I always thought of Bruce Lee as just a martial arts movie actor until the day I came across an app for Bruce Lee quotes.  I was astonished at how insightful he was.  To add a stellar commitment to excellence and superior skill,  was both admirable and inspiring. I still refer to his quotes often for inspiration.

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Quotes from the master of self discipline and dedication to excellence

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”

“As you think, so shall you become”.

“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.” 

“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.”  

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

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”  

“Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.” 

“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.”

“Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

“If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll make it impossible.”

“Endurance is lost rapidly if one ceases to work at its maximum.”

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

“To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.”

“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.”

“’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’.”

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

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