Bruce Lee: Artist of Life, Paperback Book
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A rare, never-before-seen collection of Bruce Lee's private letters and writing!Bruce Lee was an intense man with such sheer concentration of energy that no one who encountered him, on screen or in person, could help but be drawn to him and his enthusiasm for life and knowledge. A voracious and engaged reader, Lee wrote extensively, synthesizing the thought of East and West into a unique personal philosophy of self-discovery. Bruce Lee: Artist of Life explores the development and fruition of Bruce Lee's thoughts about gung fu (kung fu), philosophy, psychology, poetry, jeet kune do, acting, and self-knowledge.This volume from Bruce Lee's private notebooks is capped by a selection of Lee's letters that eloquently demonstrate how he incorporated his thought into actions and advice to others. Also included are multiple drafts of select compositions, showing how Lee's thought evolved and was refined over the years and how the ideas he was reading and writing about were reflected in his work and everyday life.Sections include:Gung Fu—reflections on gung fu, psychology in defense and attack, how to choose a martial arts instructor, and Bruce's own view on the martial artPhilosophy—regarding human understanding, Taoism, Plato, Socrates, and DescartesPsychology-three types of philosophy, the top dog and the underdog, the four basic philosophical approaches, and learningPoetry-'The Dying Sun,' 'Love is a Friendship Caught on Fire,' 'Once More I Hold You in My Arms,' and 'Parting'Jeet Kune Do–The Liberation-toward personal liberation, notes on JKD, true mastery, and an objective evaluation of the combative skill of Bruce Lee, by those who know what it isActing-what exactly is an actor, the art of actingSelf-knowledge-in search of someone real, self-actualization, and the passionate state of mindLetters-'The True Meaning of Life–Peace of Mind,' 'Use Your Own Experience and Imagination,' and 'It's All in the State of Mind'This Bruce Lee Book is part of the Bruce Lee Library which also features:Bruce Lee: Striking ThoughtsBruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden DragonBruce Lee: The Tao of Gung FuBruce Lee: Letters of the DragonBruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human BodyBruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, over 100 b&w photos
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
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  • Category: Films, cinema
  • ISBN: 9780804832632



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Bruce Lee quote from Artist of Life: "In life, what can you ask for but to be real; to fulfill your potential instead of wasting energy on actualizing your dissipating image, which is not real and means expending your vital energy. We have great work ahead of us, and it requires devotion and much, much energy. To grow, to discover, we need involvement, which is something I experience every day, sometimes good, sometimes frustrating. No matter what, you must let your Inner Light guide you out of darkness"Bruce Lee's wisdom gleaned from many years committed to the path of self-discovery, expressed here in philosophy, psychology, poetry and more.

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This book is about Bruce lees life if you’re not a fan of his or like martial arts then you probably won’t like it but overall it’s alright. Every now and then he ads some of his advice and opinions that he has towards life and I guess to some people this can inspire them, especially those who see him as a role model. This book shows the many stages in Bruce lees exciting life.