training muscles.
  • Energy saved by sound mechanics of form can be utilized in the longer persistence or more forceful expression of the skill.
  • High levels of perceptual speed are the product of learning, not of inheritance.
  • Think with your whole body.
  • There is no fixed teaching. All I can provide is an appropriate medicine for a particular ailment.
  • The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition.
  • If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow you are not understanding yourself.
  • Classical forms dull your creativity, condition and freeze your sense of freedom. You no longer “be,” but merely “do,” without sensitivity.
  • Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind there is perception.
  • Self-expression is total, immediate, without conception of time, and you can only express that if you are free, physically and mentally, from fragmentation.
  • Training deals not with an object, but with the human spirit and human emotions.
  • Learning coordination is a matter of training the nervous system and not a question of training muscles.
  • Energy saved by sound mechanics of form can be utilized in the longer persistence or more forceful expression of the skill.
  • High levels of perceptual speed are the product of learning, not of inheritance.
  • In every passionate pursuit, the pursuit counts more than the object pursued.
  • All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Use only that which works, and take it from any place you find it.
  • What man has to get over is consciousness. The consciousness of himself.
  • Don’t look for secret moves. Don’t look for secret movements. If you’re always hunting for secret techniques you’re going to miss it. It’s you. It’s your body that’s the key.
  • Truth is the daughter of inspiration; intellectual analysis and partialized debate keep the people away from the truth. It is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss the heavenly glory.
  • The I no longer feels the self to be separated from you and the whole idea of taking advantage or getting something out of something becomes absurd.
  • Freedom of expression occurs when one is beyond system.
  • Time means a lot to me because you see I am a learner and I am often lost in the joy of learning.
  • Man is constantly growing. And when he is bound by a set pattern of ideas or Way of doing things, that’s when he stops growing.
  • To be bound by traditional martial art style or styles is the way of the mindless, enslaved martial artist, but to be inspired by the traditional martial art and to achieve further heights is the way of genius.
  • Man is always in a learning process. Whereas “style” is a concluding, established, solidified something, you know? You cannot do that because you learn every day as you grow on, grow older.
  • The four idea principles:
  • Find a human need, an unsolved problem.
  • Master all of the essentials of the problem.
    Give a new twist to an old principle.
    Believe in your ideas and act.
  • Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of the mind. I will exercise it daily when indeed the urge to action for any purpose; and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily.
  • Not conviction, not method, but perception is the way of the truth. It is a slate of effortless awareness, pliable awareness, choice less awareness.
  • Require not just a moment of perception, but a continuous awareness, a continuous state of inquiry in which there is no conclusion.