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"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

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 7
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 15th 2000 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 2000)
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Jillian Nadiak No. This book is just the philosophy of Bruce Lee. He was an excellent martial artist, but he also prided himself on his thoughts on life. It's a bunc…moreNo. This book is just the philosophy of Bruce Lee. He was an excellent martial artist, but he also prided himself on his thoughts on life. It's a bunch of quotes on life that he eventually put down into a book. No technique, simply philosophical musings. (less)

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Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book by a great a great person. Though Bruce Lee is most famous for being a martial arts actor, he was a great thinker which definitely enhanced his martial arts prowess. First of all this is not a Martial Arts book. The book is Bruce’s thought process on life.

Though it is written like a philosophy book, it is very easy to read. To quote Bruce himself, he says great thinkers and philosophers have a ways of making what they have to says more complicated then it should be. Bruce takes the o
Isaac Samuel Miller
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book full of veritable philosophy. I am in love with this book.
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
If you were to say "What springs to mind when you think of Bruce Lee?", most people would talk about martial arts or his untimely death. What a lot of people don't know, is that Bruce Lee was as much of a Philosopher as he was a Martial Artist, or a movie star. Indeed, his degree in America was on Philosophy.

So it will come as little suprise then that Bruce will have had a lot of thoughts on aspects of life. And here they are. This small book contains some of the most poignant thoughts I have ev
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: general public, philosophy students
An excellent introduction to Bruce Lee. He only wrote so much in his short life, and it has been re-cut and repackaged so many times already. I have to say this is the best book of all to have. It contains all his basic ideas and attitude toward life, presented a few lines at a time in eight chapters. It's not so much a coherent work as the most-worthy summation of his writings. It gives you a good feel for the man.

Note: this book is mostly "philosophy"; it is not a technical manual for fightin
Vicky Giavasi
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what I expected when I bought this book but it was a surprise all right! At the time I bought it I had the very false idea that it would be mostly a kind of trivial stuff of the usual kind. You know, wisdom quotes out of a calendar. On the other hand I knew how unique Bruce Lee was, and his books are unique like him. The quotes are not out of calendar at all. They are words from a person who not only comes directly from east and so he naturally understands the east way of thinking- ...more
I read this every day, a couple pages at a time, usually at the gym. I read it along with the Tao Te Ching. I'm going to make it a part of my daily reading regimen. Bruce Lee has provided life-changing wisdom that has changed my life by changing the way I think. The book provides snippets gathered from all his writings, focusing on his wisdom, for application to life.

A vault of wisdom, a treasure greater than money and material to me.

I've listed 76 highlights from the Kindle download. Feel free
Ibrahim Niftiyev
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, this book is a "translation" of Bruce's drafts into publicly readable texts. It is kind of an evolutionary timeline of the author's philosophical background. The structure is short and tiny observations about various things in philosophy and society. Nothing extraordinary. Some ideas and statements were amplified again and again (like, the usefulness of a cup is because of its emptiness; we are all the same race; religions are dividing us and etc.). For the old time sake, I'm gonna give 4 ...more
I have to leave now, my friend. You have a long journey ahead of you, and you must travel light. From now on drop all your burden of preconceived conclusions behind, and "open" yourself to everything and everyone ahead. Remember, my friend, the usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness. -Bruce Lee

I consider Bruce Lee to be one of my closest teachers, and I apply his knowledge in my every day life due to its vitality and practicality. I read this book religiously for over a month, did not want it t
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very inspirational for anyone trying to overcome adversity.
Rashedul Riyad
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although this is not the kind of book to read in a noisy environment, I've finished it while commuting. Such a deeply insightful book about life and beyond. ...more
Abhilash Bhat
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I personally have always looked up to Bruce Lee for his life philosophy, more than for his physical prowess.

This book is a collection of aphorisms based on his life experience and covers a range of topics, just like Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

Must read, for anyone who is into philosophy, Bruce Lee or into simplicity.
In order to test my cup of tea you must first empty your cup —Bruce lee

Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living is an unparalleled volume of Lee's own writings on the wisdom that he used to shape his extraordinary life.

Bruce Lee was truly a phenomenal human being, not only for his martial arts prowess, but also for his deep understanding of philosophy, Optimal Living, and his desire to share his knowledge with others.
It Consists eight sections, and covers 72 topics and 825 aphori
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I knew little about Lee before reading this book and found him to be a pretty big thinker. It is hard to criticize a book that is just a collection of a man's ideas without judging the man, but I liked how it was organized by general topics and did not have to be read in any direction. Lee comes off as a master of living without typical self help guru arrogance and rarely uses himself as a concrete example and keeps his advice and assertions general and abstract. However it is hard to tell if it ...more
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a surprising little book! I began reading it knowing very little about Bruce himself, and have left with the impression that he was wise beyond his years. The way the book is set up as tidbits of philosophical wisdom actually serves the authors wish of communicating that, a teacher cannot give you truth, he can only point you in the right direction. This book does exactly that! He sets out the puzzle pieces and asks that you create the final picture for yourself. Unique in it's scope and br ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-shelf

Rating 4/5

“The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a patter of systems.”

This book gives us a great perspective of Bruce Lee as a person.

Quite disappointed with the writing style which is written in as Quotes. Could have been much better with a detailed explanation.

Leaving that a part Striking Thoughts is an insightful Read.

Sondra Faye
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I consider Bruce Lee one of my ghost mentors. If you have never read any of Bruce Lee's works, and you have a curiosity towards philosophy; this is the book to start with. ...more
Michael Toro
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Solid insight into a master of thoughts best weapon.
A must have for any person looking for straight-to-the-point wisdom. It contains collected sorted wording by Lee.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Throughout this book, Bruce Lee's main theme he wants you to learn that is the basis of all his philosophy is to take what you see in the world through YOUR own eyes only, YOUR own perception, YOUR search for the truth from YOUR point of view because the "truth" can be seen differently by everyone. I love this book so much that it is actually my favorite book because the Lee himself personally says that the Universe and everything within should be defined from an individual perspective and neve ...more
Kannan Sv
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*)“Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
*)“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.”
*)“Its like a finger pointing away to the moon. Dont concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”

Superman's way of expressing things as simple commandments is mind blowing... To read repeatedly to master them...
Cliff Yates
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up another book by Bruce Lee after this one. I'm sure like myself most people associate Bruce Lee with martial arts. His priority was actually as an actor and philosopher. He went to school to study philosophy. He considered himself an actor who also practiced martial arts. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into self-development and positivity. Excellent book. ...more
Melvin Patterson
Loved it. Bruce Lee studied philosophy at University and his thought, perception and depth show. That he was able to incorporate a lot of his philosophy into his movies made his movies that much more enjoyable. From his time on The Green Hornet to Enter the Dragon his martial thought was evident. Well done.
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book Rocks for inspiration and Motivation. Bruce is the King.
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Bruce Lee was a truly amazing, and inspiring human being. I realized that the instant I read this book. His words are one's I can look to when the world ceases to make sense. ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book that demonstrates how martial arts is not just a hobby but also a way of life.
Cynthia Vespia
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved every page of this. Bruce Lee was so wise on so many levels. Inspiring quotes for every facet of life. This one is a keeper I will refer back to again and again.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a mix of interesting philosophical reflections with the blandness of reading someone's study notes. ...more
Miroslav Tsibinog
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gems
I would never guess that Bruce Lee was such a deep and profound thinker. Many ideas that make rethink various aspects of life. Gem.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book Review

The Wisdom of Daily Living
By- Bruce Lee

I will give this book because is a book that has a lot of topics that are interesting like philosophy, martial arts and a lot of like tips for the daily living so that is cool because the martial art is like something like physical, the philosophy is like something mental, and the wisdom of living is cool to know is not only a lot of topics together is a lot of topics put well put together, so that make a really engaging book.
And I forget to sa
Bogdan Florin
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal book containing hundreds of aphorisms. I was not thinking this book will cover so much ground: Zen, to Taoism to Stoicism. I was not thinking Bruce Lee is a philosopher. Bruce can summarize in one paragraph the essence of lots of ideas. What for others took books, for him it was paragraphs.

After each learning, you will have to take a bit of fresh air and reflect about what did you read, and how this changes your views of the world, how does it reflect on your activities.

The way th
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Bruce Lee was an American-born martial artist, philosopher, instructor, martial arts actor and the founder of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts system, widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century and a cultural icon. He was the father of actor Brandon Lee and of actress Shannon Lee.

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