"Be happy, but never satisfied."
"Be happy, but never satisfied."
"Real living is living for others."
"Running water never grows stale. So you just have to “keep on flowing.”"
"Your state of mind is everything."
"As you think, so shall you become."
"Balance your thoughts with action."
"Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory."
"Evaluation by others is not a guide for me."
"Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot"
"The possession of anything begins in the mind."
"Obey the principles without being bound by them."
"A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough."
"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities."
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."
"It's the law of averages: put in more, come out with more."
"The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be."
"You will never get any more out of this life than you expect."
"Genius: The capacity to see and to express what is simple, simply!"
"Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them."
"All types of knowledge ultimately mean self-knowledge."
To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.
A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.
Concentration is the root of all the higher abilities in man.
If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.
Success is not in reaching the destination, but in making the journey.
To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery.
Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.
When you say that something is impossible, you have made it impossible.
Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.
If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity.
The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.
If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.
The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.
It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.
Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
Only the self-sufficient stand alone - most people follow the crowd and imitate.
Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.
Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Faith is a state of mind that can be conditioned through self-discipline. Faith will accomplish.
Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it.
Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strange confidence.
I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.
The change is from inner to outer. We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions.
Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
If there is a God, he is within. You don’t ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.
All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
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.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
When you’re talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you’d better train every part of your body!
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a patter of systems.
You must accept the fact that there is no help but self-help. I cannot tell you how to gain freedom since freedom exists within you.
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.
Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.
If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
Life lives; and in the living flow, no questions are raised. The reason is that life is a living now! So, in order to live life whole-heartedly, the answer is life simply is.
Training for strength and flexibility is a must. You must use it to support your techniques. Techniques alone are no good if you don't support them with strength and flexibility.
Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient. Thus the tensed expert marksman will aim at a level less than his or her student.
In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.
Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.
There is no such thing as maturity. There is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing. Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That’s the end. That’s when the coffin is closed.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. Put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or creep or drip or crash. Be water, my friend.
It is not a shame to be knocked down by other people. The important thing is to ask when you're being knocked down, 'Why am I being knocked down?' If a person can reflect in this way, then there is hope for this person.
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.
To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves. This difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization is very important. Most people live only for their image.
Jeet Kune Do favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms and since Jeet Kune Do has no style, it can fit in with all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is bound by none and, likewise, uses any techniques which serve its end.
A kung fu man who was really good was not proud at all. Pride emphasizes the superiority of one's status. There has to be fear and insecurity in pride, because when you aim at being highly esteemed and achieve such status, you automatically start to worry about losing status.
Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life. Do not be concerned with escaping safely – lay your life before him.
Life is better lived than conceptualized. — This writing can be less demanding should I allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I’ve come to understand that life is best to be lived — not to be conceptualized. If you have to think, you still do not understand.
You must have complete determination.
The happiness that is derived from excitement is like a brilliant fire – soon it will go out.
The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession.