“It is like a finger pointing to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”

“Be like water because it is soft, resilient, and formless. It can never be snapped.”

“Life is a constant process of relating.”

“The main thing is teaching a man to do his thing, just be himself…I’m against trying to impose a style on a man. This is an art, an expression of a man’s own self.”

“The greatest help is self-help; there is no other help but self-help–doing one’s best, dedicating oneself wholeheartedly to a given task, which happens to have no end but is an ongoing process.”

“All the time people come up and say, “Bruce–are you really that good?” I say, “well, if I tell you I’m good, probably you’ll say I’m boasting. But if I tell you I’m no good, you’ll know I’m lying.”

“Empty your mind. Be formless. Shapeless. Like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teacup, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

“…it’s an integral part of the philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism, the ideals of giving with adversity, to bend slightly and then spring up stronger than before, to have patience in all things, to profit by one’s mistakes and lessons in life.”

“To change with change is the changeless state.”