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To this day, there has never been a more famous martial artist than Bruce Lee. He is also one of the most recognizable actors around the world. Lee was born November 27th, 1940 in San Francisco. However, he quickly moved to Hong Kong. It was there that a young Bruce would first get his taste for the silver screen. He starred in a number of movies as a child actor before returning back to the United States. From a young age, Lee showed a love for and proficiency in the martial arts, especially Wing-Chun. So when he made his return back to movies, it was in the capacity of a martial artist. His first taste of success came in the television show The Green Hornet, where he played a supporting, but reoccurring role. Although the show would only last for two years, it gave Lee the shot he needed to go into greater films. The Chinese Connection (1972) substantiated him as a box office draw that helped him land Fist of Fury. After that movie, Lee would begin the trilogy that would solidify his legacy. First came Way of the Dragon in 1972. Then Enter the Dragon in 1973. Finally, the uncompleted Game of Death was produced in 1973. Unfortunately, Lee would die before he could see the film take to the big screen. While many friends and family members questioned the cause his death at just 32 years of age, Lee apparently died of an acute cerebral edema due to the medication he had been prescribed for headaches and seizures.

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

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

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

Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
Bruce Lee

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
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Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it
becomes the cup. Put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or creep or
drip or crash. Be water, my friend.
Bruce Lee

Running water never grows stale. So you just have to "keep on flowing."
Bruce Lee

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had
practiced one kick 10,000 times.
Bruce Lee

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

If you don't want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
Bruce Lee

You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come across is one
whose aim has become an obsession. For instance, if a man has decided that he is going to
bite off your nose no matter what happens to him in the process, the chances are he will
succeed in doing it. He may be severely beaten up, too, but that will not stop him from
carrying out his objective. That is the real fighter.
Bruce Lee

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

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to
mine.
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Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.
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Life lives; and in the living flow, no questions are raised. The reason is that life is a living now!
So, in order to live life whole-heartedly, the answer is life simply is.
Bruce Lee

Be happy, but never satisfied.
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Faith is a state of mind that can be conditioned through self-discipline. Faith will accomplish.
Bruce Lee

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
Bruce Lee

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.
Bruce Lee

For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a
lifetime.
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Balance your thoughts with action.
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Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.
Bruce Lee

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

A self-willed man obeys a different law, the one law I, too, hold absolutely sacred - the
human law in himself, his own individual will.
Bruce Lee

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
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When you're talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you'd better train
every part of your body!
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

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

There is no such thing as maturity. There is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing.
Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That's the end.
That's when the coffin is closed.
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All types of knowledge ultimately mean self-knowledge.
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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

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.
Bruce Lee

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