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“I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers or leaves. It is futile to argue as to which leaf, which design of branches, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all its blossoming.”

 

Bruce Lee

“The athlete who is building muscles though weight training should be very sure to work adequately on speed and flexibility at the same time. In combat, without the prior attributes, a strong man will be like the bull with its colossal strength futilely pursuing the matador or like a low-geared truck chasing a rabbit.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Good technique includes quick changes, great variety and speed. It may be a system of reversals much like a concept of God and the Devil. In the speed of events, which one is really in charge? Do they change places with lightning speed? The Chinese believe so. To put the heart of the martial arts in your own heart and have it be a part of you means total comprehension.”

 

Bruce Lee

“All martial art is simply an honest expression of one’s body — with a lot of deception in between.”

 

Bruce Lee

“I do not fear the man who practices 1,000 kicks one time each. I fear the man who practices 1 kick 1,000 times.”

 

Bruce Lee

“I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers or leaves.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Jeet Kune Do: it’s just a name; don’t fuss over it. There’s no such thing as a style if you understand the roots of combat.”

 

Bruce Lee

“What can you take from me which is not already yours?”

 

Bruce Lee

“True observation begins when devoid of set patterns; freedom of expression occurs when one is beyond system.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Knowledge earns you power, character earns you respect.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Simplicity of expression rather than complexity of form.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Too much horsing around with unrealistic stances and classic forms and rituals is just too artificial and mechanical, and doesn’t really prepare the student for actual combat. A guy could get clobbered while getting into this classical mess. Classical methods like these, which I consider a form of paralysis, only solidify and constrain what was once fluid. Their practitioners are merely blindly rehearsing routines and stunts that will lead nowhere.”

 

Bruce Lee

“The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity … the ability to express the utmost with the minimum. It is the halfway cultivation that leads to ornamentation.”

 

Bruce Lee

“Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart.”

 

Bruce Lee

“The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead — big possibilities. Like the song says, We’ve just begun.”

 

Bruce Lee

“The success of an assailant’s attack depends on surprise, and if you’re sufficiently alert to prevent a surprise, your counterattack is already halfway to being successful.”

 

Bruce Lee

“The ideal is unnatural naturalness, or natural unnaturalness. I mean it is a combination of both. I mean here is natural instinct and here is control. You are to combine the two in harmony. Not if you have one to the extreme, you’ll be very unscientific. If you have another to the extreme, you become, all of a sudden, a mechanical man No longer a human being. It is a successful combination of both. That way it is a process of continuing growth.”

 

Bruce Lee

“There’s so much myth and baloney. Like a 80-year-old man able to manhandle a 300-pounder with his little finger. Ridiculous. Or this matter of breaking bricks and boards wth the edge of your hand. Now I ask you, did you ever see a brick or a board pick a fight with anybody?”

 

Bruce Lee