“I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you?re not in this world to live up to mine.”
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
“Be happy, but never satisfied.”
“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.”
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”
“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”
“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
“A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. ”
“The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”
“As you think, so shall you become.”
Lee Jun-Fan, known as Bruce Lee, was born November 27, 1940. He was a Chinese-American. He was most known for his acting and martial arts skills. He was also a film director, producer and he founded the Jeet Kune Do martial arts movement.
He was born in San Francisco but was raised in Hong Kong . His father was Lee Hoi-chuen, a leading opera and film actor, and his mother was Grace Ho. He was named Lee Jun-Fan which means "return again." He was given this name because his mother believed he would one day return to the United States.
His father played an important role in molding Bruce Lee. He was a leading Cantonese opera and film actor and as a result, Lee grew up around acting. His mother came from an extremely affluent background and so Lee grew up very privileged. Despite this wealth, Lee lived in one of the worst neighborhoods occupied mostly by gangs. As a result Lee was in street fights. It was because of this, Lee getting into fights, that his parents decided that he needed to train in martial arts.
He returned to the United States when he was eighteen years old. He returned in order to further his education. Lee went to Seattle to finish his high school education. He then went on to Minnesota to attend college. Lee enrolled in the University of Washington to study drama and psychology. This was were he met his wife, Linda Emery. They had two children together: Brandon and Shannon.
His movies elevated traditional Hong Kong martial arts films to a new level. He is most known for his roles in The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon, and The Game of Death. He was also in The Green Hornet. It was on the set that he developed Jun Fan Gung Fu. He felt that he had not fully used his abilities and that the fight scene had lasted too long. Thus he developed a martial arts technique that was more focused on flexibility, speed, practicality, and efficiency. He called it "the style of no style." He felt that this was again too restrictive and later evolved it into Jeet Kune Do, the Way of the Intercepting Fist. Lee is also known for his unstoppable punch which he demonstrated in 1967 at the Long Beach International Karate Championships. It is a straight punch to the face that cannot be intercepted.
Lee was in a multitude of films. He was in The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon, and The Game of Death. He had been in more than twenty films by the age of eighteen. He came to the United States and his interest was more focused on his martial arts career. Then he was invited to audition for "Number One Son," a television series which never aired. He then played Kato in The Green Hornet. He also choreographed fight scenes for The Wrecking Crew which featured Chuck Norris and A Walk in the Spring Rain.
Bruce Lee collapsed on May 10, 1973 in Golden Harvest Studios. He had been suffering seizures and headaches. He was diagnosed with cerebral edema. They reduced the swelling and Lee later went home. On July 20, 1973 Lee complained of a headache and took a pain reliever. By dinner Lee hadn't shown up so his wife, Linda, went to wake him. He wouldn't wake. He was dead before reaching the hospital. He was thirty-two years old. The official autopsy reported that Lee died of a severe allergic reaction to Equagesic, a muscle relaxant.