More Bruce Lee

From “The Tao of Jeet Kune Do”:

“If any style teaches you a method of fighting, then you might be able to fight according to the limit of that method, but that is not actually fighting.” 

“If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow. You are not understanding yourself.”

“Concentration is a form of exclusion and where there is exclusion, there is a thinker who excludes. It is the thinker, the excluder, the one who concentrates, who creates contradiction because he forms a center from which there is distraction.”

“When, in a split second, your life is threatened, do you say, ‘Let me make sure my hand is on my hip, and my style is ‘the style’?’ When your life is in danger, do you argue about the method you will adhere to while saving yourself? Why the duality?”

Self consciousness is a barrier to good performance. This is why Michael Jordan’s accuracy tended to be way better in the later quarters than it was in the first. In the beginning, you’re thinking. Towards the end, you’re just doing. This brings to mind another Bruce Lee quote:

“Turn into a doll made of wood: it has no ego, it thinks nothing, it is not grasping or sticky. Let the body and limbs work themselves out in accordance with the discipline they have undergone.” 

“If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.”

“Fat people are harder to kidnap”

If this stuff doesn’t help my pool game, it might at least help me if a brawl breaks out when I lose all three in one night!

11 Responses to “More Bruce Lee”

  1. Cosmic Siren says:

    I am trying to suppress the desire to choke my mother.

    I’m getting a headache.

  2. Mexigogue says:

    Hey I just added one more quote.

  3. Cosmic Siren says:

    “If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.”

    And if that doesn’t work – get a big gun and blow a hole through them.

  4. Mexigogue says:

    Ancient Chinese secret huh?

  5. Cosmic Siren says:

    Heh.

    Just read your reply to Al’s attempt to be Mr. Guru again.

    *give Mexi a bear hug*

  6. Ghandi from the "D" says:

    Okay this will be the next book I read after “Atlas Shrugged”. Mike I think I understand the premise of this book but I am waiting for it to pick up a little.

    See this is a good thing that came out of the Blog. I am reading again and loving it. Thanks Mexi!!

  7. Mexigogue says:

    I warned you the book has a great premise but it gets boring because Rand is redundant as hell.

    It’s like I get the fucking point !! JEEEEEZ OHHHHH PEEEEETZ!!

  8. Ghandi from the "D" says:

    The book is reminiscent to “Who Moved My Cheese”. There will be many many good nights of reading coming for the kid. I am going to change alot of things from here on out. There is a quote from Einstein that I will find and post later. But it talks about how your situation can never improve if you continually make the same decisions. Something like: “Only a fool repeats the same actions and expects a different reaction”. All the purist on the Blog forgive me but this saying really applies to life.

  9. Mexigogue says:

    As Einstein once said:

    “In the siiiiiiiide!”

  10. Ghandi from the "D" says:

    LOL!!!!!!

  11. TB says:

    I’ve read this book about 3 times… but 5 years ago….. good update!

    goes will with Tao Ching… and “Zen of Kenpo” by Ed Parker.

    now kill people!