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Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

by Bruce Lee, John Little (Editor)

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Bruce Lee was more than just a man of action-he was a man of words. A voracious reader, Lee studied text after text, taking meticulous notes to devise his theories-in fighting and in life strategy. Here, for the first time, John Little, who was granted exclusive access to Lee's notebooks, presents Lee's writings on his philosophies of daily living including acting, fatherhood, and the martial arts. As the 60th anniversary of his birth approaches, Bruce Lee is an ever-popular icon of the 20th century-a man truly ahead of his time not just in his mastery of martial arts, but in his forward thinking and his timeless wisdom.

Excerpted from Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living by Bruce Lee, John Little. Copyright 2000. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
The Mind

An intelligent mind is constantly learning. -
An intelligent mind is one which is constantly learning, never concluding - styles and patterns have come to conclusion, therefore they [have] ceased to be intelligent.

An intelligent mind is an inquiring mind -
An intelligent mind is an INQUIRING mind. It is not satisfied with explanations, with conclusions; nor is it a mind that believes, because belief is again another form of conclusion.

The qualities of mind -
To be one thing and not to change is the climax of STILLNESS. To have nothing in one that resists is the climax of EMPTINESS. To remain detached from all outside things is the climax of FINENESS. To have in oneself no contraries is the climax of PURITY.

You are the commander of your mind -
I've always been buffeted by circumstances because I thought of myself as a human being [affected by] outside conditioning. Now I realize that I am the power that commands the feeling of my mind and from which circumstances grow.

To free the mind -
In order that the mind may function naturally and harmoniously it must be freed from all attachment to oppositional notions. The mind should be freed from the influence of the external world. To let the mind take its course unhindered among phenomena. Not the cultivated innocence of a clever mind that wants to be innocent, but that state of innocence in which there is no denial or acceptance, and in which the mind just sees what is.

 

 

 

 

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