Bruce Lee’s Never-Before-Seen Writings on Willpower, Emotion, Reason, Memory, Imagination, and Confidence

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Bruce Lee was best known for his legacy in film and martial arts but he was also a great philosopher. He carried around a notepad with him wherever he went so he could jot down his ideas. He filled this with everything, from training regimes to phone numbers to poems and philosophical reflections. Below, we have uncovered a few of his profound affirmations below:


“Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind, I will exercise it daily, when I need the urge to action for any purpose, and I will form habit designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily!”


“Recognizing that both my positive and negative emotions may be dangerous if they are controlled and guided to desirable ends, I will submit all my desires, aims and purposes to my faculties of reason, and I will be guided by it in giving expression to these!”


“Realizing that my emotions are both positive and adverse I will form daily habits which will encourage the development of the positive emotions, and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful action!”


“Recognizing the need for sound plans and ideas for the attainment of my desires, I will develop my vision by calling upon it daily for help in the formation of my plans!”


“Recognizing that my emotions often err in their over-enthusiasm, and my faculty of reason often is without the warmth of feeling that is necessary to enable me to combine justice with mercy in my judgments, I will encourage my conscience to guide me as to what is right and wrong, but I will never set aside the verdicts it renders, no matter what may be the cost of carrying them out!”


“Recognizing the value of an alert memory, I will encourage mine to become alerted by taking care to impress it apparently with all thoughts I wish to recall, and by associating those ideas with related subjects which I may call to mind frequently!”

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