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Little Dragon quotes

Feel like doing something different this post and posting a few of my favourite quotes from one of, if not, my biggest inspiration and role model – Bruce Lee.  (Little Dragon was the meaning of his Chinese screen name, Li Xiaolong)  To some, Bruce was just a pioneer of martial arts movies.  But he was so much more than that.  A philosopher, teacher, martial artist, actor, dancer, evolutionary, and much more.  Those who know him only from his appearances on screen only see the tip of the iceberg.  He has written a great deal of books, created is own style of martial arts (which by definition isn’t a ‘style’), taught martial arts and so on.  While I could write a great deal about him, in fact I probably will dedicate a post to his life, I just wanted to expose a few of his gems of insight: (in no particular order) [Also I’d like to point out that much of Bruce Lee’s life philosophies quite well tie together a great deal of what I have written about]

‘A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at’

‘I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine’

‘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’

‘I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times’

‘Real living is living for others’

‘”What is” is more important than “what should be.”  Too many people are looking at “what is” from a position of thinking “what should be”‘

‘The “moment” has not yesterday or tomorrow.  It is not the result of thought and, therefore, has not time’

‘To understand one another, there must be a state of choiceless awareness where there is no sense of comparison or condemnation, no waiting for a further development of discussion in order to agree or disagree. Above all, don’t start from a conclusion’

‘Choose the positive.  You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive.  Optimism is a faith that leads to success’

‘Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it’

‘Flow in the living moment.  We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo’

‘Absorb what is useful, discard what is not.  Add what is uniquely your own’

‘When we hold to the core, the opposite sides are the same if they are seen from the center of the moving circle. I do not experience; I am experience. I am not the subject of experience; I am that experience. I am awareness. Nothing else can be I or can exist’