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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: 12.7 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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"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""

" 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"

..".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

"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

-...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

"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

"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

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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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Bruce Lee's personal philosophy draws from his study of both Western and Eastern philosophies. This book is a compilation of Bruce's wisdom, presented in aphorisms which are pithy and profound. Bruce can say in a few words what others might take whole chapters to expound.
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This book of quotes is so inspirational and refreshing - Definitely gives you a different out look on life. RIP BL.
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Load of preachy waffle really. Clearly not written by the great man himself, this book is basically the most inane unmotivating life coach waffle.
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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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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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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 July 2006
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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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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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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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