OF ALL the tragic deaths at a young age of a person who stood out like few before or since, Bruce Lee packed so much into his 32 years it seems almost inconceivable he was human.
At one stage I grew up on badly dubbed bootleg martial arts movie, even going to the lengths of making nunchucks out of pieces of wood and clothes line such was the influence to imitate.
But beyond his movies is where Bruce Lee really comes alive with his words, charisma and eloquence as a philosopher – and without seeming trite – was a great human being.
As amazing as his physicality on screen was, his words are what really separate him as not just an actor or martial artist, but a deep thinker full of wisdom which he arguably expressed with even greater greater ability than flying kicks or mesmerising hand speed.
Here are some words to live by from a true legend:
He essentially worked himself to death such was his dedication to entertainment in Hong Kong and Hollywood. So there’s a deep irony in many of his memorable quotes, that although hard work and success are to be strived for on whatever level, there comes a point where mortality cannot be escaped, where ambition and life’s pressures become too much even for the most physically conditioned, a stark warning on the mentality of a workaholic lifestyle.
Side note: I thoroughly recommend the book Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit by Bruce Thomas, an excellent well researched insight into Bruce Lee’s life.