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The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee

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During his lifetime, legendary martial artist Bruce Lee formulated a complex personal philosophy--a synthesis of Eastern and Western ideals--that extolled the virtues of knowledge and total mastery of one's self. However, most of his philosophical writings could be found only within the personal library of the Bruce Lee estate--until now. "The Warrior Within" is the most ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 22nd 1996 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published April 1st 1996)
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May 28, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing
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I was studying buddhism a little before I began reading this book and find that Taoism is more of what I would like to understand more of due to it's similiarities of balance and harmony - like Navajo beliefs. This book was amazing! I loved all the things I read in each chapter, it was like a new life lesson each day and it was a great and clean feeling to open and explore these new ideas within reference to where I am at in my own life.
I especially enjoyed the last pages of the book in which it
Sep 27, 2007 Alex rated it it was ok
This book is a compilation of chicken-scratch notes left behind by Bruce Lee. When you read it, you understand why Lee did not make a book out of it himself. Many of the philosophies and lessons laid out are not fully elaborated or completely thought out. Many are on the border of being trite. From a skeptical point-of-view this book is only a superficially sincere tribute to Lee while it is more honestly a way to cash on having access to the left-over writings of a famous dead person.
Greg Diehl
Dec 03, 2016 Greg Diehl rated it liked it
I've always been intrigued with Lee's life. He is an engaging figure who was as interested in the life of the mind as he was with that of the foot and fist etc. This work, while not incredibly well-written, has numerous anecdotes that add depth to the philosophies that Lee chose to install in the center of his life (and his personal philosophy - Jeet Kune Do). I was particularly interested in how he saw western philosophy (analytic/intellectual) intersecting with eastern (experiential) - and ...more
Nov 03, 2016 Franta rated it liked it
Bruce Lee was a philosopher, trying to explain taoism in practical use. This books tries to bring together Lee's notes and life insights into a coherent form, but a shorter format would suit it better. More punching less talking!
Sep 07, 2016 Tif rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I cringed every time the author mentioned something people in the West may not understand. Assuming your audience is not familiar with your subject is not a good way to reach them. I did like the concepts and some of the ideas portrayed in this book but the delivery could use some work.
May 05, 2015 Peter rated it it was amazing
Bruce Lee was known as one of the greatest martial artist in the last century. This book goes deeper than that. It offers a great insight on his philosophy and practice which made him an iconic figure. Bruce Lee was just as smart as he was strong and this book offers great knowledge that can easily be applied to your own life. Since Bruce was Taoist, it does get into Taoism which was very interesting to read and know. John Little was also one of the only people allowed to go into Bruce's ...more
Alejandro Galaza
Jul 04, 2009 Alejandro Galaza rated it really liked it
Bruce Lee's philosophical principles were rooted in the Tao, or yin-yang system where complimentary energies of the feminine and masculine combine to make a complete whole. In his book, he writes that the Tao permeates every aspect of life, such as in a fight, in human relationships,etc. I thought that the book contained some of Lee's interesting philosophies. My favorite of his philosophical concepts it that the life is about relationships; we discover who we are and what we are to do by ...more
Sep 05, 2016 Marc rated it really liked it
After reading this, I correlated a lot with Bruce Lee's lifestyle. I was a bit skeptic at first, but I found out we had a lot in common in terms of life styles. This resolved most of my uncertainties.
Nov 24, 2014 Josh rated it it was amazing
Great biography from the leading authority on Bruce Lee, John Little. Details about his life, his exercise regiment and his writing and philosophy. Powerful, moving stories on concepts of eastern philosophy and religion, of which, I love to share with other people. I read it many years ago but I continually find myself going back to the book again and again.
Feb 24, 2013 Arp rated it it was amazing
Bruce Lee was much, much deeper than the popular image of him as a bad-ass martial artist presumes. He believed deeply in self-expression, self-actualization and continually learning & growing. He was strongly influenced by Taoism (my own curiosity is piqued now) as well. I've written down quite a few quotes form the book and have been living with new perspectives.
Nov 06, 2013 Kyung rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. I'm not sure what was more powerful, though: the words in the book or the man behind them. Nevertheless this book empowered me to become a better person and martial artist. I need to revisit this again.
Mason Owens
Jan 17, 2016 Mason Owens rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
A great introduction to the philosophy Bruce Lee embodied; a brief origin, how it effected his life, and the influences he left.

This is not a biography recounting a man's life but a treatise through recounting how he lived/experienced life we can appreciate our own life.
Mar 05, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing
People only think of Bruce Lee as a great martial artist but he was also a great thinker. His true passion was philosophy but he chose to express it through martial arts.

Great book, gives options on how to adjust to the ups and downs of the daily grind.
Oscar Sanchez
Jul 01, 2013 Oscar Sanchez rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites. This book was given to me as a gift years ago and I revisit it from time to time. A wonderful insight into the mind of Bruce Lee. A book that has changed my perspective and personal philosophy. A must-read for any true Bruce Lee fan.
Feb 27, 2015 Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never having read or watched Bruce Lee before, I felt this audiobook was a good introduction to his philosophical teachings.
Feb 23, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing
Great book. It allows one to think in terms of almost an "outside experience". There are a lot of useful thoughts that can be applied to everyday experience.
Spencer Marlen-starr
Nov 14, 2015 Spencer Marlen-starr rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book for the 2nd time this year, it is fantastic in every way. It gets a little repetitive at times, but that is actually a good thing to help you remember the lessons.
Jun 28, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Only halfway through, but the first time I have actually read about Eastern philosophy! I LOVE it!!!
So many things that I have felt, but as a Westerner could not express.
Alberto Peisach
Jan 26, 2014 Alberto Peisach rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book I have read on the life of Bruce Lee as a person, his thoughts, way of life and, how he achieved what did. Strongly recommend it.
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