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Eros theatre is a iconic building and a movie theatre outside the Churchgate station in Mumbai. This was one theater which played English (Hollywood) movies. Enter the dragon had released and by the third week every person was talking about this movie and Bruce Lee was becoming a house hold name.

A few friends decided to go and watch the movie. For someone not exposed to martial arts, watching Bruce lee perform the action scenes was almost with a sense of disbelief, reverence and awe.

My fascination for Bruce lee grew and actually ended up watching this movie 8-9 times, and subsequently all Bruce lee movies. I still do.
I watched in awe, the speed, grace and ability of Bruce Lee’s skill as a martial artist. Learning more about his life, as short as it was, I discovered that Bruce Lee was more than just a gifted martial artist and he actually studied drama and philosophy at the University of Washington.

Here are a few of my favorite Bruce Lee quotes that I find helpful as a source of inspiration:

“The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”Obey the principles without being bound by them.

“Fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

“Knowing is not enough we must apply. Willing is not enough we must do”

“Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”“To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”

“A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.”

“To grow, to discover, we need involvement which is something I experience everyday, sometimes good, sometimes frustrating.”

Bruce lee left an indelible imprint on all of us. He was instrumental in developing his own style of martial arts.

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