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"Be Water, My Friend..." #brucelee

I've always admired Bruce Lee, his precision alone is astounding. He was also quite a sage, who imparted a great deal of wisdom during his lifetime. I recently watched a video of an interview with Bruce Lee, and was inspired to write it all down. I now share it with you, so that you may be inspired as well. "Be Water, My Friend." - Bruce Lee

"The word Superstar really turns me off and I'll tell you why, because the word star, man, is an illusion. It's something that the public calls you. As an actor, as a martial artist, as a human being, all these I have learned from martial arts.

Here is the natural instinct, and here is control. You are to combine the two in harmony. If you have one to the extreme, you will be very unscientific. If you have another to the extreme, you become all of a sudden a mechanical man. No longer a human being. So it's a successful combination of both.

I say 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 into a teapot, it becomes the tea pot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

Ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself. Now, it is very difficult to do. I mean, it is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, and be flooded with a cocky feeling, and then feel pretty cool and all that. Oh, I can make all kinds of phony things, see what I mean? Blinded by it. Oh, I can show you some really fancy movement, but to express oneself honestly... Not lying to myself, and express myself honestly, that my friend, is very hard to do.

Here I Am. You know... as a Human Being. How can I express myself?" #brucelee



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