Bruce Lee was born on November 27th, 1940 — “according to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Dragon” — in San Francisco, California, because his mother had been accompanying his father while he toured across the United States with the opera, but he grew up in Hong Kong.
The younger Lee began appearing in films as a child and was frequently cast as a juvenile delinquent or street urchin. As a teenager, he took up with local gangs and began learning kung fu to better defend himself. At that time he also started dance lessons, which further refined his footwork and balance; in 1958 Lee won the Hong Kong cha-cha championship. Lee’s parents were increasingly disturbed by his street fighting and run-ins with the police, and they sent him to live in the United States shortly after he turned 18.
He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA). Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.
1.“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.”– Bruce Lee
2.“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”– Bruce Lee
3.“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.”– Bruce Lee
4.“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”– Bruce Lee
5.“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.”– Bruce Lee
6.“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and 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.”– Bruce Lee
7.“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.”– Bruce Lee
8.“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”– Bruce Lee
9.“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”– Bruce Lee
10.“The possession of anything begins in the mind.”– Bruce Lee
11.“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”– Bruce Lee
12.“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.”– Bruce Lee
13.“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”– Bruce Lee
14.“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.”– Bruce Lee
15.“If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.”– Bruce Lee
16.”Obey the principles without being bound by them.”– Bruce Lee
17.”It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it.“– Bruce Lee
18.“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”– Bruce Lee
19.“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”– Bruce Lee
20.“If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you.”– Bruce Lee
21.Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.– Bruce Lee
22.A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.– Bruce Lee
23.To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.– Bruce Lee
24.Real living is living for others.– Bruce Lee
25.The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.– Bruce Lee
26.If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.– Bruce Lee
27.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.– Bruce Lee
28.The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.– Bruce Lee
29.In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.– Bruce Lee
30.Be happy, but never satisfied.– Bruce Lee
31.Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.– Bruce Lee
32.The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.– Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee Facts
- He never went into a swimming pool after a traumatic experience in his youth.
- Bruce’s sister, Agnes, was the one who first started calling him “Little Dragon,” a nickname that stuck with him in Asia throughout his life.
- Bruce Lee was a child actor in Hong Kong.
- Bruce Lee started on his journey of learning martial arts when he was thirteen, which is when he began learning Wing Chun from Yip Man.
- After a martial arts demonstration he put on, he started teaching martial arts to a select group of students who were interested in the form he practiced; a form they had never seen before.
- During the summer of 1961 (a few months after starting at the University of Washington), Bruce paid for a business license and officially opened a martial arts school called the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. He was only 20 years old.
- He dated a girl named Amy Sanbo for three years and asked her to marry him multiple times, even though she kept rejecting him. The last time was in the summer of 1963, before he was to return to Hong Kong to visit his family. She said no and they went on their separate ways.
- He had a great sense of humor.
- He didn’t have to sign up for the draft because he was deemed physically unacceptable by the army because of an undescended testicle.
- He practised 5000 punches a day
- He could puncture cola cans with his fingers.
- Bruce Lee carried a .367 Magnum for safety
- He charged $275 US dollars an hour for private lessons in the ’60s.
- He kickstarted Jackie Chan’s acting career.