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"…Bruce Lee books are now also available in ebook format…That's great, it's nice if you're traveling to take everything with you in one little small container so-to-speak." —Martial Thoughts Podcast

"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

"In the collection of his writings 'Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living,' Lee explains that there is a difference between the fulfillment of one's desires and the fulfillment of how one desires to appear to the world…" —Business Insider

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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Product Details

  • Series: Bruce Lee Library
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 40878th edition (June 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804834717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804834711
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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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, I'm more impressed by his courage and compassion. John Little did a great job editing this treasure. I'd recommend it to any man that I thought needed a boost in confidence and direction.
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By A Customer on March 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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By Sam on October 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
When i first saw this book in "Borders" I did not take it seriously at all. I almost laughed because it was from Bruce Lee. Nonetheless I decided to read a few pages and I found it to be interesting. I have read some other reviews of this book on here and they were very negative. It seems that these people have something personal against Bruce Lee for some reason or another. Anyway, i just read this book as a glimpse into someone else's mind. I'm no Bruce Lee freak or anything, to me he was just another man and his movies were ok. What is important is that you realize that this person was a man just like any other man who walked the earth and had his own experiences and his words mean something regardless of a philosophy college course or regardless of him being an actor. When I read the book i'm not looking for the meaning of life (although Bruce Lee does give what he BELIEVES to be the meaning of life). I just take the positive elements that i agree with and apply them to my life in which ever way i can because as the book says you won't gain enlightenment from reading a mere book.

I have read other books on the mind and thought and there are some similarities with this and others, but is it not likely that Lee also read these books and agreed with the writers? There is the saying that great minds think alike. If you enjoy reading inspirational books pick this up.
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This book has great insights to many aspects of life. It is a must have for all martial artists, both teachers and practitioners. Mr. Lee was a very profound man, with not only insights to martial arts, but into life as well. These insights came from his ongoing quest to learn and progress not only as a martial artist but as a person aw well. This book provides people with a look at the mind behind the legend. If you are looking for insights, philosophies, or simply quotes this book is for you.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Bruce Lee's viewpoints on life,collected by John Little and put together in this book,is absolute inspiration.No matter what religion you believe,no matter who you are,unless you're out of touch with your heart,you'll love this book.My brother always would quote the Bible and now that I bought him this book, he quotes that as well,oddly not being a fan,he quotes Bruce Lee more than the Bible now.I always have anyway,I caught Lee's message long ago.Now in this book,it's all laid out for anyone. You don't need to be a fan or a martial artist to treasure this wisdom,all you gotta be is a human-being."I want to be remembered not as a martial artist,but as a human-being."-Bruce Lee
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I have owned this book for several years now, and still flip through it from time to time. More then anything else, this is a collection of Bruce's random thoughts and observations compiled into one book. A majority of the thoughts are Zen/Taoist/Buddhist in nature, and when I first read them they really opened up my eyes and broke me out of my boring existence I once lived in. People that don't appreciate the martial arts and/or Buddhist philosophy might find some of his thoughts a little out there and useless to them. All in all, for the price, you can't beat this book.
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