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Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living (The Bruce Lee library) [Paperback]

Bruce Lee , John Little
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; New edition edition (20 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804834717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804834711
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 12.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Bruce Lee was more than just a man of action - he was a man of words. A voracious reader, Lee studied text after text, taking meticulous notes to devise his theories both in fighting and in life strategy. For the first time in paperback, John Little, who was granted exclusive access to Lee's notebooks, presents Lee's writing, which outlines the techniques and philosophies Lee used to develop his personal philosophy and the fighting system of Jeet Kune Do.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Live Life To The Full! 20 May 2004
If you are thinking of buying this book in the belief that it will help you kick higher or punch faster, then you would be wrong. The idea of this book is to help anyone who reads it, to basically lead a better life in the sense of becoming much more chilled and relaxed, and loving life just that little bit more.
It is called 'Striking Thoughts' and belive me that is exactly what it. there are precisely 832 quotes, lifted from the many thousands in the Bruce Lee estate. They are split into eight main parts; Part 1: On First Principles, Part 2: On Being Human, Part 3: On Matters Of Existence, Part 4: On Achievement, Part 5: On Art & Artists, Part 6: On Personal Liberation, Part 7: The Process Of Becoming, Part 8: On Ultimate (Final) Principles. As you can see, they cover almost every aspect of life including racism, time, existance, motivation, the mind, love, health, goals, sucess, and hundreds more.
John Little, the editor of this book and all the other books in the 'Bruce Lee Library' has made a supurb job of this one as he has all the others, setting it all out in a simply way meanig that it can be used a quick reference book to Bruce Lee's 'words of wisdom'.
I have always had a deep passion for life and after reading this book, i was even more ready to tackle life and its problems head on. I just feel so much happier nad cheery that me friends can't believe it.
Overall a great book which will give you a great insight into the philosophical side to martial arts, or if you don't do martial arts, then just as a great guide to leading a better life. As the saying goes 'make the most of living, for your a long time dead'.
If you love life, buy this book and you'll love it even more!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars striking thoughts indeed 28 Mar 2003
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If you are interested in Bruce from a martial arts point of view, this book may not be for you. If you are looking for his throught provoking observations and attitudes towards life and his experiences in it, this is a pretty good book. There are more quotes in this book than you could ever wish for. It is jam packed full of quotes that demonstrate his sensitivity, intelligence and eastern viewpoint.
It has sections on first principles, being human, matters of existence, achievement, art, personal liberation, process of becoming, and ultimate principles. I like to think of this book as less philosophical junkfood, as nourishment for the thinking, questioning mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of literature 27 Nov 2010
By Mavrik
This book really shows that as well as being a world famous actor and legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee was also a very intelligent guy and a great philosopher. This book will make you question your own beliefs and motivations and look within yourself to what really inspires and motivates you deep-down. It will make you question reality and the world around you and realise that the truth is only what we perceive around us and the rest is for us to decide, discover and create. I found it inspirational, enlightening, motivational and absolutely compelling reading.
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Bruce Lee always maintained that one should not aspire to be like him or copy him, but to search for what he was searching for and to go on your own spiritual journey and find who you are by yourself. True to this philosophy, "Striking Thoughts" takes the reader on a journey of the heart and soul. Contained within it are basically 800 aphorisms that either stirred something within Bruce Lee, or that Lee made up himself. John Little, the editor of the book has selected these aphorisms from the many thousand in the Bruce Lee estate and he has done well in compiling and grouping them by topic for quick reference and consequently it increases the accessibility for all readers, not just academics/philosophers. In doing this Little has continued the Lee legacy by enabling everyone to reach out and start their own journey of self-actualisation. On the down side, if you have any of the other books edited by John Little, part of the 'Bruce Lee Library' published by Tuttle, you'll come across some repetition, but all in all this book is very poignant and serves to prove that Lee was much more than a martial artist, he was an artist of life, and Striking thoughts reflects that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Into the Mind of A Master. 21 May 2008
If you are looking at this to see if it will help with your martial arts techniques, then you are coming at this from the wrong angle.These are quotes from Bruce Lee, to encourage you to think for yourself, and find peace and fulfillment in life. It covers goal setting, self actualisation, thinking for yourself and questioning everything.
"Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifcially your own",is a famous quote from Bruce Lee.There is a lot of "useful" in this great little book to absorb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Striking thoughts 16 July 2006
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I found it to be perfect to dip into for quick bursts of inspiration. This book is a collection of his various quotes and small writings that highlight his ideas and philosophy. It isn't necessarily a martial arts book (although this is touched upon), but a book about living your life in general. Although many of these ideas are not originally Bruce's, he was obviously moved by them and he does manage to represent them in a style of his own and in an accessible way. This has some great ideas whether you're a follower of Bruce's films or martial path or not.

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This is a sizeable book with lots of short quotes from the great man. His wisdom was remarkable and though one doesn't agree with everything it really packs a kick with a lot of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super white and clean book
This book came with absolute no defects, fully loaded with quality that it's rare to see in any book store.
Published 7 months ago by Bruno Martins
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read
This book has Bruce Lee's outlook all the way through, it's basically his thoughts on paper. Makes you think about life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr S Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
arrived in good time as this is a gift for xmas, the book is in very good condition item is exactly as described.
Published 9 months ago by terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
One of the best books I've ever read.

Bruce's sharpest weapon was his mind.

This is a book which you can read for hours or just a few seconds. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nev
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Lee is a legend.
This book of quotes is so inspirational and refreshing - Definitely gives you a different out look on life. RIP BL.
Published 11 months ago by Yasmin
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable bedtime read
Take a couple of minutes each night to read a few pages to get through this book. Cant read it in long stints though but thats just me :)
Published 12 months ago by Max Common
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