“If you’re up there [on stage] thinking about what you’re doing, you’re just not there and it’s not going to happen.So trying to learn how to overcome those – which is a normal thing to do. You’re in front of a lot of people. People are going to get very self-conscious. So you have to learn to sort of overcome that tendency towards self-consciousness and just blow it wide open. And you jump in and join all those people that are out there enjoying what you’re doing together.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“Work creates an enormous sense of self and I saw that in my mother. She was an enormous, towering figure to me in the best possible way. I picked up a lot of things from her in the way that I work… I also picked up a lot of the failings of when your father doesn’t have those things and that results in a house that turns into a minefield.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“Don’t take yourself too seriously. And take yourself as seriously as death itself.”

 

Bruce Springsteen

“Our competition in life is solely with our old self.”

 

Boyd K. Packer

“Our whole social order could self-destruct over the obsession with freedom disconnected from responsibility; where choice is imagined to be somehow independent of consequences.”

 

Boyd K. Packer

“It’s easy to see golf not as a game at all but as some whey-faced, nineteenth-century Presbyterian minister’s fever dream of exorcism achieved through ritual and self-mortification.”

 

Bruce McCall

“Self-knowledge is the basis of jeet kune do because it is effective not only for the individual’s martial art but also for his life as a human being.”

 

Bruce Lee

“All types of knowledge ultimately lead to self-knowledge. So, therefore, these people are asking me to teach them, not so much how to defend themselves or how to do somebody in. Rather, they want to learn to express themselves through some movement, be it anger, be it determination or whatever. So, in other words, they’re paying me to show them, in combative form, the art of expressing the human body.”

 

Bruce Lee

“After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge.”

 

Bruce Lee

“I’m moving and not moving at all. I’m like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking. It is not, “I am doing this,” but rather, an inner realization that “this is happening through me,” or “it is doing this for me.” The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Concepts vs. self-actualization. – Instead of dedicating your life to actualize a concept of what you should be like, ACTUALIZE YOURSELF. The process of maturing does not mean to become a captive of conceptualization. It is to come to the realization of what lies in our innermost selves.”

 

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

“The world is full of people who are determined to be somebody or to give trouble. They want to get ahead, to stand out. Such ambition has no use for a gung fu man, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition”

 

Bruce Lee

“The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Zen is not “attained” by mirror-wiping mediation, but by “self-forgetfulness in the existential ‘present’ of life here and now.” We do not “come”, we “are.” Don’t strive to become, but be.”

 

Bruce Lee

“There’s only one basic principle of self-defense- you must apply the most effective weapon, as soon as possible, to the most vulnerable target.”

 

Bruce Lee

“All knowledge, is ultimately, self knowledge.”

 

Bruce Lee

“We should devote ourselves to being self-sufficient and must not depend upon the external ratings by others for our happiness.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Maturation is the development from environmental support to self-support.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousn ess.”

 

Bruce Lee