by Sunil Bali, 12-03-2017

With his unique blend of martial mastery and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his premature death at the age of 32, Bruce Lee is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless.

Many of Bruce Lee’s pearls of wisdom have their roots in Lao Tzu’s classic text, The Tao Te Ching which was written in 6BC.

Here are nine of the best:

  1. Empty your mind, let go and be like water. Water has no shape of its own but moulds itself to the receptacle that contains it. When heated to the state of steam it is invisible, but has enough power to split the earth itself. When frozen it crystallizes into a mighty rock. Water can be turbulent like Niagara Falls, and then calm like a still pond. Empty your mind, let go and be like water.
  2. The master observes the world, but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. His heart is as open as the sky.
  3. Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.
  4. When things go wrong, don’t go wrong with them.
  5. Sorrows are our best educator. A man can see farther through a tear than through a telescope. Let what tried to demolish you, polish you.
  6. The spirit, energy and creativity of the individual is determined by his dominant thoughts.
  7. Always have faith in yourself. Always be yourself. Always express yourself. Be a real human being not a plastic one.
  8. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser focus.
  9. If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.



Son: Dad, I’m considering a career in organized crime.

Dad: In the Government or private sector?

With end of year exams looming, here are the thoughts of one student:

I just realized that "never" is a contraction of "not ever" and

"blush" is a contraction of "blood rush" and also,

"studying" is a contraction of "student dying."


Live big & love deep.