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Bruce Lee: Tao of Jeet Kune Do (selections from the book)

-The point is the doing of them rather than the accomplishments. There is no actor but the action; there is no experiencer but the experience.

-Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.

-Do not run away; let go. Do not seek, for it will come when least expected.

-Jeet Kune Do favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms and since Jett 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 or means which serve its end.

-Jeet Kune Do does not beat around the bush. It does not take winding detours. It follows a straight line to the objective. Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points.

-The tools, your natural weapons, have a double purpose:

1.) To destroy the opponent in front of you - annihilation of things that stand in the way of peace, justice and humanity.

2.) To destroy your own impulses caused by the instincts of self-preservation. To destroy anything bothering your mind. Not to hurt anyone, but to overcome your own greed, anger and folly. Jeet Kune Do is directed toward oneself.

-Knowledge is fixed in time, whereas, knowing is continual. Knowledge comes from a source, from an accumulation, from a conclusion, while knowing is a movement.

-If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow - you are not understanding yourself.

-Understanding comes about through feeling, from moment to moment in the mirror of relationship.

-Understanding oneself happens through a process of relationships and not through isolation.

-To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.

-To understand the actual requires awareness, an alert and totally free mind.

-Everyday opportunities for exercises -

# Take a walk whenever you can - like parking the car a few blocks away from your destination.
# Avoid taking the elevator; climb the stairs instead
# Cultivate your quiet awareness by imagining an opponent attacking you - while you are sitting, standing, or lying down, etc. - and counter that attack with various moves. Simple moves are the best.
# Practice your balance by standing on one foot to put your clothes or shoes on - or simply stand on one foot whenever you choose.

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