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Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living [Paperback]

Bruce Lee , John Little
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June 15 2002 Bruce Lee Library
Within the pages of Striking Thoughts, you will find the secrets of Bruce Lee's amazing success- as an actor, martial artist, and inspiration to the world. Consisting of eight sections, Striking Thoughts covers 72 topics and 825 aphorisms-from spirituality to personal liberation and from family life to filmmaking-all of which Bruce lived by.

His ideas helped energize his life and career, and made it possible for him to live a happy and assured life, overcoming difficult obstacles with seeming ease. His ideas also inspired his family, friends, students, and colleagues to achieve success in their own lives and this personal collection will help you in your journey too.

Sections include:
- On First Principles -including life, existence, time, and death
- On Being Human -including the mind, happiness, fear, and dreams
- On Matters of Existence -health, love, marriage, raising children, ethics, racism, and adversity
- On Achievement -work, goals, faith, success, money, and fame
- On Art and Artists -art, filmmaking, and acting
- On Personal Liberation -conditioning, Zen Buddhism, meditation, and freedom
- On the Process of Becoming -self-actualization, self-help, self-expression, and growth
- On Ultimate (Final) Principles -Yin-yang, totality, Tao, and the truth
A teacher is never a giver of truth-he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst."—Bruce Lee

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"Since he himself would not wholly accept any particular style of martial art or philosophy, Bruce encouraged his students not to accept, without question, his teachings. His main message was to keep one's mind, attitude, and senses pliable and receptive, and, at the same time, develop the ability to think correctly. This process of inquiry, debate, and practice would lead not only to knowledge of one's physical strengths and weaknesses but also to the discovery of basic truths that allow one to grow toward a state of harmonious unity of spirit, mind, and body."—Linda Lee Cadwell, from her preface

"He was a teacher first of all. He taught philosophy and tried to spread knowledge and wisdom…The integrity with which Bruce Lee lived his life and tried to uphold what he believed to be right—that is a clear example of how it ought to be done. No matter what it is you're doing, do it with total honesty and total dedication. He definitely influenced me."—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"I thought Bruce was a brilliant, fine philosopher about everyday living. He was very much into finding out who he was. His comment to people was 'Know yourself.' The good head that he acquired was through his knowing himself. He and I used to have great long discussions about that. No matter what you do in life, if you don't know yourself, you're never going to be able to appreciate anything in life. That, I think, is today's mark of a good human being—to know yourself."—Steve McQueen

"Bruce's philosophy seemed always to be going back to the Zen origins, where contradictory advice states the simplest of truths. Bruce's lessons were lessons without being lessons; he was not a teacher, yet he was the greatest teacher I've ever known."—Stirling Silliphant

"For every question you asked him he would never have to think about it, he would just blurt it right out. Bruce would cover every point with a little saying. If he would see that you were having trouble with something, he would always know just what to tell you. It would seem like he was always dusting off your 'bogie man.' Like if there was something that you were scared of, Bruce would notice and then say 'Ah, scared of that, well look at it this way.' He would change your whole idea about it. Bruce had sayings for everything."—Bob Bremer, student of Bruce Lee

"We'd work out for an hour, then we'd talk for an hour about a lot of things. He didn't separate life from the extension in his arm. And he is the only one I know of that carried it to the point of real art."—James Coburn

About the Author

John Little is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Bruce Lee. He's the only person who has ever been authorized to review the entirety of Lee's personal notes, sketches and reading annotations, giving him an insider's look at Lee's training methods and philosophies. He's shared this information with Lee's fans in his books published by Tuttle Publishing, including: Bruce Lee: Artist of Life ; Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way ; Letters of the Dragon ; The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art ; Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body and Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A new side to a well known man Sept. 30 2003
Before finding this book I was unaware of Bruce Lee's work in Philosophy. I am a Phil major myself, and I found the balance of western and eastern thought refreshing. A lot of Philosophy is grouped in long wordy essays that make it somewhat a stratified ivory tower type of field. Lee's book is organzied in easy to read, simple koans, proverbs and sayings.
To one who has read a great deal of Buddhism, Pyschology, or Eastern thought, they may read a lot of what they may have already read. But this book doesn't disappoint, there are some quality nuggets in here. Bruce says much in few words, his eloquence can be stunning & profound.
Although I'm not really into martial arts or anything like that I always revered him in a certain light, in fitness, command, and eloquence.
Worth a read, I have new respect for Bruce Lee.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never Be Too Much Help April 23 2004
Whether or not you study JKD or anything similar, it doesn't matter...you will keep on continuing to learn from one of the most influential people of our lifetime. This book doesn't have "the answer" per say. But neither did Bruce, as he said...he is only a guide...it is up to us to find our own truth, our own "way". So to the people that get this book. Just read it, and move on...keep moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a good read April 21 2001
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When Bruce Lee wrote the contents of this book, I don't think his concerns lay in the creation of a text which conforms to the institutionalised and narrow teachings of Universities which create narrow minded 'philosophers' - I believe his philosophy was exactly that - his - and it was his way of looking at the world and coping with it, which I might add couldn't have been far wrong looking at his achievements. If you are open minded and interested in the thinking and workings of the mind which created a true icon and hero... I suggest reading this book. It does not concern the futile questions often found in philosophy I am sure, but it concerns things that those of us who aren't philosophers can relate to - life, day to day problems. Worth a good read it if you have any interest in Bruce Lee and even if you don't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Lee's Greatest Work! March 9 2000
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This book could easily have been retitlted "Bruce Lee Speaks To Everyone" for there is something of great worth for anyone who takes the time to pick up this book. My sister, who doesn't care a whit for fighting, picked up this book and has now purchased her own copy to carry with her to school. Bruce Lee's philosophy, which is more like deep yet practical insights into life is magnificent. Topics covered range from relationships, racism, love, parenting, dealing with adversity, money, business and motivation, to the more profound topics such as life, death and spirituality. This is by far the greatest Bruce Lee book I've ever read and something I will refer to again and again.
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To all, even with no previous knowledge of Bruce Lee this is a book which those of a philosophical nature, liking to question many things in life an look for inspiration about many aspects of life must read! it is a deeply inpsirational book spanning many thoughts on many aspects of life an human beings. many just know him as a movie 'star,' but not many know the other side of his life, his philosophy! it is a deep insight into his thoughts and feelings which many dont take into account when discussing him but in all totality he was a great man with a great mind who shouldnt just be ignored! but those who have the chance to read his philosophy should and be inspired!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy for Life March 29 2000
John Little has done it again. Distilling Bruce Lee's thoughts in this manner has resulted in a great reference on his philosophy. Examples include thoughts on "defeat," which is a path toward success and truth, according to Bruce. This can be applied to a martial artist competing in a tournament, a business person fired from his or her job -- virtually any endeavor. The book is full of similar thoughts, which, if studied and considered carefully, can help anyone find a more fulfilling and peaceful path through life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing guide.......... Sept. 2 2001
After reading the introduction to this book, I realized that Bruce Lee may just be thought of as one of the most powerful thinkers of the 20th century. His ability to express his personal views on life and everything around us in very few words,yet, pack each statement with such power, is phenomenol.To pick up this book, and just read a couple of pages, leaves me with heartfelt inspiration. Inspiration that i take into my day, and put it into my daily actions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond JKD Feb. 18 2002
I am enlightened and motivated by Bruce Lee's insight into the human condition. I am a student of Jeet Kune Do; his words hit harder than his punches ever will! Our foremost perceptions of Bruce Lee's life are bound to images of a martial arts master; however, in this book we see a very different Bruce Lee. His words of wisdom are easy to read and are more importantly, easy to apply to one's life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy? Did you say philosophy?
Once more, the people responsible for Bruce Lee's, ahem, legacy are attempting to boost the '70s star's image, this time drifting to a different domain: philosophy. Read more
Published on June 4 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Bruce Lee
I enjoyed this book at first, but after reading James Bishop's book "Dynamic Becoming" he showed that most of the stuff published in "Striking Thoughts" comes... Read more
Published on March 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book is wonderful. I found it to be usefull in a lot of situations, and opens up new windows to other topics of life. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2002 by Orgon TNC
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberating
Great read that compliments a glimpse of what the man was about... Bruce is about energy and living life to live...
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Published on May 30 2001 by Romano Da Silva
1.0 out of 5 stars philosopher?
I hold a doctorate in philosophy and must warn people from buying this book. It is written by the ignorant for the ignorant. Bruce Lee was not a philosopher. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be a Best-Seller! Great insight on life!
Here's an encyclopedia of personal development advice from an unlikely source. While most people may be attracted to Bruce Lee because of his movies or the legend he left behind,... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2000 by Steve Nakamoto - Author of Talk Like A Winner - Men Are Like Fish - Dating Rocks - Wall Street Craps
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